“The American Dream involved some pretty basic stuff. A good job where you felt some security. A good education… People felt if they worked hard they could get there… I don't think people went around saying to themselves, ‘I need to have a 10,000-square-foot house’… I think, there has also been a shift in culture. We weren't exposed to the things we didn't have in the same way that kids these days are. There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Kids weren't monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.”
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“It’s really great that people aspire to get a great job … but I wasn't aware that you could only set the bar so high and that we could only dream so big. I was taught: Dream big, work hard and you could have whatever you wanted.
Another thing I thought was, ‘Wow, I bet the President has some friends with 10,000 square foot houses and that you probably wouldn't mind going over there, Mr. President, when you were asking them to have a party for you when you were campaigning for dollars to run for president.’
I find it so odd that he’s picking on Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Well, Kanye West, first of all, doesn't go on vacation. Ever. And Kim Kardashian is the hardest-working young lady in the world. She never sleeps, she never stops, she never slows down and works so hard for what she’s got.”
So I started thinking about her 10,000 square foot house, and I thought, ‘Wow, her job affords her to live in a 10,000 square foot house, and if I'm not mistaken, Mr. President’s job affords him to live in a 55,000 square foot house.
With all of that aside, you poke at someone and you criticize someone for living a lifestyle that I’m sure when he was growing up, his dream was one day, I'm going to become president of the United States and have this wonderful and fabulous life. And that was his dream. I just didn’t think we should put a cap on it…I just don't think it’s such a bad thing to want to be our best and do our best and have nice things.