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 a writer, speaker, strategist, comms expert and political analyst. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. She's been a former staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and has had a very diverse career in politics and media. Ms. Burke appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne and has been seen on MSNBC. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail anytime: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @Crewof42. Instagram: LVB325. The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author, and have complete editorial independence from any Politic365 partners, sponsors, or advertisers.



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