The Random Yak

Random Thursday Questions

Filed under: Just Yaks — Random Yak @ 5:10 pm on May 14, 2008

To all those who think Obama’s recent comment (referring to a female as “sweetie” while on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania) was not out of line:

1.  Do you think Obama would have called a male reporter sweetie?  (And if so, tell me, how would that have impacted your opinion of him?)

2.  Assuming you answered question 1, “no,” : Is it appropriate to treat equally situated professionals differently from one another on the basis of gender?  (And if so, what differentiates gender from race?)

Although I’m not usually one to stick my shaggy nose into the feminist movement (though I do often think some feminists would benefit from having their noses rubbed in it…) it occurs to me that on this particular issue, some of them have a point.

NOT because calling a female “sweetie” should constitute a hanging offense in any context, but because the comment suggests Obama does not treat similarly situated professionals of different genders in an identical manner.  And that statement holds true regardless of the reason or explanation offered by the Obama camp.  If he said it because he wasn’t thinking, the statement reveals his true nature.  If he said it because he was thinking – well, that’s another can of worms altogether, but it doesn’t represent a nicer reality.

Thinking people should see the incident as a dangerous warning.  Unfortunately, as David at third world county so recently pointed out in another context, Obama isn’t looking for thinking people.  He’s looking for a majority.

Isn’t that right, Sweetie?


  1. I think the first question–the threshold question–ought to be, was Barry Hussein Obama-Winfrey’s comment accurate? That is, was the reporter he referred to as a “sweetie” a sweet person, someone one would think of as kind, gentle, endearing? If so, then I don’t see what the fuss is about. If not, then have at it.


    Comment by David — May 14, 2008 @ 7:01 pm

  2. Yeh, yeh, I forgot “cute” in the mix.


    (Although, come to think on it, I can’t recall a “cute” reporter… not even Dan Blather at his “cutest” or Katie CouricK-ick-ick brings that sort of thought to mind… :-))

    Comment by David — May 14, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

  3. The only problem with discovering the reporter was actually sweet is that then we’d be discussing Obama’s issues with cannibalism rather than feminism.

    Though in some contexts, that appears to be the same thing.

    Comment by Random Yak — May 14, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

  4. *ba-dump-bump*

    Comment by David — May 14, 2008 @ 11:59 pm

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