May 21, 2012

Former CNN host Campbell Brown takes it to the President in her New York Times op-ed called, "Obama: Stop Condescending to Women".

So basically, Ms. Brown has taken upon herself to call the President out on his sexist ways.  Now nevermind that her husband works for Mitt Romney (she put forth a disclaimer ensuring that had nothing to do with her article because she's an independent journalist), but she basically want you to believe that women can't walk and chew gum at the same time.

Brown states how women she know aren't concerned with women's reproductive rights' but rather they are more focused on the economy when it comes to this election cycle. 

Here is what she wrote:

The struggling women in my life all laughed when I asked them if contraception or abortion rights would be a major factor in their decision about this election. For them, and for most other women, the economy overwhelms everything else.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm pretty sure the Economy for Most Americans is a major factor, but let's not pretend that it's the only factor.  Women are smart enough to realize there is a lot more at stake this election than just the economy.  Women's reproductive rights as well as initiatives such as the Lilly Ledbetter Act are important things that are being considered by many women. 

Ms. Brown finds Obama's talk to women to be very paternalistic.  She uses his speech at Barnard College as an example of how the President talks down to women:

When I listen to President Obama speak to and about women, he sometimes sounds too paternalistic for my taste. In numerous appearances over the years — most recently at the Barnard graduation — he has made reference to how women are smarter than men. It’s all so tired, the kind of fake praise showered upon those one views as easy to impress. As I listen, I am always bracing for the old go-to cliché: “Behind every great man is a great woman.”

My bigger concern is that in courting women, Mr. Obama’s campaign so far has seemed maddeningly off point. His message to the Barnard graduates was that they should fight for a “seat at the table” — the head seat, he made sure to add. He conceded that it’s a tough economy, but he told the grads, “I am convinced you are tougher” and “things will get better — they always do.”
I guess I'm one of those people that like to judge a person off of his/her actions more so than his/her words.  Campbell Brown takes it upon herself to take on President Obama for his perceived sexism instead of addressing the actions of the President.  To pretend that the President is somehow anti-woman goes against everything he has done. 

Campbell Brown of all people should know this.


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