Today, the media went all doe-eyed at the Obama speech and introduction by Sandra Fluke. They retweeted all of his major points about how Obama is the first female president. Or maybe we just made that part up. Nonetheless, his rhetoric was somewhat disingenuous given his record with women. Obama's not nice to women in his White House and he hurts women across the country with his policies. Here are just a few examples:
- Time's "Swampland" blog says that Obama has a "woman problem" and cites the frustration of his female senior advisors:
"Coverage in the Washington Post and a new book by Ron Suskind has focused attention on the frustration of Obama’s female advisers. But the problem has been obvious almost since Obama took office. And while the explanations so far have blamed members of the mostly-departed boys club–Robert Gibbs, Rahm Emanuel–Obama himself is responsible for a work atmosphere that marginalizes and ignores women."
- Additionally, former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said about the White House, in the expose "Confidence Men", “this place would be in court for a hostile workplace. . . . Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.”
- Finally, and possibly, the worst, records show that Obama has a history of paying his female staffers 18% less than their male counterparts. For someone who accuses the other side of not treating women fairly, this is pretty damning. Hypocrite what?
Even SNL made fun of Romney for his fair treatment of women:
But, Obama’s workplace leadership (of lack thereof) pales in comparison to how his policies have negatively impacted women, particuarly when one looks at jobs and the economy. Here are a few examples:
The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics' job report for July 2012 showed that 214,000 women over the age of 20 have exited the workforce since June. Why is that?
Even worse, when comparing July 2011 to July 2012, we see that over 1.5 million women over the age of 20 have left the workforce.
The numbers above don't even account for the 860,000 increase in unemployed women since Obama took office.
With facts like this, it's no wonder that Gallup shows a decline in Obama’s popularity among women from 70% to 50% since he took office. And, it's also no wonder that Obama feels like he has to pander and plead with women for their vote. Women aren't fools, Mr. President, they see through your flimsy politicking.