Misogyny In The White House? Nope.
10/28/2009 9:42:00 AM - Jillian Bandes
I think a lot of bad things about Barack Obama. I think he's expanding government at an alarming rate. I think he's increasing the tax burden on American families to the point of criminality. I think he puts on a show in the White House at the expense of well-thought-out policy decisions.
I don't, however, believe he is a misogynist. This was the guy who had the first White House golf foursome with a woman. Valerie Jarrett is his closest personal adviser. Christina Romer is on his economic team. Sure, there are mostly men around him -- but how is that different than in any other White House administration?
Despite this, Bonnie Erbe of the Thomas Jefferson Street blog decided to attack
Obama for being anti-woman.
Whether it was his treatment of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail (as in his condescending remark that she was "likeable enough") or his clearly career-oriented mate who has been toned down and remorphed into a Stepford Wife, I just don't get the impression this man is comfortable with women. Nor do I believe he cares about them beyond needing women's votes. It's an act and a thoroughly see-through, amateur one at that.
Uh.... didn't he treat Hillary Clinton like the political foe she was
? Didn't Michelle choose
to play Martha Stewart in the White House? And doesn't he worship Michelle in public, taking her out on dates and holding her up as a pillar of his family, while doting on his two little girls in front of as many newspaper cameras as possible?
Selectively interpreting a few cherry-picked examples only serves to reinforce the idea that most charges of misogyny are usually ill-founded.