Obama Warns Of Divisive Social Media Use During Interview With Prince Harry (Doesn’t Mention Trump)

NBC News reports:

In his first interview since leaving the White House in January, former President Barack Obama told Britain’s Prince Harry that the transition out of public office left him with a sense of ‘”serenity.”

In the interview, which was light on political substance, Obama told listeners to BBC Radio’s flagship morning news program, Today, that the end of his administration brought a sense of satisfaction “mixed with all the work that was still undone and concerns about how the country moves forward.”

In the interview Obama also warned of the dangers of social media. He did not mention his successor by name, but called on people in government to be careful in their use of platforms like Twitter.

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

  • I miss Obama as President.

    • jeffg166

      Thoughtful consideration before opening his mouth.

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    • Gustav2

      Henry Charles Albert David for prezniit!

  • Ninja0980

    Can we have him back as President?

    • David Walker

      Really. We’ve tried the other brand, don’t like it, want to give it back or, if there’s no warranty, toss it, along with the lint that calls itself our government. 45 is certainly not an improvement and is, in fact, a total disappointment, so why keep it? There’s no comparison, so please give back our President Obama. (I’m very proud of myself. At no point in this paragraph did I refer to the liar in chief as “the fucking moron.” That took a certain amount of concentration I thought I’d lost.)

  • joe ho

    Too bad he didn’t have the courage to make the Russian hacking a big public issue before the election. Instead he folded to McConnell and GOP Congressional leaders who had done nothing but undermine his presidency. He can afford to be serene. He’s rich enough not to be directly affected by what’s happening under Trump.

    • Tomcat

      Truth be known I believe Russian hacking went back to 2012, possibly further.

      • Gerry Fisher

        The Washington Post had a good article about how long this has been going on, how Europe tried to warn us, how we thought our system was sturdier than theirs, and how our bureaucracy got in the way of doing something sooner.

    • Ninja0980

      Same with the courts.
      I loved him as President but he still made mistakes, and those two areas are the biggest ones.

    • tst tst

      Obama was a weakling who let Putin and the GOP wipe the floor with him. Even gay equality had to be achieved only through GOP-controlled courts.

      • Gerry Fisher

        It would be really interesting to see you attempt to say this to his face. (Don’t misconstrue this as some kind of statement that Obama didn’t make mistakes. He did.)

    • gaycuckhubby

      Or he realized that if the issue is not bipartisan before the election then it would be used against him and Hillary. If he struck out alone then conservatives would have said it was a conspiracy they would have turned on the FBI and the CIA and would have jeopardized Hillary’s apparent easy victory. Turns out all those things happened anyway, but 99 out of a hundred people would have made the same decision based on the facts in front of them

      • joe ho

        lol. in other words, he lacked courage–and any real understanding of the gop.

        related to his pitiful attempts to work with and placate the gop who announced very early they weren’t going to play ball with him.

        • gaycuckhubby

          Or thought he was saving the country

          • joe ho

            lol. by hiding what was really going on from the American electorate and caving to the GOP leaders, whose sinister intentions were well-known. timidity and political naivete marred his presidency. plus a reluctance to sell his own programs to the public.

    • Gerry Fisher

      IMO, the serenity piece is the ability to stay focused on “no one guy can do it all,” “nobody can do anything worthwhile without plenty of support (which he *often* didn’t get),” and “he did his best.” That’s enough. It should be enough for all of us.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Well said…
    And I think this cuts both ways.
    Obviously Trump stirs up the base and inflames his followers with his social media use. He gives bigots a voice.
    But there’s also lots of people on the left who work in similar fashion. Everyday we here lies from supposed progressives about unverified corruption. We hear “insider” information that Trump will be indicted over the weekend. We are shown “proof” that every single person in the administration is guilty of high treasons. And these accounts have thousands and thousands and thousands of retweets and likes. Often rivaling Trump’s numbers.
    Resist the racist in office!
    And resist fake news from every source.

    • BobSF_94117

      Yes, it cuts both ways. On the one side you have internet nobodies, people with no power to do anything, the modern equivalent of folks who used to post those long, tiny-print screeds affixed to telephone poles, and on the other side, you have nearly the entirety of the Republican Party and, in particular, the most powerful man in the world.

      • gaycuckhubby

        I’m not saying it’s the same in scope. But if you have thousands of people believing that Trump is about to be kicked out of office when it’s not even close to being a reality then you have a problem. You are leading people astray and you’re feeding them false information.

        And most of us can chew gum and walk at the same time, we can say there’s a huge problem with Trump and social media and the same time say that there is a smaller but still real problem with some factions of progressive social media

  • Bluto

    Boxers or briefs, water slide or electric slide – nothing personal against the royal ginger snap but wtf irrelevant nothingness is this juvenile shit.

