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Michelle Obama on social media: "I use it like a grown-up"

If only our president did, too


Rachel Leah
February 28, 2018 7:23PM (UTC)

"When they go low, we go high," has been former first lady Michelle Obama's mantra since she entered the national spotlight. It is an approach she and her family have particularly exemplified in the face of vicious racial attacks on Barack Obama, instead choosing to remain positive and morally grounded. But that doesn't mean she can't throw a little shade here and there.

On Tuesday, Michelle Obama spoke on a panel at Klick Health’s MUSE New York event and made clear that when it comes to her social media account, she tweets "like a grown-up," a seemingly obvious jab at prolific tweeter President Donald Trump, People reported.

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"I tweet, but I have a committee," Obama said. "I don’t just tweet off the top of my head, which I don’t encourage people to do — especially kids."

She continued, "How many kids do you know that the first thing that comes off the top of their head is the first thing they should express? You know? It’s like, 'Take a minute. Talk to your crew before you put that [out there] and then spell check and check the grammar.'" Indeed, President Trump notoriously pens tweets full of egregious errors and strange phrasings.

Obama said she doesn't understand the majority of social media because of her age, but when does use social media, she emphasized: "I use it like a grown-up."

This isn't the first time Obama offered general social media advice that also directly applied to the president. "You just don’t say what’s on your mind. You don’t tweet every thought," she said at The Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago in November. "Most of your first initial thoughts are not worthy of the light of day."

"You need to think and spell it right and have good grammar too," Obama added. Perhaps if Trump listened to Michelle, we all could have been spared from such "unpresidented" mistakes.


Rachel Leah

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah.

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