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Poke! The Chinese Premiere Logs in to Facebook

Since the earthquake, Chinese Premiere Wen Jiabao has made a bunch of friends. Over 13,000 of them to be exact — according to his hopping Facebook profile. He's become wildly popular for his fast and feeling response to the May 12 earthquake. At one disaster site, a collapsed school, the 66-year-old politician called out these touching words of comfort: "This is Grandpa Wen Jiabao, hang on child, we will rescue you!"

Since the creation of his page two days after the quake, Wen has gotten messages posted on his wall like "I love you, oh my God," "a model Premier for the world!" and the text-rageous, "it's so great 2 see u here!" For wasting no time rolling up his sleeves and heading to the worst hit locations with a bullhorn and hard hat, he seems to have eclipsed President Hu Jintao (who has no Facebook page of his own). Is an popular profile the answer? To find out,


Saying things like, "the central government hasn't forgotten about this place. We will rescue those who are injured. If the roads are blocked, we'll use airplanes to lift them out," he provided comfort. But was it enough? Chinese parents are now lashing out at the government for suspect construction that allowed the schools to collapse in the first place. In one school of 900, only 13 made it out of the rubble. Can Grandpa Wen Jiabao help them forget?

Has he set the new example for how politicians should respond to disasters? Do some times call for a grandfatherly type with the presence of mind to have a Facebook profile? All in all, are you impressed with the Chinese government's response to the quake?

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