Barack Obama Seemingly Takes Shots At Donald Trump With Warning About Divisive Social Media Usage!

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What a wonderful post-Christmas treat!

As we previously reported, back in September, Prince Harry sat down with Barack Obama for a chat about life after the presidency. Although we had to wait awhile, on Wednesday morning, BBC Radio 4‘s Today finally aired the high-profile interview. Ahead of lightning round questions (which included 44 giving his thoughts on Suits vs. The Good Wife), the ginger royal asked Obama to share his thoughts about Donald Trump‘s inauguration.

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Being a seasoned politician, the former Commander-In-Chief tactfully danced around naming the Trumpster personally, but did mention that he had some mixed feelings on January 20. Why?? Mainly, he felt somewhat uneasy about Donald’s election given “all the work that was still undone” and “concerns about how the country moves forward.”

After the chaotic year we’ve had, it seems Barack’s concerns were justified. Still, Obama didn’t expect the peace of mind he felt once he departed the oval office. In regards to the inauguration, he noted:

“But overall there was a serenity there, more than I would have expected.”

Good answer. Obama seemingly took another shot at Trump when he issued a warning about the toxic nature of social media. Michelle Obama‘s husband added:

“One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be just cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.”

Specifically, Obama criticized how the many online platforms can reinforce prejudicial views. He continued:

“The question I think really has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn’t lead to a balkanization of our society, but rather continues to promote ways of finding common ground├óΓé¼┬ª All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the internet. It used to be, in the United states for example, we had three television stations and everybody watched Walter Cronkite or David Brinkley or whoever the chief anchor was. Everybody had a common set of facts, and so there might be conservatives and liberals, but people could generally agree on a baseline of reality.”

Well said. Can’t he just come back?? *WAAAAAAH*

Barack went on to address his own reputation that was criticized in the media. Although the press often described him as “dispassionate and professorial and analytical,” he relayed that he’s actually quite the empathetic person:

“I don’t think I can do my job well, or that any leader can do their job well if they don’t have the capacity to feel deeply for the people they’re serving. The great danger that often befalls leaders is that the people they’re supposed to be serving become abstractions. If you don’t understand that what you do every day has a profound impact on somebody else, then you shouldn’t be there.”

Are you LISTENING, Donald??? Despite still being a prominent political figure in the U.S., Obama is now focusing on “training the next generation of leaders.” In fact, he happily described himself as a “coach.” Ummm, okay — we’d pay to see THAT movie.

Well, it appears Harry REALLY nailed this guesting editing role for BBC Radio 4, because he got some great answers out of Barack. However, we’re a little irked that Prince William‘s bro didn’t confirm whether Barack and Michelle will be invited to his wedding. Meghan Markle‘s man coyly dished:

“I don’t know about that, we haven’t even put the invite or the guest list together, who knows if he’s going to be invited or not… I wouldn’t want to ruin that surprise.”

*Sigh* Regardless, be sure to listen to Harry and Barack’s sit down for yourself by clicking HERE!

[Image via Euan Cherry/WENN.]

Dec 27, 2017 8:33am PST

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