Obama to Prince Harry: 'Serenity' on leaving White House

Elias Hubbard
December 27, 2017

British officials are anxious that President Donald Trump will take it personally if Barack Obama is invited to the upcoming royal wedding.

In a BBC interview conducted by Britain's Prince Harry, Obama warned that the internet risked reinforcing people's prejudices and leading to a fractured society.

Obama also credited social media with part of his campaign success, though.

The prince has interviewed former USA president Barack Obama for the programme and the statesman warns that the irresponsible use of social media is distorting the public's understanding of complex issues and leading to the spread of misinformation.

The 40-minute exchange ended on a lighter note, but it appeared Harry went too far when he asked Obama about his choice of underwear in an interview broadcast Wednesday on BBC Radio 4.

It's no secret that Trump hates Obama, especially since Trump has made it a point to criticize America's first Black president at every turn.

The former president declined to say whether he wears boxers or briefs, but was willing to say he prefers Aretha Franklin to Tina Turner - "Aretha is the best", he said of the Queen of Soul - and favours retired basketball star Michael Jordan over current star LeBron James.

However, he said that while he did not have the same "tools" to make a difference and had to rely more on persuasion than legislation, 'I still care about making sure the United States and the world is place where kids get a decent education, people who work hard are able to find a job that pays a living wage, conserving the awesome resources of our planet so that future generations can enjoy the beauty of this place like we did'.

Barack Obama also said that he doesn't have a New Years resolution as he doesn't believe in them: "People typically tend to break them". Both men said the interview, recorded in Canada in September, was Obama's first since leaving the presidency in January. The former president has long supported Harry's Invictus Games initiative, and they enjoy a close personal friendship.

"We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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