Come on. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I disagree with just about all Barack's policies, but this is ridiculous. For one thing, what kind of male chauvinist pig would marry Michelle Obama (no, I'm not a fan of many of her comments, but it's clear that the kind of insecure guy who becomes a sexist doesn't marry a very outspoken woman like her!)?
For another, every female knows that sexist jerks out themselves pretty fast in a working environment. Given my experience working with Barack in law school, he never gave a single indication that he was anything but even-handed when it comes to gender matters. Wrong on most of the issues? Yep. Sexist? Nah. Not a bit. (And don't forget, he has daughters -- nothing like realizing one's girls will be out in the world someday to make sexist behavior seem more repugnant than ever.)
In any case, being called "sweetie" isn't the end of the world. It happens at some point to just about any woman who's in the workforce; her response signals immediately how secure in her own competence (and confident in her own equality) she is. When there's no malice behind it, it's something to be laughed off, dismissed and forgotten.
Finally, Barack is welcome to call me "sweetie" if he'd just agree to an interview -- Hugh Hewitt has generously agreed to provide his microphone if the Obama team would just put me on the schedule. I promise I'm much friendlier than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. If Barack is willing to engage in dialogue with America's enemies, well, I'm certainly a "sweetie" compared to them!