“Hold on one second, sweetie”

by matttbastard

This is definitely not the way for Obama to broaden his appeal with female voters:

Obama has subsequently apologized to WXYZ reporter Peggy Agar, but his explanation mainly serves to dig himself further into a hole:

“Hi Peggy. This is Barack Obama. I’m calling to apologize on two fronts. One was you didn’t get your question answered and I apologize. I thought that we had set up interviews with all the local stations. I guess we got it with your station but you weren’t the reporter that got the interview. And so, I broke my word. I apologize for that and I will make up for it.

“Second apology is for using the word ‘sweetie.’ That’s a bad habit of mine. I do it sometimes with all kinds of people [yes, he certainly does - mb]. I mean no disrespect and so I am duly chastened on that front.”

No, dig up, stupid!

Jesus tapdancing Christ. You wanna know how to better help make the case that you deserve the support of women? Step 1: DON’T BE A SEXIST ASSHAT.

Look, intent is irrelevant–habitually using reductive terms like “sweetie’ is both disrespectful and indicative that Obama may have a bigger problem with women than simply not getting their votes, regardless of whether his actions are conscious or otherwise. Not to say that this sort of thing is unique (gee, a man says something misogynistic and dismissive to a woman–film at 11!), nor is it definitive proof that Obama actively perpetuates misogyny (does anyone seriously think that Geraldine Ferraro burns crosses in her free time?) But a good ally is duty bound to call out the people on his or her team when someone fucks up (to be clear: my team is the ‘not John McSame’ team).

I’m very glad that Obama did apologize; however, I hope he takes the opportunity to reflect on exactly why he’s still having a tough go at making inroads with women.

*facepalm*

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9 thoughts on ““Hold on one second, sweetie”

  1. Yeah, gotta say, I tend to find it *worse* when someone is unconscious of just how cute/inferior/childlike/small he thinks I am. If he doesn’t even realize he’s dismissing me, then he’s also going to be dismissing me pointing out that he’s dismissing me.

    I don’t think my face ever emerges from my palm these days.

  2. okay calm down ladies, he’s a president candidate trying to do something every day and this woman comes up to him all in his face asking about something obama is obviously he’s going to talk about trying to get through the area. geez women can’t take compliments, i’d love to be called sweetie but im a guy so i don’t think it’ll happen.

  3. calmdown // May 15, 2008 at 3:18 pm (edit)

    okay calm down ladies, he’s a president candidate trying to do something every day and this woman comes up to him all in his face asking about something obama is obviously he’s going to talk about trying to get through the area. geez women can’t take compliments, i’d love to be called sweetie but im a guy so i don’t think it’ll happen.

    DNFTT (unless of course you feel like playing bingo.)

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