Former President Obama called attention to gender equality by introducing himself as "Michelle's husband" during a leadership forum in Oakland, Calif.

Obama in his remarks on Wednesday also referred to NBA star Stephen Curry as "Ayesha's husband" at an event marking the fifth anniversary of Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, which was launched to support youth violence prevention efforts and mentorship for young boys and men of color.


The former president called attention to men's roles in society, and challenged perceptions of masculinity.

“If you are really confident about your financial situation, you’re probably not going to be wearing an 8-pound chain around your neck. If you’re very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking," the former president said, according to video obtained by Time magazine.

“Cause I’ve got one woman who I’m very happy with. And she’s a strong woman," Obama added, while Curry and the audience applauded his remarks.

The introduction mirrored remarks the former president gave in 2014 to a crowd at the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum.

"I am Barack, also known as Michelle’s husband," Obama told that crowd.

In his address Wednesday, the former president also called attention to social pressures faced by black men. 

“Racism historically in this society sends a message that you are ‘less than,’ ” Obama said. “We feel we have to compensate by exaggerating stereotypical ways men are supposed to act. And that’s a trap."