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President Obama Calls for More Women Leaders, ‘Men Have Been Getting on my Nerves Recently’

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Former President Barack Obama wants more women in government and involved in social issues “because men have been getting on my nerves recently.”

Obama was hosting a town hall with young African leaders in South Africa on Wednesday, his second speech given in South Africa in the last two days, according to CNN.

“Everyday I read the newspaper and just think like ‘Brothers, what’s wrong with you guys? What’s wrong with us? We’re violent, we’re bullying. Just not handling our business,” he said. “I think empowering more women on the continent, that… is going to lead to some better policies.”

Obama told the room of 200 students at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg that there are different ways for them to bring about change and that they have to care about the effects of politics.

“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.”

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