Barack And Michelle Obama Have Twitter Advice Everyone Should Listen To

"The most important thing I want to focus on is lifting up, identifying, working with, and training the next generation of leadership."

Former president Barack Obama is currently in India meeting with changemakers and encouraging young people to engage and empower others across the world, and during a discussion in New Delhi on December 1, he offered some Twitter advice we all might benefit from following.

The social media platform came up when Obama was asked about remarks his wife, Michelle, had previously made about the pitfalls of "tweeting from bed."

"Michelle was giving the general idea . . . don't say the first thing that pops in your head. Have a little bit of an edit function," Obama explained. "Think before you speak, think before you tweet."


That advice was just a portion of what the 56-year-old told the room full of movers and shakers. Later in the talk he discussed religious intolerance — a subject he'd previously broached with India's prime minister Narendra Modi, who is a Hindu nationalist. "A country shouldn't be divided on sectarian lines and that is something I have told Prime Minister Modi in person," Obama said. "People see the differences between each other much too vividly and miss the commonalities."

According to the Washington Post, Modi's more radical supporters have been accused of inflaming tensions with Muslims and other minority communities in Hindu-majority India, and as a result tensions seem especially high right now.

"For a country like India where there is a Muslim population that is successful, integrated and considers itself as Indian, which is not the case in some other countries, this should be nourished and cultivated," Obama added.

In recent months, tensions in the United States have been cause for concern. Following the deadly clash between White nationalists and counter protesters at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Obama sent out a poignant and record-breaking tweet in the form of a quote from former South African president Nelson Mandela. "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion," read the inspirational message. "People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

Throughout his impressive career as a public servant, Obama has made no secret of the faith he has in young people across the world to enact change, which was another common thread of Friday's discussion. 

"Know ahead of time that change is hard, so you are not getting discouraged," Obama told the audience. "Try to break up your efforts into bite-sized manageable pieces."

He later added, "If you've spent time listening and finding out what it is that people themselves are concerned about, you will shape your efforts and your agenda in a way that people will be responsive to."


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