Whether or not you think that it's about time Michelle Obama joins the growing number of those now explicitly calling out Donald Trump, it's undeniable that she's proven herself a master at doing so without ever explicitly saying his name, honing her abilities at doing so since discussing a certain unnamed bully at the National Democratic Convention last summer.
She appeared to get more explicit than ever, though, during her first-ever solo speech in Canada, a talk called "The Economics of Equality: Advancing Women and Girls to Change the World" that she gave on Tuesday to a sold-out crowd of 3,000. Hours before Trump ended up logging onto to Twitter at around 6:00 a.m. the next morning to share sensational videos of Muslim people apparently committing acts of violence that were made by a British ultranationalist group—a move that was quickly condemned by Britain's prime minister—Obama made the ever timely decision to devote part of the conversation to social media etiquette, especially for those who are public officials.
It's "never a good idea," Obama told the crowd, to put your first thoughts upon waking on social media, or to ever "tweet from bed"—a practice Trump has long been known for, sharing inflammatory thoughts and announcements that even those close to him have had to denounce upon waking. (Case in point: that time he announced that there would be a ban on transgender people serving in the military, which his administration's lawyers later contradicted in court.)
"You need to edit and spell-check," Obama continued, apparently alluding to Trump's infamous typos—it took him three attempts, for example, to get this tweet about the country healing right, first spelling "heel" as "heal"—and let's not forget that time he temporarily broke the internet when he inexplicably tweeted the word "covfefe."
Obama also carried over the conversation about social media to "young people": "This Tweetin’ and Snapchattin’…this is generationally something that I just don’t understand. Would you take your journal, your diary and open it up in the center of the town square and let people just read it?" she asked. But first and foremost, she specifically used her expertise as a public personalityl to apparently explain why Trump's unapproved oversharing is even more reprehensible.
"Here’s the thing people need to understand: We use social media by committee. So when we use social media, I usually think about what I want to say. I talk to my team about it. We talk about it. Then we go back and think about it. Then we do a draft of it. Then we look at it again. Then we put it down. And then we go back and we talk to some more. And then we press ‘send'—maybe. Communication requires that kind of thought and connection."
In between more uplifting tidbits—her dream dinner guest would be Jesus, whom she would serve pizza—Obama still maintained an air of optimism when it came to Trump being in office. "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," she added, before going off to lunch with Canada's first lady, Sophie Trudeau.
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