Former First Lady Michelle Obama gave a speech and sat down for an interview with poet and essayist, Elizabeth Alexander, on Wednesday in Chicago. The session was part of The Obama Foundation’s international leadership summit.
During the session, Mrs. Obama discussed her modest Chicago upbringing and how her parents still influence her decisions. She also touched on the theme of leadership, particularly in the age of social media. “Words matter” at every level, Mrs. Obama reminded the audience on Wednesday, but especially words spoken by leaders.
While current President Donald Trump wasn’t mentioned directly in Mrs. Obama’s talk, some believe that she was surreptitiously referencing him. When discussing social media, the former first lady stated, “This whole ‘tell it like it is’ business, that’s nonsense… You just don’t say what’s on your mind. You don’t tweet every thought… You need to think and spell it right and have good grammar too.” When her remarks were met with laughter and applause, Mrs. Obama clarified that she was “not talking about anybody in particular.”
During her eight year tenure as First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama was a paragon of intelligence, thoughtfulness, taste, and class. Even if she wanted to directly verbally attack President Donald Trump, doing that wouldn’t be Mrs. Obama’s style. While the message she was conveying to the audience may have been meant only for those present, her words definitely apply to Trump. Since that shoe fits, he should seriously consider lacing that sucker up and wearing it.