Barack Obama is calling all female leaders.
On Monday, the former president said women are “indisputably better” leaders than men. He also stated that a handful of the world’s problems emerge from old men “not getting out of the way.”
“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 [men],” the former leader said during his appearance at the Singapore Expo.
“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,” said Obama. “Living standards and outcomes.”
But this isn’t the first time Obama has praised female leaders. In 2017, while on a trip to France, Obama said, “men seem to be having some problems these days” during a speech about “the importance of more focus on putting women in power.”
Last week, while attending an Obama Foundation leadership conference with his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, the former U.S. leader said there are “still so many places where young women don’t have opportunity and their own parents don’t think they should get an education.”
Continuing, he said, “It turns out one of the best indicators of whether a country’s developed or not is: How does it educate its girls and how does it treat its women?”
Obama has been spending time in Asia for a series of Obama Foundation events, while his former First Lady Michelle Obama has been promoting young women’s education in Vietnam visiting schools with “Today” co-host Jenna Bush Hager and actress Julia Roberts.
During the expo, Obama was also asked about the possibility of his return to politics and commented on the value of understanding when to let go instead of latching on tight.
“If you look at the world and look at the problems it’s usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way,” Obama added. “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.”