Michelle Obama Takes Swipe At Trump With Twitter Advice

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Former first lady Michelle Obama has some advice for Twitter users.

Her comments about using the popular social media platform were made during the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, which was held from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, reports HuffPost.

"This whole 'tell it like it is' business, that's nonsense," Michelle said during a sit-down with poet Elizabeth Alexander on the final day of the event.

"You just don't say what's on your mind. You don't tweet every thought," she added. "Most of your first initial thoughts are not worthy of the light of day."

Her comment was widely interpreted to be a reference to President Donald Trump, though she said it wasn't aimed at "anyone in particular."

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You need to think and spell it right and have good grammar too," she added. 

These qualities are especially important for a high-ranking official, she said, because "every word you utter has consequences," and "words matter at this level."

In addition to her remarks about social media, Michelle also spoke of the importance of music and art in her personal development, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"When you think about how little public art there is on the South Side … (that) is one of the things we hope to do with the Obama Presidential Center," she said. "There need to be places for public art outside. Just like downtown. Just like Picasso. Just like The Bean. There's nothing. Those pieces in communities are few and far in between. And they become the gathering places for a community, not just a place to see beauty and possibility."

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Former President Barack Obama popped in on one morning breakout session.

"Politics matters," he said. "The question then becomes, 'How do we change the culture so that people are not turned off by politics but rather turned on by being engaged in politics?' And how do we get some of the best talent to say, at some point, this is an option for them?"

The former president said communities have to be engaged and ready to actively support public servants and elected officials.

"You will be able to recruit good candidates when they feel there is a base, a constituency that is going to support them," he said. "Right now, we're in a negative cycle, young people are cynical about politics, they don't vote, and as a consequence, young, dynamic candidates won't win."

Other attendees at the Obama Foundation Summit included Prince Harry of Wales, hip-hop artists Common and Chance the Rapper, and various others who have started nonprofit organizations and foundations.

Sources: HuffPost, Chicago Tribune / Featured Image: Joyce N. Boghosian via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Pexels (2)

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