Obama to teen boys, “You don’t need eight women around you twerking”

44 offers advice to young men at an event for his foundation "My Brother's Keeper" in California

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A day after celebrating President’s Day, Barack Obama did not disappoint and proved why he’s one of the most beloved presidents. The 44th president kept it real, while offering advice to young men at an event for his foundation “My Brother’s Keeper” in California on Tuesday.

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Obama gave his take on self-confidence alongside basketball player, Steph Curry and singer, John Legend, as the three celebrated the fifth anniversary of the initiative that provides support for young males from minority backgrounds.

During his speech to the young men he said told them, “You don’t have to have eight women around you twerking.”

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In a BBC video compilation from the day, Curry is seen laughing at the comment. The audience can also be heard laughing in the background.

Obama goes on to say, “I mean, why are you all like… You seem stressed that you’ve got to be acting that way. ‘Cause I’ve got one woman who I’m very happy with. Right? And she’s a strong woman.”

Curry provided his words of encouragement to the men touching on his success.

“The swagger and the confidence you see on the court right now? It wasn’t always there,” Curry said. “It took me a minute to get there but I had to continue to grind, and so wherever you are in that process, just keep fighting.”

As Obama talked about his experience in high school, he noted that the young men attending the event were far more ahead of the game than he was. In one swift affirmation, he highlighted and complimented them on all of their accomplishments, focus, commitment and sense of purpose.

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Like many of the young men, Obama was raised in a single household and harbored harsh feelings about this experience. He reflected that his poor high school experience had much to do with dealing with the absence of his father and growing up in an area that didn’t have a large African-American community, but he appreciates the love and support he received from his mother and grandparents.

It has already been established that whenever Obama talks, people listen.

This will definitely go down as a memorable moment for Black History Month this year.