RNC Video: You wanna talk about the “war on women”? Let’s talk about it!
Good vid. Go watch. The focus of the video is the hypocrisy of calling out Rush Limbaugh on the one hand and accepting a million bucks from Bill Maher on the other. That was covered here as it relates to David Axelrod. The video also touches upon the subject of a 2011 book by Ron Suskind that portrayed the Obama White House as a "boys club".
Well. Let's offer a couple more points on the Obama woman problem to add to the catalog. In October of 2009, Obama began catching grief that all his basketball games were limited to men. So Obama invited Melody Barnes, his domestic policy advisor to join in one of his golf foursomes.
And for a trip even further down memory lane, let's point out this piece from Jim Geraghty from June of 2008 (believe it or not, this was in the full swoon of Hope and Change, though many weren't paying attention to stories such as this):
Defending Her Honor
The-100-percent-sexism-free Democratic primary.
In the coming days, you will hear many asking whether Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House fell short because of sexism. And there will be that related question, “is Obama sexist?”
There is really not much evidence that Obama is sexist. There is only, “Hold on a second, sweetie. We’ll hold a press avail,” which he told a reporter at an event outside Detroit. And perhaps his comment to a factory worker in Allentown, Pa., that “you’re gorgeous, you look like you might be a dancer.”
Okay, there’s also the time Obama, after a particularly tough exchange with Hillary, told a crowd, “You challenge the status quo and suddenly the claws come out.” And, “You know, over the last several weeks since she fell behind, she’s resorted to what’s called ‘kitchen sink’ strategies. . . . She’s got the kitchen sink flying, and the china flying, and the, you know, the buffet is coming at me.” Also, “I understand that Senator Clinton, periodically when she’s feeling down, launches attacks as a way of trying to boost her appeal.” (This one is especially benign, considering he went with “periodically” instead of “every 28 days or so.”)
And when Obama offered the backhanded compliment “You’re likeable enough, Hillary” in a New Hampshire debate, some women may have wondered why we never heard this kind of jab at John Edwards or Bill Richardson.
So many clues so early on regarding Obama and yet so many unwilling to see it when it mattered.