Obama’s chauvinism shining through

Bettyjean Kling

Better late than never – the women are finally beginning to see the light… maybe. And be sure to check out the last line from this Huff Po article, sounds like they stole the main theme from The Majority United!

Is Obama Uncomfortable Around Women
Amy Siskind
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-siskind/is-obama-uncomfortable-ar_b_322267.html

There’s a sign going up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It reads: “Boy’s Club: Girls Not Allowed.”

Despite much talk of hope and change, President Obama seems largely tone-deaf to women and women’s issues. Post-racial country — yes. Post gender inequality — not so much.

Were we sold a brand that touted diversity, yet delivered a president with a woman problem?

Earlier this week, CNN interviewed me for a segment on President Obama called Where are the women? Good question. Where are they?

The CNN piece was about the latest example of access and the boys club: Obama’s White House basketball game for Cabinet secretaries and members of Congress. Not a single woman was invited to the game. No matter that both Secretary Sebelius and U.N. Ambassador Rice were not only in town but both are hoops players. Hurt feelings? Secretary Sebelius hastened to point out on Leno: unlike Obama, she actually made her college team.

The game last week was hardly an outlier. The Washington Post reports: a log of Obama’s athletic activities, meticulously maintained by Mark Knoller of CBS News, found no women listed among the participants in the president’s various basketball, golf and fishing outings. Neither do women on the White House staff participate in the basketball games Obama’s male staffers, including David Axelrod, have on weeknights.

Obama’s women problem is not confined to sports. When Obama held his highly publicized beer with Skip Gates and Sargeant Crowley, the Editor at MORE asked: Would Obama Talk to Women Over Beers?. Here’s the answer: no! Obama took the opportunity to speak out for Skip Gates, admittedly before knowing all the facts, as a teachable moment on the issue of race. Yet Obama, tone-deaf to women’s issues, was strangely silent when Rihanna was almost strangled to death by Chris Brown. Where was the teachable moment for violence and against women and teen dating violence — both epidemics in our country?

Women’s representation in Obama’s administration is also shockingly low. Of President Obama’s 35-40 czar picks, only 3 are women. Read: over 90% of Obama’s inner circle is composed of men!

The notion of President Obama surrounding himself with powerful women is simply a fallacy. Over 60 picks for cabinet and czars and we can count on our fingers the number of women. This is progress?

And the scant representation of women might explain why women’s issue are seemingly non-existent with this administration. The healthcare bill is especially disturbing. Where is the dialogue on healthcare issues impacting women? How about gender based pricing, domestic violence being a “pre-existing condition,” and, as pointed out by Martha Burk here at HuffPo, reproductive rights.

Reproductive rights. Wasn’t choice the issue used to corral 56% of women to vote for Obama in 2008? Here’s an interesting fact: according to a Pew Poll conducted earlier this month, almost half of Americans don’t know that President Obama is pro-choice.

In fact, since January when, with much ballyhoo, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (which was ushered through the Senate and House by women before it reached his desk), we as women have nothing to show. Yes, Obama did create the White House Council on Women and Girls and appointed Valerie Jarrett to lead it – a notion that I applauded in an op-ed at The Daily Beast. But Jarrett quickly exited stage left to work on Chicago’s 2016 Olympic run, and frankly we have heard bubkas from the council.

So what do we do?

It is time for women’s advocacy groups to take the lead from what the gay rights groups have learned so well. Unite and speak out together. Challenge President Obama on his campaign promises and shockingly low representation of women. Call him out on his women problem and ask him how he plans to address it.

And it is finally time for women’s organizations to end their decades long cold war with Republican women. Women’s organization need to master a skill so inherent to men: negotiation. The Republican Party has promising stars ahead of 2012 including Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina and Sarah Palin. Leaders of women’s organizations should be making our case to both sides of the aisle.

After all, we have a good product to sell. Our country’s future.

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6 Responses

  1. Indeed, we have “common ground” to break.

  2. Coulda had Hillary!

    • We had Hillary ! THEY- the stole that election and those of us that were weenies sat by and left her standing there with her tits in her hands. Had we had half the balls and guts the republican CITIZENS have we would have stormed the gates and pulled THE RIGHTFUL WINNER through.

      I hope we learned a thing or two from the other half of the country about what patriots who love democracy do about it. A tip o the hat to the Republican patriots citizens who storm the town halls and marched to DC and dragged the Independents and smartened Dems with them- I HOPE WE LEARNED A LESSON ABOUT HOW WE THE PEOPLE need to behave – WHEN THE CROOKED POLITICANS ABROGATE THE CONSTITUTION.

      READ the CONSTITUTION- forget the party politics and do the right thing- throw the bums out- out of both parties start now!

      BettyJean Kling M.S, M. Ed Founder: The Majority United http://www.TheMajorityUnited.com http://www.FreeMeNow.wordpress BTR. The Majority United Radio Founder: Free US Now- “A victim’s first scream is for help; a victim’s second scream is for justice.” – Coral Anika Theill

  3. We tried to warn all in the error of their choice but, they refused to listen!

    Women at times are there own worst enemies!

    Besides selling themselves out, they sold every other woman in this Country out! This is unforgivable!

    As women, it has taken all of us a long tiresome road to finally accomplish recognition in a world that was the exclusive domain of our male counterparts and women were basically derided in this Country in seeking out the office of the presidency!

    They settled for the “crumbs” and this is exactly what they received! Forever to be seen and never truly heard!

    Again, we must go back to the “drawing board” to correct the errors and push ahead to support women, as Palin, Fiorina, Whitman and women who are brave enough to stepup, to speakout and to be seen and heard!

    For those who refuse to do this, then get out of the way because, the rest of us have no time for those who just want the “handouts or to be used as an attack dog for the party”!

    • Very well said- they turned some women into mud wrestlers – ready to get down and dirty and fight on commant for them. hiow sad.
      We shoukld be taking that fighting spirit and fighting for ourselves!
      but you are right – let them get the hell out of our way- we fight on!

  4. Marxist, racist, sexist, narcissist, I can think of no redeeming characteristic for Zero to possible claim.

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