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What A Guy!

I guess that hamster spinning around the wheel in Obama's head is working overtime.

Obama just created what's called the "White House Council for Women and Girls". Most certainly a noble effort, which just happens to reek of political pandering.

Some highlights of his announcement:

"I sign this order not just as a president, but as a son, a grandson, a husband and a father because, growing up, I saw my mother put herself through school and follow her passion for helping others," Obama said. "But I also saw how she struggled to raise me and my sister on her own, worrying about how she'd pay the bills and educate herself and provide for us."

He said he signed the order to honor all the women who came before him, such as his grandmother who was a bank vice president but was denied promotions because of her gender. He said the fight for gender equality is far from over.

"I've seen Michelle, the rock of the Obama family, juggling work and parenting with more skill and grace than anybody that I know," Obama said. "But I also saw how it tore at her at times, how sometimes when she was with the girls she was worrying about work, and when she was at work she was worrying about the girls. It's a feeling that I share every day."

Obama cited statistics to back up his case: Women earn just 78 cents for every dollar men make; 1 in 4 women still experiences domestic violence; women are 49 percent of the work force but only 3 percent of Fortune 500 chiefs.

As I said, certainly a noble effort. No coincidence that it is created during "International Women's Month".

I wonder, will he hold up George W.Bush as an advocate for women, considering the women of Afghanistan and Iraq are now free to pursue schooling and employment without fear of governmental punishment? Will he present him with an honorary award?

The inequalities which women in the workplace endure are unjust and need to be rectified. However, right now, the best thing he can do for women in this country is actually focus all of his domestic attention on the economy. Only with that, he and his council can keep a weather eye on issues affecting women in the work place.

His admiration for his wife, Michelle, in dealing with raising children and pursuing a career just about describes every "working family" in this country. Are the men in the lives of these families not worthy of a "council", too?

Marriage is quite possibly the number one factor in the lives of all men and women which can determine the success of raising children and providing solid, nourishing homes for both adults and kids.

Perhaps, with his acknowledgment of his single mother's struggles, Mr. Obama will also create a "Council for Promotion of Marriage".

Don't hold your breath.

In recent memory, there has been a glorification of single motherhood in this country. Men are not needed. Career is paramount. Children can be manufactured, if so desired. Or they can be aborted on demand.

Knowing Obama's stance on abortion, both here and abroad, I'm sure the creation of this council will be celebrated around the world as another shining example of Obama's solidarity with the pro-choice, reproductive rights crowd.


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Comments (23)

Gotta hand it to The One. ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Gotta hand it to The One. Just like Billy Bob, he LOVES the spotlight.

Question. Did he need a teleprompter for his signing speech?

My give a damn mete... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


My give a damn meter just broke.

I wonder if the women in hi... (Below threshold)
Tim:

I wonder if the women in his administration are underpaid the way his Senate staff was?

http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/36234

Lol Council for Men! In Ind... (Below threshold)

Lol Council for Men! In Indoctrinate U, the filmmaker went to various campuses and asked where the Men's Studies department was...talk about shocked!

"White House Council for Women and Girls" does this council include the *typical white people* such as those like his maternal grandmother? Or is this day exclusive?

Enough already...

I wonder, will he hold u... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

I wonder, will he hold up George W.Bush as an advocate for women, considering the women of Afghanistan and Iraq are now free to pursue schooling and employment without fear of governmental punishment?

Since you don't know, Shawn, I'll tell you: whatever you may think of the occupation of Iraq, women's rights in that country have not improved. Islamic law is enforced at local levels; girls are openly discouraged from going to school and exposing their skin in public; and many women who were forced to flee the country are now sex workers in Syria.

Replacing a secular tyrant with religious fanatics who enjoy the support of the Shi'ite majority does have its drawbacks, dontchaknow.

And while women in Afghanistan might have nothing to fear from their government, the people who are actually in control of the country--religious fanatics--continue to treat women like shit, just as they did prior to the invasion.

So now that you are aware of these facts, you can start telling the truth about George W. Bush's legacy of advancing the rights of women in the Islamic world. He might have tried, but he did not succeed--not by a long shot.

