Kardashian family matriarch Kris Jenner pulled no punches on her show Kris Friday night when responding to President Barack Obama‘s subjectively defamatory remarks about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
During an interview with David Blum for Kindle Singles, Obama reflected on the distortion of the American Dream, blaming hyper-exposure to “the rich and famous” for youth having unrealistic perspectives of what qualifies as success. According to the POTUS, instead of striving for a quality education and a good job, young people now seek an extravagant lifestyle:
“The American Dream involved some pretty basic stuff. A good job where you felt some security. A good education… People felt if they worked hard they could get there… I don’t think people went around saying to themselves, ‘I need to have a 10,000-square-foot house’… I think, there has also been a shift in culture. We weren’t exposed to the things we didn’t have in the same way that kids these days are. There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. 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.”
Makes sense, right?
Kris Jenner didn’t think so and went all the way in on the POTUS:
“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,” Jenner said after reading the president’s remarks to guest co-host, E! News‘ Terrence Jenkins. “I was taught: Dream big, work hard and you could have whatever you wanted.”
“I bet the President has some friends with 10,000 square foot houses and that [you] probably wouldn’t mind going over there, Mr. President, when you were asking them to have a party for you while you were campaigning for dollars to run for president.”
“I find it so odd that he’s picking on Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Well, Kanye West, first of all, doesn’t go on vacation. Ever,” Jenner said. “And Kim Kardashian is the hardest-working young lady in the world. She never sleeps, she never stops, she never slows down and works so hard for what she’s got.”
So I started thinking about her 10,000 square foot house, and I thought, ‘Wow, her job affords her to live in a 10,000 square foot house, and if I’m not mistaken, Mr. President’s job affords him to live in a 55,000 square foot house.”
See Jenner’s full remarks below:
Though Jenner makes some valid points, we’re going to have to ride with Obama on this one — even if he clearly thinks West is a jackass. Not once did he criticize West or Kardashian in his recent remarks, rather the media’s fixation with the couple that exposes them to a generation of children who view their wealth as the benchmark for success.
Our youth needs to understand that if they don’t have a 10,000 square foot house — or are unable to afford West’s $120 t-shirts — they are not failures.
And Jenner needs to understand that working hard to achieve success, and working hard to maintain success after being born on third base, are two very different things.