Obama: Presidents shouldn’t watch TV or read social media

“Those are two things I’d advise, if you’re president, not to do.”

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September 19, 2019 - 1:20 pm
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(KMOX) — Barack Obama has a message for all presidents: don't watch TV or read social media.

The former president spoke Wednesday at a technology conference in San Francisco and said presidents should avoid TV and social media because it "clouds your judgment" and "creates a lot of noise."

“The presidency is like drinking out of a fire hose – you can’t absorb that information yourself,” Obama said, according to the Guardian. “You can make sure you have a team that is distilling info as effectively as possible so you can get a basic framework for what the problem is.

“The other thing that’s helpful is not watching TV or reading social media,” he added.“Those are two things I’d advise, if you’re president, not to do.”

Obama said presidents have to have confidence that whatever data is out there has been sifted and sorted, "and that requires not just a good process but making sure you have a team that's got a diversity of opinion." 

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