Obama's entire career has b... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Obama's entire career has been based on creating one aggrieved minority after another. I'm sick of his slicing and dicing our country into little politically bite-sized pieces.

It's time he grew into his job and accepted his responsibility for leading the entire country and started governing accordingly. Until he does, he's just a cheap politician in an empty suit, hustling one group against the other. He's not even worthy of our contempt.

So now that you ar... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
So now that you are aware of these facts, you can start telling the truth about George W. Bush's legacy of advancing the rights of women in the Islamic world. He might have tried, but he did not succeed--not by a long shot.

It's the old "if Bush accomplishes something move the goalpost" trick. It's not enough to change the national government and give women the right to vote. For Bush to get any credit he also has to change the culture at the deepest level.

It's just another liberal standard™ by which Obama will also be judged.

The 78 cents on the dollar ... (Below threshold)
KeithK:

The 78 cents on the dollar figure is extremely misleading. The differential is almost entirely due to different chocies made by women vs, men. In particular, women are much more likely to take time off from their careers to raise children. Spending several years at home away from the workforce puts an individual at a disadvantage in terms of wages and experience, one that she (or he) is unlikely to make up.

I have read that when you control for all variables there is essentially no differential between men and women for the same work. This is anecdotal evidence - I don't have studies to point to. But it's consistent with my experience in the working world.

Obama cited statis... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Obama cited statistics to back up his case: Women earn just 78 cents for every dollar men make;

Is the Wage Gap Women's Choice?: Suppose you're an employer doing the hiring. If a woman does equal work for 25 percent less money, why would any employer ever hire a man?

Gender Wage Gap Is Feminist Fiction: A study of the gender wage gap conducted by economist June O' Neill, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, found that women earn 98 percent of what men do when controlled for experience, education, and number of years on the job.

It's just more of the liberal "equal outcomes" thinking that eliminates the loss or gain for taking risk or not taking risk. Why be on call 24/7 in the winter working as a snow plow driver and expose yourself to driving an overweight truck in conditions where you can't even see the road? Much better to get the same pay being a government clerk working regular hours in a warm and safe office. In the liberal mind we don't need snow plow drivers, either that or we have to draft women into doing that kind of work even if they don't want to.

Bill Clinton is kicking him... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Bill Clinton is kicking himself that he didn't think of a "White House Council for Women and Girls" first...

Mac, women have less rights... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Mac, women have less rights in Iraq now than they did when Saddam Hussein is in power.

If the goal posts were set at status quo Iraq under Saddam Hussein, Bush would have missed wide-right by a long shot.

You should be embarrassed, defending this man's record.

Oh, the trenchant questions... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Oh, the trenchant questions you ask, Mr Mallow!

"I wonder, will he hold up George W. Bush as an advocate for women?"

"Are the men in the lives of these families not worthy of a 'council', too?"

"Perhaps....Mr Obama will create a 'Council for Promotion of Marriage' ...Don't hold your breath."

I have a couple of questions and perhapses, too.

Will Mr Mallow ever post any evidence that there was every-night coverage of US casualties BEFORE the election, and none AFTER the election, as he claimed in a previous piece, and has refused to back up?

Will Shawn admit he pulled that article out of his posterior?

Will Mr Mallow continue to write pieces full of silly hypothetical questions, and without a point, or will he write something based in fact?.......Don't hold your breath.

Mac, women have less rig... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Mac, women have less rights in Iraq now than they did when Saddam Hussein is in power.

If the goal posts were set at status quo Iraq under Saddam Hussein, Bush would have missed wide-right by a long shot.

You should be embarrassed, defending this man's record.

You gotta be shitting me. You defend Saddam Hussein, and then say Mac should be ashamed of standing up for George Bush? How many rape rooms has Bush set up? And why is it Iraq's or George Bush's fault that women who fled to Syria are forced to be sex workers? I suppose we could rectify that by invading Syria. I'm all for it. How about you, Hyperbole?

Ah Brucy, deflect, deflect,... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Ah Brucy, deflect, deflect, demean, dismiss. You lefties are so predictable. You are pa-freaking-thetic.

