Forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama spoke in front of an audience of young professionals in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday, and he urged more women to get involved in politics and social movements because “men have been getting on my nerves lately,” he said.
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The former president was offering advice on how to approach public office, as the country is often riddled with corruption, in response to a Kenyan woman speaking about Africa’s “greedy, corrupt and tribal” political leaders.
“Women in particular, by the way, I want you to get more involved, because men have been getting on my nerves lately,” Obama told the town hall event. “Every day I read the newspaper and I just think, ‘Brothers, what’s wrong with you guys? What’s wrong with us?’”
Adding, “We’re violent, we’re bullying, we’re just not handling our business, so I think empowering more women on the continent – that right away is going to lead to some better policies.”
He went on to tell the audience that there are “different ways in which you can effectuate change,” saying, “The one thing you can’t do is pretend that politics doesn’t matter and say to yourself ‘that’s too corrupt, that’s too broken, I’m not going to get involved in it,’ because at some point, if you are ambitious about what you are doing in your home country, you will confront politics.”
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