Former President Barack Obama said Monday that women are “indisputably better” than men and should be allowed to take over the world.
Speaking at a private leadership event in Singapore, Obama said he is “absolutely confident” that the world would be significantly improved if women were in charge.
“Now, women, I just want you to know: you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you’re better than us,” he said. “I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything … living standards and outcomes.”
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Obama, who led the United States as a man for eight years, said he does not plan to return to political leadership because he believes in giving up power.
“It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job, but you are not there for life, you are not there in order to prop up your own sense of self importance or your own power,” he said.
Barack Obama scores points with the women
Obama’s comments about female superiority quickly made headlines. Many feminists cheered, with some interpreting his words as a tacit endorsement of the female 2020 Democratic candidates. But some joined conservatives in rolling their eyes at what they deemed his pandering insincerity.
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‘…which is why he ran for president against a woman,” tweeted women’s rights activist Jill Filipovic.
Since leaving office in 2017, Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, have set up the Obama Foundation to mentor young leaders around the world. During a foundation event Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, the former first lady urged girls to resist “imposter syndrome.”
While “there is a presumption” men deserve power, “a lot” of them do not, she assured the audience.
Rumors have persisted that Michelle Obama could launch a belated bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination. But the Obamas have repeatedly shot them down.