During the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi on Friday, former President Barack Obama threw some expert-level shade President Donald Trump's way. As the world knows, Trump can't tear himself away from Twitter. He seems to thrive on approval, especially on social media.
And look, I've got 100 million Twitter followers. I mean, I actually have more than other people who use it more often.
During the interview, which was at turns serious and lighthearted, Obama spoke with his trademark combination of intelligence, candor, and wit.
Now these days, President Obama, politicians have taken to tweeting their thoughts on any subject, on any day, almost at any time. Do you think tweeting your message is a sensible way of dealing directly with the people, or is it dangerous because when you have to compress, you end up simplifying, sometimes distorting.
I think it is important to be mindful about both the power of these tools but also its limits and to understand that it can be used for good or for ill.
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. You see people getting in all kinds of trouble because they just send out some tweet and then they’re trying to erase it afterwards but somebody’s screenshot it and then they’re embarrassed.
Think before you speak, think before you tweet. Same principle.
Obama on Friday: “Think before you tweet.”— PROUD RESISTER 👊 (@ProudResister) December 3, 2017
Trump on Saturday: Too late. I just confessed to obstructing justice on twitter.
YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS SHIT UP!
Clever ploy of Obama, knowing Trump would do the opposite out of spite 😂— matt milne (@filmscorematt) December 3, 2017
Watch the full interview below. Thapar raises the Twitter question at 29:40 minutes, and Obama gets rolling around the 34:43 mark.