Michelle Obama: The Problem With Raising Strong Men


First First Lady Michelle Obama is interviewed by poet Elizabeth Alexander at the first annual Obama Foundation Summit on Wednesday where she talked about the dilemma of raising "strong men" and warned of the potential problems that may ensue in the future. She also said that men should talk to each other (Full speech at bottom of post)

"It's like the problem in the world today is we love our boys, and we raise our girls. you know. We raise them to be strong, and sometimes we take care not to hurt men and I think we pay for that a little bit and that's a 'we' thing because we raise them," Obama said about raising boys into men.

"It's powerful to have strong men but what does that strength mean?" she asked. "You know, does it mean respect? Does it mean responsibility? Does it mean compassion? Or are we protecting our men too much so they feel a little entitled and a little, you know, a little self-righteous sometimes? But, that’s kind of on us too as women and mothers, you know, as we nurture men and push girls to be perfect."

Obama said men, like women, should gather with their other male friends to share their doubts, worries, and their "gender-based problems." She said men need to do this, "because you're running the world."

Obama, before offering her solution, said her own husband, former President Barack Obama, can fall victim to being "entitled, a little self-righteous" as a "strong man."

"That's something for all folks. I think we women do it better than men. I know, it's sad for you guys.
Y’all should get you some friends. Get you some friends and talk to each other, because that's the other thing we do. We straighten each other out on some things. I just wish that sometimes, 'Barack, who you talkin’ to?’ I see a lot of men laughing. Y’all need to go talk to each other about your stuff because there’s so much of it. It’s so messy. Just talk about why y’all the way you are, because you’re running the world!" she said.

The former First Lady also hit "little kids" who use Twitter, seemingly a veiled comment at the current president.

"You don't tweet every thought," she said. "Tweeting and social media -- that is a powerful weapon that we just hand over to little kids. You know, a ten-year-old. Yo, tell it like it is. And it's like, no you don't. You need to think and spell it right and have good grammar."

"And I'm not talking about anybody in particular," she added.

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