Whilst being in the public eye in the modern world comes with its perks, it too comes hand-in-hand with inevitable ridicule, trolling and abuse delivered directly to you via Twitter.
Barack Obama may be only weeks away from the end of his second term as president, but that didn’t stop him appearing on US late-night talk show, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night. Following the accustomed chat-show interview, Obama took part in Kimmel’s popular feature ‘Mean Tweets’, where celebrities read out hilariously mean tweets about themselves in front of a red-brick wall.
In his familiar relaxed public persona style, Obama shrugged off and joked at a series of tweets about him, including:
‘Barack Obama… bro, do you even lift?’ To which Obama coolly responded, “Well I lifted the ban on Cuban cigars, that’s worth something.”
‘Barack Obama is the sharknado of presidents. Loud, stupid and over-hyped! #Sharknado4
‘My mom bought new conditioner and it sucks it isn’t even conditioning my hair I blame Obama’
After several ‘mean tweets’, the feature culminated in a tweet by the official Twitter account of controversial Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, who is known for using social media platforms to carry out public arguments:
President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2016
Obama retorted, “Well, @realDonaldTrump, at least I’ll go down as a President. Then drops the phone he was reading the tweets from in a ‘drop the mic’ style.
Just like much of Obama’s appearance on the show, jokes and conversations were at Trump’s expense, referencing his ludicrous claims that the election is rigged and many of his shortfalls and unbelievable comments revealed in the recent Presidential debates.
In order to not over-dilute the show with Trump, Obama and Kimmel did also speak about baseball and the President’s family, with Kimmel asking if Michelle Obama could stay for another four years. Obama responded with, “All the women in my life are looking forward to being able to lead a more normal life.”
This Obama burn is unlikely to dent the Republican property-tycoon’s over-inflated ego, but any dig at him from Obama is likely to go viral and therefore, can only assist any anti-Trump sentiment in the lead up to 8th November’s election.