President Obama admitted he went off the teleprompter tonight when he told students at the National Urban League in New Orleans to stop playing video games and watching “Real Housewives” in order to compete globally.
“America says we will give you the opportunity,” the president told the cheering crowd. “It’s a two-way street — you have got to earn success.”
President Obama called on young Americans to stop “hangin’ out” and start doing their homework as he addressed the National Urban League on Wednesday.
“America says, ‘we will give you the opportunity, but you’ve got to earn your success,’” Obama said in his evening address to a roaring New Orleans crowd as he veered off script.
“You’re competing against young people in Beijing and Bangalore,” he continued. “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,” he quickly added to laughs and cheers. “But I’m just saying.”
The president’s mention of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise isn’t the first time he’s jabbed at reality TV.
“I am probably a little biased against reality TV,” he said in an interview last year with Jay Leno, “…partly because there’s this program on C-SPAN called Congress.”