Obama: I credit my success to not watching "TV" or tweeting all day
Former President Barack Obama took a few swipes at President Trump while speaking at a tech conference on Wednesday.
Obama credited his success to relying on staff and surrounding himself with people that aren't afraid to give him a different opinion.
“”The other thing that is helpful is not watching TV or reading social media,” Obama added.
With the 2020 presidential election closing, you can expect rhetoric like this to increase over the next year.
Of course, Trump is not known for having people disagree with him and instead differing opinions are usually shown the door in his administration. He is increasingly surrounding himself with Yes Men.
Obama wanted everyone to know how much different his leadership thought process was. He said he did make mistakes in hiring, though:
"I won’t say we enforced perfectly the 'no-jerk rulem' but its a pretty good rule. I won’t say who violated that rule."
He then added: "I'm proud of the fact we didn’t have indictments. I’ve said that before but that is pretty rare in modern day."
Put that in comparison: Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation resulted in the indictments of 6 former Trump advisers.
Obama told the crowd that it was important to put the right kind of people in positions of power, ones who aren't seeking fame or money: "Are folks here because they want to serve the American people?"
The former president also spoke about health care, big data, and the threat of climate change at the conference.
"Almost our entire federal deficit, at least when I was president, could be accounted by what we spend on health care vs. what other industrialized countries spend."
Medicare and Medicaid is giving the government tons of data that can be capitalized on: "All that stuff is really powerful. It can be powerful for researchers, it can be powerful for policy makers."
There are "a handful of big issues that if we don’t get right we have real problems. You can anticipate what those might be. Climate change is a big problem."
"Ultimately, it is a moral decision we make that we are, as much as possible, going to mitigate this problem we’ve created."
Just 16, @GretaThunberg is already one of our planet’s greatest advocates. Recognizing that her generation will bear the brunt of climate change, she’s unafraid to push for real action. She embodies our vision at the @ObamaFoundation: A future shaped by young leaders like her. pic.twitter.com/VgCPAaDp3C— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2019
Obama also discussed income inequality and people living in echo chambers: "That's not healthy for a democracy and it's not healthy between countries. That's how wars get started and bad things happen."