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Wed Dec 27, 2017, 07:55 AM

Obama to Prince Harry: leaders must use care on social media

By Gregory Katz | AP December 27 at 6:50 AM
LONDON — Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that people in leadership roles must be careful in their use of social media and warned against spending too much time immersed in the internet at the expense of the world outside.

He did not, however, directly mention his successor, President Donald Trump, who has made the use of Twitter a centerpiece of his presidency.

“All of us in leadership have to find ways to recreate a common space on the internet,” He said. “One of the dangers of the internet is people can have entirely different realities. They can be just cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.”

He spoke with Harry in the prince’s capacity as guest editor of the BBC Radio 4 news program. Both men said the interview, recorded in Canada in September, was Obama’s first since leaving the presidency in January.

Obama said he felt serene the day he left the White House at the end of his second four-year term despite the vast amount of work that remained unfinished. He said it was “hugely liberating” to be able to set his own agenda in the morning to have the time to talk with his wife, Michelle, now that he is no longer president.

“I miss the work itself because it was fascinating,” Obama said of his eight years in the Oval Office, citing his health care reforms as one of his proudest achievements.


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Wed Dec 27, 2017, 08:36 AM

1. We may ultimately see Trump's Twitter use as a blessing instead of a curse.

By letting the world see that the Emperor truly has no clothes, he may have pissed away so much of his presidential authority that his ability to do damage has been reduced.

Really, wouldn't you be reluctant to launch missiles on the say-so of Commander Covfefe?

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Wed Dec 27, 2017, 08:47 AM

2. Damage done already is widespread and severe.

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