Former President Barack Obama said in an interview with England’s Prince Harry, broadcast Wednesday, that those “in leadership” must “find ways to recreate a common space on the internet,” a remark viewed by some as a swipe at President Donald Trump’s alleged irresponsible use of social media.
Obama did not mention Trump by name in the interview with the prince, who works as a guest editor on the BBC’s Radio 4 news program.
“One of the dangers of the internet is, people can have entirely different realities. They can be just cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases,” Obama said.
According to Obama, he felt serene the day he left the White House, after serving as president for eight years, despite the unfinished work that remained. He said it was “hugely liberating” to set his own schedule each day and to have time to talk to his wife since he no longer had to perform the duties of the president.
“I miss the work itself because it was fascinating,” Obama said, citing healthcare reform as one of his proudest accomplishments.
Obama’s interview with Prince Harry was recorded in Canada in September and was the former president’s first since leaving office in January, according to both men.
Prince Harry ended the show with a brief live segment, during which he said he did not know if Obama would be included on the guest list for his May wedding to American actress Meghan Markle.
“I don’t know about that. We haven’t even put the invite or the guest list together. Who knows if he’s going to be invited or not,” Harry said. “I wouldn’t want to ruin that surprise.”
The Associated Press cited The Sun newspaper, which suggested that the British government is concerned the royal couple might invite the Obamas and shun the Trumps, possibly raising tensions between the U.S. and U.K. governments.
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