Michelle Obama throws shade at Donald Trump's tweeting
Like leaping out of a fire into some comfort food, let's stop thinking about politics and enjoy a little Michelle Obama shade. The former First Lady sat down at The Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago with Elizabeth Alexander, and she had a lot to say to a certain somebody who she tastefully did not mention, but certainly was talking about. The topic was on how to express yourself thoughtfully.
The following words could be pasted on a big post-it-note on Trump's iPhone and alarm clock when he wakes up in the morning:
"When you have a voice you can't just use it any kind of way...You don't just say what's on your mind. You don't tweet every thought. Your first initial thoughts are not worthy of the light of day...And I'm not talking about anybody in particular, I'm talking about us all because everybody does that."
Of course, it's dubious that he would listen. Obama went on to say:
"Tweeting and social media — that is a powerful weapon that we just hand over to little kids, you know? A ten-year-old. 'Here you go,'...You need to think and spell it right and have good grammar, too."
Trump thinks of Twitter as being 'modern day Presidential'. It's just an excess of his personality, but the social media site is an excellent tool to get a message out there, unfiltered, without preparation. It's a double-edged sword, of course, when it comes to North Korea, but it continues to fuse politics, entertainment and social media into one inescapable vortex. There is nothing that is apolitical - long a precept held by the Frankfurt School.
"The first lady or the president ... you have that voice and that power and that platform and I think what comes with that is the responsibility to know that every word you utter has consequences."
Consequences aren't exactly the first thing Trump tends to think about. He doesn't drink, but maybe he's always intoxicated on his own overflowing 'aroma'.
"Words matter at this level ... But the truth of how much words matter is true for every one of us."
Tell the truth, and don't spew nonsense. Sounds good, but also too simple. Why does tweeting offend the Washington types moreso than, say, a $700 billion military budget, a totally untenable leviathan? Well, it's all style and decorum over substance. That's the Washington way.
And it's Trump's way too, as he directs us toward symbolic outrage over football and believes that he truly is 'modern day Presidential'.
What do you think? Are you looking to hear from Michelle Obama, or the Obamas in general? Are you for or against Trump's tweeting? Could he be banned from the site, or would that only trigger a horrible war over free speech and digital platforms?
Either way, Michelle Obama has a lot of appeal. She was an iconic First Lady, that's for sure.