President Donald Trump has always taken pride in his Twitter following of more than 40 million people. But now, former President Barack Obama is here to remind you that he has more than double the followers.
Without naming any names, Obama appeared to subtly shade his Twitter-obsessed successor during a leadership forum in New Delhi, India, on Friday, where he noted: “I’ve got 100 million Twitter followers. I actually have more than other people who use it more often.”
(For the record, Obama has around 97 million Twitter followers while Trump has 44 million.)
Obama also touched on his Twitter habits, which read like a study in how not to tweet like Trump.
For one thing, Obama said he uses spellcheck and punctuation.
“Which my daughters think is odd. They were explaining to us how if you put a period at the end of a sentence it sounds harsh. I said, ‘No, that’s English. That’s how you know the thought is finished,’ ” Obama quipped, according to The Washington Post.
The former president also had some advice for people who get in trouble for tweeting whatever comes into their head.
“Think before you tweet,” Obama said, echoing words of wisdom that wife Michelle Obama shared about social media earlier this week. The former first lady also seemed to take a jab at Trump’s tweets when she said at an event about girls education in Toronto, Canada, on Tuesday: “You need to edit and spell check.”
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Barack Obama’s comments drew laughter from the audience at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, which he attended as part of an ongoing three-country tour.
Obama also seemed to be talking about Trump when he discussed leadership and how elected officials tend to reflect society at large.
“If you see a politician doing things that are questionable, one of the things as a citizen is to ask yourself, ‘Am I encouraging, or supporting or giving license to the values I’m hearing out of the politician?’ ” Obama said. “Because frankly, politicians tend to be more of a mirror and more of a reflection of forces in the society.”
Eventually, the former president was asked a direct question about Trump, though probably one he didn’t see coming: Who reflects the real America, Donald Duck or Donald Trump?
According to The Washington Post, Obama didn’t answer directly, but instead noted that Americans could often be kind and noble, and at other times cruel and shortsighted.