Here is what he said:
David Blum: 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:"I don't think people went around saying to themselves, 'I need to have a 10,000-square-foothouse.' I think there has also been a shift in culture… 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."
[From The Business Insider]
Obama could have name-checked any conspicuous-consuming celebrity and it still would have had the same point: the American dream should not be confused with the aspirational wealth and materialism of celebrities. The American dream used to be"work hard, get an education, get a good job and raise your healthy children."His argument is about the shrinking middle class, the fragmented safety net and yes, about the culture of celebrity and celebutainment. But that nuance was lost on Kris Jenner. She went on her talk show and said this:
"I wasn't aware that you could only set the bar so high and that you could only dream so big. 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 he wouldn't mind going over there… when [he was] asking them to have a party for [him] while [he was] 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… 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. Her job affords her to live in a 10,000 square foot house and I think, if I'm not mistaken, that Mr. President's job affords him to live in a 55,000 square foot house."
[Transcribed by Michael K at Dlisted]
If she had simply made the argument that all of us can dream big and that there are no bounds for what you can achieve… I might have been with her. Truly. But then she turns it into a shill for how Kim is the"hardest working young lady in the world."Bitch, you lie. Most people DO aspire to great wealth and a nice home, but let's not pretend that it's somehow good for our country or our culture when little girls say "I want to make a p0rn and have my mom sell it so I can be famous and live in a big house."