Former President Barack Obama took a few veiled swipes at his successor during a speech on Friday at a summit in India.
In the process of insulting President Donald Trump, Obama also managed to insult at least half of America. Obama said he can’t talk with climate change skeptics, saying there’s “no way to bridge our differences.”
While the main issue was climate change, he branched out into other matters as well.
While promoting his Obama Foundation, the former president said he found it nearly impossible to engage in a debate with a detractor of the man-made global warming theory. He distinguished the theory’s detractors from those who can’t afford the costs of combating climate change.
Obama told the New Delhi audience:
I can sit down with someone and have an argument about about climate change, and in fact when we were working on the Paris Accords … there were some folks within the Indian government who would say to me ‘look we’re a poor country our priority has to be getting power and electricity to poor people and so we should not have to do X Y Z.’ And I said ‘Well, I understand that.’
But, he added, “It’s hard to have a conversation if somebody says ‘well climate change is a hoax.’ I don’t know what to do with that. If you’re saying it’s a hoax, then there’s no way for us to bridge our differences in a constructive way.
Pause in American leadership
Without mentioning names, Obama then shot an insult directly at Trump.
“It is an agreement that — even though we have a little bit of a pause in American leadership — is giving our children a fighting chance,” he toldthe audience.
The “pause in American leadership” statement is an obvious reference to Trump’s intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.
Perils of social media
Obama took another veiled potshot at Trump on the subject of social media. Trump is known for using Twitter to make sure his message gets out unfiltered.
Obama told his audience that people who get into trouble over their tweets should employ the “think before you speak” rule.
“Think before you tweet,” Obama lectured the crowd. “Same principle.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May recently ripped Trump for retweeting several videos posted by Britain First that allege to depict attacks by Muslims.
Undeterred, Trump replied:
.@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017
As for Obama’s refusal to have a debate on climate change, most people agree that the climate is changing — the climate is always changing. The real disagreement is mankind’s effect on the climate.