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Obama Throws Shade At President At Leadership Summit

Ever since President Donald Trump took office, there has been a ton of discussion about his social media habits. Despite being roundly criticized as ‘un-presidential’ for some of the things he’s had to say online, the commander-in-chief is sticking to his guns and relying on his favorite medium to get his message out there.

Supporters love it, critics hate it, and the news cycle can be upended in a minute based on the president’s whims, but it’s obviously not going to be changing anytime soon.

Former President Barack Obama delivered some remarks at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, India. As the Daily Mail shares, Obama was engaged in a conversation with journalist Karan Thapar, and he pointed out that things can go awry with a simple tweet.

“Don't say the first thing that pops into your head, just have a little bit of an edit function. That's wise for life generally,” Obama said. “Think before you speak, think before you tweet, same principle.”

Many observers took that as a clear swipe at his successor, and some follow-up comments from Obama did little to quell that speculation.

“I think it's important to be mindful about both the power of these tools and also its limits and to understand it can be used for both good or for ill,” he added. “And look, I've got 100 million Twitter followers. I actually have more than other people who use it more often.”

While whether or not that conversation directly revolved around Trump or not is open to debate, another part of the conversation left little doubt. For unclear reasons, a question was posed to Obama on who was more representative of the ‘real America,’ Donald Duck or Trump. To Obama’s credit, he didn’t bite on that one, but he did offer up some additional words of wisdom.

“It is just this cacophony of life. And it throws up all kinds of variety,” Obama said. “And there are political trends in America that I don't agree with or abide by, but I recognize as part of a running thread in American life.”

Obama is a gifted speaker that can wriggle himself out of some sticky situations, so he deserves kudos for deftly answering this one without fanning the flames. That said, there have been times when he’s felt the need to throw shade in his successor’s direction, and that goes against the example that has been laid out by many of his predecessors.

New administrations should be afforded the opportunity of operating without the old one looking over their shoulder, and that remains an unwritten rule in presidential politics that most former commanders-in-chief have been able to follow without issue.

Critics of that stance are quick to point out that these are not normal times - see Trump’s tweets, for example - but that doesn’t mean that we can all let things go by the wayside. Obama - and other former presidents - can say a whole lot more by saying nothing when the topic turns to the current president.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: The White House, YouTube

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