While hitting presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in an aside in his speech from Charlotte, N.C., President Obama suggested that his daughter, who turned 15 last month, uses Twitter.
“Everybody’s got an opinion, but nobody actually knows the job until you’re sitting behind the desk,” he said. “Everybody can tweet, but nobody actually knows what it takes to do the job until you’ve sat behind the desk. I mean—Sasha tweets, but she doesn’t think that she thereby should be sitting down at the desk.”
It’s not clear what Obama was referring to, as neither of his daughters has an official account on Twitter. It’s possible he was misspeaking and meant to refer to text messages, since the President and First Lady have previously said they keep their daughters’ use of social media to a minimum due to their place in the spotlight.
“I still am not a big believer in Facebook for young people … particularly for them, because they’re in the public eye,” Michelle Obama said about her daughters’ social media use during a 2013 interview with Barbara Walters. “Some of it’s stuff they don’t need to see and be a part of … So we try to protect them from too much of the public voice.”
Clinton mentioned both Obama daughters in her speech on Tuesday, noting the difficulty of raising children in “the fishbowl of the White House.” She called Sasha a “wonderful young woman and praised her “energy and enthusiasm.”
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