During a recent sit down with Amazon.com for an exclusive interview for their new product “The Kindle Singles,” President Barack Obama made a few reference about how he once saw life in the United States America, and how the American Dream has changed since then.
The President said that, “Back in the day, the dream was to get a good education, get a good job, buy a home and raise a family, but now it’s shifted due to the obsession of celebrities, fortune and fame. The American Dream involved some pretty basic stuff. A home you could call your own. A good job where you felt some security. A good education, and the ability to get a higher education if you wanted to pursue it.”
He then adds, “People felt if they worked hard they could get there. I don’t think people went around saying to themselves, “I need to have a 10,000-square-foot house.” I think, there has also been a shift in culture. We weren’t exposed to the things we didn’t have in the same way that kids these days are. There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.”
I personally think the president didn’t say anything wrong, but that definitely raffled Kim’s mother, Kris Jenner‘s feathers. Here’s her response to the President’s comments on her new talk show while chatting with Terrence J:
It’s really great that people aspire to get a great job, and I too wanted that when I was growing up, and when I had graduated from high school, I really wanted to work hard and succeed. But I wasn’t aware that you could only set the bar so high. And that we could only dream so big. I was taught ‘dream big, work hard and you can have whatever you wanted,’ right?
And another thing.
I bet the President has some friends with 10,000 square feet houses and you probably wouldn’t mind going over there, Mr. President, while you were asking them to have a party for you, when you were campaigning for dollars to run for president. I find it so odd that he’s picking on Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Kanye West doesn’t go on vacation ever […] and Kim Kardashian is the hardest working young lady in the world.
She never sleeps, she never stops, she never slows down, and works so hard for what she’s got. So I started thinking about her 10,000 square foot house and I thought, ‘Wow! Her job, affords her to live in a 10,000 square foot house.’ And I think, if I’m not mistaken, Mr. President’s job affords him to live in a 55,000 square foot house.
So basically, my house would fit in his entry.
With all of that aside, you poke at someone and criticized someone for living a lifestyle. I’m sure when he grew up his dream was, ‘One day, I want to be the President of the United States and have a wonderful and fabulous life.’ And that was his dream. And I just don’t think that we should put a cap on [what our dreams are].
Also, the thing I wanted to point out is that, we employ and give jobs to hundreds and hundreds of people just on Keeping Up With Kardashians alone and I think that’s a wonderful thing.”
Watch the interview below:
Also, in a recent report (via Huffington Post), President Obama referred to the past generation in which “kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success,” how could you deny those claims?.. said a reporter for the website.
Reporter then adds, “the Kardashian family didn’t start from the bottom and raise themselves up… they capitalized from the notoriety of your late husband and the sex-tape controversy of one of your daughters. If neither of those aspects were in play, there would be no Kardashian empire.”