President Obama has come down hard on Kanye West again.
Now Obama has used KimYe as examples of a warped American dream.
During a recent interview with David Blum for Kindle Singles, Blum asks the president about the American dream: “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?”
Obama answered that the American dream used to be simpler: an education, a steady job, a home, and family. “There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous.”
Then the President added it was a simpler time when “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.”
According to Obama, with more access to celebrities and fame, a “change in culture” has occurred, distorting how many young Americans view success.
As we recently reported, the obsession with successful entertainers and their lavish lifestyle leaves out a large segment of the population.
“Between billionaire and pauper there exists a middle ground that is rarely celebrated. As much as America claims to love its middle class, this country was built on the promise that you could escape it. Or bypass it altogether. We always want more; we always want the most. It’s a sentiment that is strengthened in communities where walking, talking reality checks are absent. Where doing good work, taking care of your family and enjoying life isn’t celebrated as the ultimate success,” we wrote.
What do you think of the President’s comments?