  • tst tst

    British Royal Family is a joke.

    Laundering the taxpayers’ money in Panama.
    Celebrating the gay marriage ban in Bermuda.
    And now this heterosexual freak show again next year.

    • You definitely need a pie.

    • Tomcat

      Unlike how they do it in Russia.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Did the British royal family celebrate the ban in Bermuda?

      • JackNasty

        No.

        • gaycuckhubby

          Didn’t think so.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Actually they didn’t. Westminster sent a letter to the PM of Bermuda stating they’re “great disappointment” in the reversal and “repeal of rights granted.” True, it’s only a letter, but when people make claims about the Queen celebrating Bermuda’s move, it’s taking cheap shots.

        • gaycuckhubby

          I suspected as much.

    • Michael R
    • gaycuckhubby

      Ban all heterosexuals and their evil agenda!!!

      • tst tst

        Heterosexuality is a mental illness

        • David Walker

          Aye, but it’s a mental illness that produces homosexual kids.

        • gaycuckhubby

          Luckily we figured out how to convert people ️ 🙂

    • Ellipse Kirk

      Jean-Marc in Canada gaycuckhubby • 6 hours ago
      Actually
      they didn’t. Westminster sent a letter to the PM of Bermuda stating
      they’re “great disappointment” in the reversal and “repeal of rights
      granted.” True, it’s only a letter, but when people make claims about
      the Queen celebrating Bermuda’s move, it’s taking cheap shots.

  • BobSF_94117

    “mixed with all the work that was still undone and concerns about how the country moves forward.”

    Well, a lot of getting undone now…

  • greenmanTN

    I know the expected thing is for ex-Presidents to ride off into the sunset and keep their heads down, but Trump is so outrageous, so un-Presidented, that I wish Obama would say “fuck it” & and become a leader among the voices against him. He started as a community organizer, and was maligned for it, but maybe he should step into that role again and help organize the resistance against the fascist takeover we’re seeing before our very eyes.

    • Gustav2

      Since the fervor of Trumpkins is based on the racist over reaction to Obama, it might not be a good thing for the rest of us.

      • greenmanTN

        I can see that, but the racists, homophobes, religious zealots, and misogynists are already here and loud and show no signs of quieting down as it is.

      • dempseyzdad

        Even MORE reason to promote Obama as leader of the resistance. republicans seem to think that they can tarnish Obama’s legacy…when in fact he is more popular than ever.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I read somewhere he was doing just that. Not so much against Drumpf but to rally the young people to get involved in government.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Obama wisely recognizes that you must fight for something, not against it.

  • Michael

    This isn’t exactly the video I was hoping for when I had the two of them in mind.

    • KCMC

      Ginger mocha dreams

      • Joe in PA
        • KCMC

          Bless me, Mother Blanche Superior. I have sinned.
          It’s been 11 minutes since my last confession. ..

          • Uncle Mark

            I loved her in “Nunsense” too.

          • KCMC

            Love you in Santa Daddy hat!
            No chocolate stuffed in my sad stocking.
            I’ve been baaaaad

          • Uncle Mark

            Awww…thanks for the compliment. ‘Tis the time of year when I don the Santa hat and come down sexy men’s chimneys.

            So sorry to hear about your chocolate-free socks. Are you sure you were really that bad, or have hot men been ravaging you and then your chocolate-filled stockings without your knowledge?

          • KCMC

            To my awareness, in the bleak midwinter could be accurate title.

    • Belthazar

      LOL! I must admit I was right there with you :).

  • Clive Johnson
    • Uncle Mark

      He is NOT amused. (That’s about as close to being Churchill Trump will ever get.)

    • ColdCountry

      It is really totally disrespectful, and unfair, to the Queen, and I don’t get why anyone would even do it. Besides, Dump can only dream of looking that good.

  • Gustav2

    One of the things Harry told Meghan:

    “No worries. No one, not even Grannie, likes the Kents.”

  • ChrisMorley

    Obama Wedding Invites?

    ‘The prince was asked whether Obama was on the guest list for his wedding next May. He said: “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.”’
    So that’s a Yes, Probably.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=16&v=JQPZfOuWjrc

    Obama tells Prince Harry: leaders must stop corroding civil discourse
    – Former US president also talks about life after leaving office in rare interview conducted by prince for BBC Radio 4’s Today programme
    – Boxers or briefs? Prince Harry’s quickfire questions for Obama

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/27/barack-obama-tells-prince-harry-leaders-must-stop-corroding-civil-discourse

  • Jean-Marc in Canada