1:21am July 26, 2012

President Obama Says Lay Off Video Games and ‘Real Housewives’ at Urban League


President Obama told young audience members to “study” and that success had to be earned in a global economy.  ”Don’t just cheer and not study,” the President said to an enthusiastic crowd in New Orleans.

The President strayed from his prepared remarks late Wednesday night as he spoke to the National Urban League Convention in New Orleans.

“”You’re competing against young people in Beijing and Bangalore,” President Obama said.

“That means all of you all have got to hit the books. I’m just saying.  Don’t cheer and then you didn’t do your homework. Because that’s part of the bargain, that’s part of the bargain — America says we will give you opportunity, but you’ve got to earn your success,” President Obama told the audience.

“You’re competing against young people in Beijing and Bangalore.  They’re not hanging out.  They’re not getting over.  They’re not playing video games.  They’re not watching “Real Housewives.” I’m just saying.  It’s a two-way street.  You’ve got to earn success. That wasn’t in my prepared remarks. But I’m just saying,” the President concluded.

Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives’ reality show franchise covers the suburban trials and tribulations of professional women in various cites such as Atlanta, New Jersey and Beverly Hills.  The title is a spinoff of the ABC series Desperate Housewives.  

“That wasn’t in my prepared remarks,” the President playfully added at the end laughing.


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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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