Hyper, you are correct. Women in Iraq are in a terrible situation. They have to vote. They are elected into power. They are opening and running businesses. How cruel. When Saddam was in power, these women could have been raped and beaten at any time. These poor women making poor choices. I am sure they would give anything to live in fear of being raped.

Hyper, are you naturally this hateful and stupid, or do you actually work on it? Gosh! I think you won the record for the most assinine comment ever here at Wizbang. ww

"Will Mr Mallow ever post a... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Will Mr Mallow ever post any evidence that there was every-night coverage of US casualties BEFORE the election, and none AFTER the election, as he claimed in a previous piece, and has refused to back up?"

Don't know about the MSM because I don't bother to watch, I can get the Democratic talking points direct from the source.

However, I did send a letter to the local rag, asking where all the "memorials" have gone since THE ONE became president. Every weekend the progressives would descend on a local beach and take great pains to "show support for the troops" by laying out crosses for each of the war dead. They'd piously declare to the TV cameras that it was all "non-political".
Well, since The One arrived, there are no more "memorials".

Just more hypocrisy under the guise of "nuance".

hype,Mac,... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

hype,

Mac, women have less rights in Iraq now than they did when Saddam Hussein is in power.

The right of women to vote is fundamental to their long term progress in any civilized society. Bush gave that right to both the women and men of Iraq.

You should be embarrassed, defending this man's record.

You should be ashamed that it's taking you so long to recover from your BDS.

"News coverage of US milita... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

"News coverage of US military deaths has been almost non-existent since the election. So much so that I, personally, didn't think there were any."

Bruce,

If you can't comprehend from those two sentences that (ALMOST non-existent & PERSONALLY being the key-words) it was an OPINION piece, then you are dumb.

#1) Your "gotcha" crap is getting old
#2) Hi-jack one more thread and you're gone.

OK, Mr Mallow, so it is you... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

OK, Mr Mallow, so it is your OPINION that there has been less news coverage of US casualties since the election than before.

But see, this is not a matter of opinion. There has either beeen less coverage, or there has not been less coverage.Which is why I asked you, on March 4, 2009, to back up your assertion with some facts.

I enjoy posting here, but if I'm "gone" because I offended you, so be it.

If Mr Mallow's threat is true, goodbye, Wizbangers!

"The inequalities which wom... (Below threshold)

"The inequalities which women in the workplace endure are unjust and need to be rectified."

What inequalities?
http://www.rightklik.net/

women have less rights i... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

women have less rights in Iraq now than they did when Saddam Hussein is in power.

Bullshit, hyper. Not even a difference of opinion, you're spouting complete, unadulterated bullshit.

Women in Saddam's Iraq had no rights, neither did men, children, anyone but Saddam Hussein and his sons. That you even try to make the argument shows that you've crossed a line from disagreement to willful, hateful ignorance. You confuse what people are allowed to do with what they have the right to do.

You have the soul of a craven jackbooted thug.

Sorry wingnuts, but Baghdad... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Sorry wingnuts, but Baghdad is by no means a better place to live than it was under the rule of murderous thugs. Islamic fanatics are no better than Saddam Hussein and his children. If you are so in love with the mission of smearing peeance and freeance across the Middle East that you cannot grasp this fact, then I feel sorry for you. Iraqi women are not better off now than they were when the Husseins controlled the country. Saddam wasn't shipping women to Syria to be sex slaves, for one thing, and girls were allowed to receive the same education as boys. But you'll just gloss that over because that's what you do.

But you'll just gloss t... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

But you'll just gloss that over because that's what you do.

Glossing over is what you are doing. You're an apologist for a totalitarian regime. Nothing more.

hyper,Sor... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

hyper,

Sorry wingnuts, but Baghdad is by no means a better place to live than it was under the rule of murderous thugs.

In his speech at camp Lejeune last month Obama said the goal of the war in Iraq was to first remove Saddam from power, which he said was accomplished. Second, to establish a representative government, which he also said was accomplished. Now that even Obama admits that Bush won the war in Iraq, the left's strategy is to claim the people of Iraq were better off under Saddam than under their own elected government. And you call us wingnuts. Gee, hyper, don't you have an honest bone in your body?




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