Former President Obama offering advice to his successors, including warning against “watching TV or reading social media.”
Without mentioning President Trump by name, Obama said it is helpful for any president to “make sure you have a team with a diversity of opinion sitting around you.”
“The other thing that’s helpful is not watching TV or reading social media. Those are two things I would advise, if you’re our president, not to do,” he said while delivering remarks at a Wednesday tech conference hosted by Splunk, a data company based in San Francisco. Obama added that “it creates a lot of noise and clouds your judgment.”
Trump is known for tweeting dozens of times a day and reacting to cable news programming, often praising or criticizing stories on Fox News or CNN.
Obama also said that it’s important for a president to have a team that provides adequate information when tasked with resolving a problem.
“Then what you have to do is create a process where you have confidence that whatever data is out there has been sifted and sorted,” he said.
Obama warned his successors to be wary of clickbait content and “opinion wrapped up as fact” when making decisions.
“What it does mean is that if you are susceptible to worrying about what are the polls saying or what might this person say about this topic or you start mistaking the intensity of the passion of a very small subset of people with a broader sense about your country or people who know something about the topic, that will sway your decisionmaking in an unhealthy way,” he said.
Obama, who largely avoids major criticisms of President Trump, appeared to draw a contrast between the two administrations.
“I’m proud of the fact we didn’t have indictments,” Obama said, according to Axios. “I’ve said that before but that is pretty rare in modern day.” Special counsel
Robert Mueller’s investigation resulted in the indictments of 6 former Trump advisers.
The former president also took a jab at Trump in November, noting that “not only did I not get indicted, nobody in my administration got indicted,” Obama said at the time.
“By the way, it was the only administration in modern history that that can be said about,” Obama added. “In fact, nobody came close to being indicted, probably because the people who joined us were there for the right reasons.”
At a Democratic campaign event in Milwaukee ahead of the midterms last month, Obama called out Trump’s failure “to take on corruption. Remember that?” he said.
“They have gone to Washington and just plundered away. In Washington, they have racked up enough indictments to field a football team,” Obama continued, before concluding, “Nobody in my administration got indicted.”