He may not be pulling the actual levers of power any longer, but former President Obama is definitely doing all he can to undermine the current occupant of the White House.
Sitting down for a long conversation with Indian journalist Karan Thapar after his Friday opening speech at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, the former president couldn’t help but take a few shots at his successor and, of course, his longtime nemesis – Fox News.
Obviously referencing Trump during a discussion about politicians’ use of social media, especially Twitter, Obama said social media use can lead “to a lot of snap judgments” which “psychologists know … are typically wrong.”
Speaking of his wife Michelle’s prior statement that it’s “never a good idea” to “tweet from bed” or offer your first thought when waking up on social media, and that “you need to edit and spell-check it,” apparent references to Trump, the former president said, “It wasn’t me she talked about. I also use punctuation in my text, which my daughters think is odd.”
“Michelle was giving the general idea,” Obama continued, “which your mother also said, that don’t say the first thing that pops in your head. Have a little bit of an edit function … think before you speak, think before you tweet.”
Obama then drew a distinction between conservative and liberal media outlets and their “information silos.”
“Those who watch Fox News and those who read The New York Times occupy completely different realities. If I watch Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me. I would watch it and say who is that guy [Obama]? This character Barack was portrayed in weird ways. It is all edited and shaped. … The point is, you get multiple realities.”
And Trump was criticized for calling CNN “Fake News!”
“It’s hard to have a conversation if someone says climate change is a hoax. If you are saying it [climate change] is a hoax, there is no way to bridge our differences,” Obama said in an obvious slam of Trump’s view as the audience applauded.
The former president also took a dig at the amount of social media followers he has as opposed to someone who tweets more often than he does.
“I have almost 100 million followers [on Twitter], more than other people who use it more often,” Obama quipped.
Typically, former U.S. presidents have refrained from being openly critical of their successors, but if anyone expected former President Obama to give President Trump the same courtesy that George W. Bush gave him, they’d be sorely mistaken.
Stay classy, Barack.
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