When things look too corrupt or too broken, that’s the time to get in and fix it.
At least that’s what former US president Barack Obama suggested overnight to an audience of young leaders in South Africa, captured by CBS.
And things are looking pretty broken in US politics right, especially with the current president siding with a tyrant, only to later declare that he ‘misspoke’.
Obama especially wants to see more women involved in politics.
Why? “Because men have been getting on my nerves lately.”
“I mean, every day, I read the newspaper and I just think like, brothers what’s wrong with you guys? What’s wrong with us?”
“I mean we’re violent, we’re bulling, you know, 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.”
Obama also warned against thinking politics is beyond repair.
“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,” he said, according to CNN.
Obama spoke in front of 200 students, who had been selected from 10,000 applicants to participate in the leadership program in Johannesburg.
He told the crowd to avoid seeing positions — like prime minister, or governor, or mayor — as prizes that you win, and therefore blindly pursue. “Worry less about what you want to be and worry more about what you want to do.”
A few days prior to this event, Obama warned against ‘strongman politics’ during the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture.
“We see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they’re caught in a lie and they just double down and they lie some more. Politicians have always lied, but it used to be if you caught them lying they’d be like, ‘Oh man.’ Now they just keep on lying,”
Barack Obama at a Johannesburg town hall: “Women in particular, by the way, I want you to get more involved. Because men have been getting on my nerves lately.” (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/qj4dIz6teU
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 18, 2018