In an interview with David Blum for Kindle Singles, the POTUS lamented that the definition of the American Dream has changed much since he was young. People used to want simple things when now they crave the celebrity lifestyle.
“Part of the American dream — even if you’re poor, or lower-middle class — involves yearning for tangible things you can’t afford. Were there things, when you were growing up, that you yearned for that you couldn’t afford?” asked Blum.
“There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous,” President Obama said. “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.”
President Obama already has a pretty sordid relationship with Kanye West. He famously labeled the eccentric rapper a “jackass” on two occasions, prompting Yeezy to respond in a rant earlier this year.
“I don’t give a f**k what the president’s got to say,” West said in a freestyle rap performance.
Interestingly, President Obama said that had he not gone into politics, he pictures himself as “being a good teacher.”
Fun fact: President Obama actually was a teacher, or at least a professor, at the University of Chicago Law School or 12 years before his political career. Though many recall that he was an effective and engaged instructor, he was also remembered as a fairly distracted prof who didn’t publish any legal scholarship and frequently turned down tenured positions.
What do you think of President Obama’s remarks on Kim and Kanye?