Kris Jenner Responds To Obama’s Comments About Kimye’s Negative Impact On The Meaning Of Success

August 12, 2013  |  

Kris Jenner used her new talk show as a platform to address the remarks President Obama recently made about Kim K. and Kanye. President Obama recently gave an interview to Amazon’s Kindle Singles in which he talked about the negative impact that “monitoring” the lifestyles of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West can have on our perception of success and the American Dream, particularly the perceptions that young people have. On an episode of Kris, Jenner said, “It’s really great that people aspire to get a great job … but I wasn’t aware that you could only set the bar so high and that we could only dream so big. I was taught: Dream big, work hard and you could have whatever you wanted.”

She also accused the President of being hypocritical because he certainly has friends that live in large houses. And moreover, she said both Kim and Kanye are hard workers who rarely go on vacation. So they should feel free to enjoy the spoils of their work.

When she opens her remarks, she notes that the President made comments about “her daughter,” so Jenner clearly felt she had to defend her child, and rightfully so. But her response kind of misses the point of what the President was trying to say.

“…I’m sure that when he was growing up, his dream was ‘One day, I want to become President of the United States’ and have this wonderful fabulous life. And that was his dream… And I just don’t think that it’s such a bad thing to want to be our best and do our best and have nice things.”

Usually people don’t aspire to be President because of the lifestyle that comes with it. Living in the White House is nice and traveling around the world for work is cool, but the President makes about $400,000 per year. True, doors open for other money-making opportunities. But if being wealthy or having a lavish lifestyle and famous friends is the goal, there are plenty of alternate routes than being President.

But our understanding of the President’s comments, more broadly, are that not all aspirations have to be of the “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” variety. It could be something as ordinary as having a job you like, even if it isn’t one you do on reality TV. We recently wrote about defining success for yourself, touching upon the fact that just being happy is a measure of success.

Perhaps the President could’ve used a lot of celebrities as examples, but it doesn’t sound like he’s saying you shouldn’t try to be the best or chase after your dream, whatever it is. Just that being a success doesn’t necessarily mean living in a big house and taking fancy trips. Because of the ways we view celebrity, to many people it may seem like having something other than that isn’t enough.

What do you think about Kris Jenner’s response?

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