President Obama, in an address to the National Urban League Convention Wednesday, called on young Americans to stop "hangin' out" and study more. He said: "You're competing against young people in Beijing... They're not watching 'Real Housewives.'"
Obama veered off script while speaking in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was talking about the efforts of his administration to improve access to higher education and how youths can grow up successful.
Business Insider reports Obama encouraged youths to complement his administration's efforts by doing their part. He said: "Of course, that means all of you all have got to hit the books, I'm just saying. That's part of the bargain — America says we will give you opportunity, but you've got to earn your success. You're competing against young people in Beijing and Bangalore. You know, they're not hangin' out. They're not gettin' over. They're not playin' 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."
Politico notes that Obama's remark about Bravo's "Real Houswives of Orange County" franchise is not the first time he is making a comment about popular reality TV shows. According to Politico, he said, in an interview with Jay Leno last year, "I am probably a little biased against reality TV, partly because there's this program on C-SPAN called 'Congress.'”
MSN Now wonders why he singles out "Real Housewives," and comments: "It's a horrible, brain-killing show, but shouldn't 'Jersey Shore,' 'The Bachelor,' 'The Bachelorette,' 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians,' 'Toddlers and Tiaras' and 'Dance Moms' have gotten a presidential shout-out? Just sayin'."