Obama: Elect More Women, ‘Men’ Are ‘Having Some Problems These Days’

Barack Obama
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 03: Former President Barack Obama greets guests after moderating a roundtable discussion at the South Shore Cultural Center about the Obama Presidential Center, which is scheduled to be built in nearby Jackson Park, on May 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Presidential Center design envisions three buildings, a museum, library and forum. Obama was accompanied at the event by his wife Michelle who was making her first trip back to Chicago since leaving the White House in January. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Waves of allegations of sexual assault levied toward politicians appears to have recently inspired Barack Obama to make a call for more women in politics.

During a private event in Paris, the 44th president spoke on “the importance of more focus on putting women in power, because men seem to be having some problems these days.”

“Not to generalize, but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialization,” Obama said. “How can I make the people around me better? How do I empower them … how do I build a team where everyone’s pulling together to get something done?”

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