Former President Obama on Wednesday called for women to get more involved in social movements because men have been “getting on my nerves.”
“Women, in particular, by the way, I want you to get more involved,” Obama said while hosting a town hall for young African leaders in South Africa. “Because men have been getting on my nerves lately. I mean, every day, I read the newspaper and I just think like, brothers what’s wrong with you guys? What’s wrong with us?”
Obama added that “empowering more women on the continent” would “lead to some better policies” right away.
CNN notes that Obama later said that both men and women cannot pretend that politics doesn’t matter.
“The one thing you can’t do is pretend that politics doesn’t matter and say to yourself ‘that’s too corrupt, that’s too broken, I’m not going to get involved in it’ because at some point if you are ambitious about what you are doing in your home country, you will confront politics,” Obama said.