Obama's sage advice: 'Think before you tweet'

Elias Hubbard
December 4, 2017

Trump has 43.8 million followers as compared to Obama's 97.4 million followers.

Speaking during the question-answer session, Obama explained to veteran journalist Karan Thapar that he had Indian and Pakistani roommates and their mothers taught him to make dal. "Think before you tweet", the former president commented.

"I think it's important to be mindful of both the power of these tools but also its limits", Obama said when asked about the dangers of Twitter, a platform on which Trump has caused repeat controversies.

"A country shouldn't be divided into sectarian lines and that is something I have told Prime Minister Modi in person as well as to people in America", he said. "You are seeing it in Europe, you are seeing it in the United States and sometimes you see it in India where those old tribal impulses reassert themselves under leaders who try to push back those impulses and under leaders who try to exploit them", Obama said.

"It is an agreement that - even though we have a little bit of a pause in American leadership - is giving our children a fighting chance", he said.

During the presidential campaign, Trump famously said climate change is a hoax perpetrated by China.

Obama said politicians usually reflect public opinion. "If you see a politician doing things that are questionable one of things as citizens you can ask yourself is am I encouraging or supporting or giving licence to the values?" "India and USA have much in common. Commonalities are always based on gender and we need to focus on that", Obama said. "That is something, obviously, that we looked at". This character Barack was portrayed in weird ways. "When he was here in India last he said in a speech that he has deep respect for how important traditions are, and how important identity is, but that is not inconsistent with respecting others and being tolerant of them", Mr. Rhodes, who travelled to Delhi with Mr. Obama, said.

"There are political trends in American that I don't agree with and abide by but I recognise as part of a running thread in American life".

"Barack Obama is the great explainer to the rest of the world of what the heck is going on in America", said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University.

He said that despite the bad news people hear every day, that when it came to having a good life, right now was the best moment to be born in all of human history.

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