While she did not name names — as is her custom when subtly shading the president — the former first lady appeared to offer Trump some social media tips while giving remarks at the The Economics of Equality: Advancing Women and Girls to Change the World event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday.
Obama addressed a sold-out crowd of 3,000 attendees, discussing her time in the White House and the importance of education in creating change for girls and women.
“One thing I’ve learned in politics. One person can’t make the change. Change is from the bottom up. Not the top down. And that’s a good thing,” she said.
“That means that no one person can break all this either,” Obama added, seemingly referring to Trump without saying his name.
During the fireside-like chat, the mother of two also spoke about social media and made an apparent reference to Trump’s frequent early-morning tweets.
“It is never a good thing to say the first thing that comes to your mind,” Obama said, adding that one should also never tweet from bed at night.
“You need to edit and spell-check,” she later added, as reported by Page Six.
Obama also admitted that there are aspects of social media that she still doesn’t understand.
“What’s up with you young people? This tweetin’ and Snapchattin’ … this is generationally something that I just don’t understand,” she said, according to The Toronto Star. “Would you take your journal, your diary and open it up in the center of the town square and let people just read it? Just come up and go, ‘Ooh, this is how you felt? About your mother?’ ”
The former first lady also gave some encouraging advice to young girls and women: “You can’t make yourself small because other people don’t know how to make themselves big.”
On Oct. 31, at the Obama Foundation’s inaugural youth leadership summit in Chicago, she gave similar advice about the dangers of social media.
“When you have a voice, you can’t just use it any kind of way, you know?” Obama said. “You don’t just say what’s on your mind. You don’t tweet every thought.”
“Most of your first initial thoughts are not worthy of the light of day,” she said, yet again not mentioning Trump by name