President Obama Gives Jimmy Kimmel Hilarious Advice for Avoiding Scandals

"I assume someday, sometime, somebody will read this email."

Photo Credit: Jimmy Kimmel Live / YouTube

Like most parents President Obama generally learns how to use new technology from his children

"Sasha gave me instructions on Snapchat," he told Jimmy Kimmel on Monday night. "One night at dinner, we're sitting there and I had read Snapchat was becoming really popular among her age cohort. I said, 'Tell me about Snapchat."

After her lengthy explanation, the president soon found out that his daughter had been recording the entire conversation to send to her friends afterwards. 

"'This is my dad lecturing us on the meaning of social media,'" Obama said, imitating his daughter. "She took a picture of herself sort of looking bored."

Kimmel was floored.

"Wow, as if you don't have enough security problems right now," Kimmel pointed out.

Obama's whole family loved the piece and distributed it to all their friends while Obama was still wrapping his head around the concept. 

"Would you tell young people that they should never write anything in an email that might possibly be controversial in any way?" Kimmel asked the President. 

Obama revealed his technology challenges go way beyond Snapchat.

"I have email, I don't have texting because my phone is disabled. Now I have an iPhone but it's like the phone you give your 2-year-old," he explained. "They can press things but nothing actually happens."

It does, however, have email, which Obama has a very strict rule for. 

"My rule, throughout my presidency, is that I assume someday, sometime, somebody will read this email. So, I don't send any emails that won't be [theoretically] on the front page of all the newspapers," Obama explained.

Wise counsel.


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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