- The Washington Times - Monday, April 30, 2012

Just when the furor over Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney’s employment status had subsided, here comes President Obama wisecracking about Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton drunk-texting him from Cartagena (“Romney, Secret Service, GOP: Obama mocks them all,” Web, Sunday). Not only was the comment not funny, but it clearly showed that Mr. Obama is taking the women’s vote for granted. That’s a big mistake.

First of all, there is a growing cacophony of voices opining that if there were more female agents, the Secret Service scandal would not have occurred. If Mr. Obama’s remarks were intended to level the playing field between the sexes and deflect from the “men behaving badly,” they backfired. The picture of the secretary of state drinking beer and dancing with her staffers was snapped after official business was concluded. Many of us girls know how (and more importantly when) to have fun.

Second, if the current occupant of the White House was indirectly responding to a recent survey showing Mrs. Clinton’s poll numbers are their highest ever, this was no way to attempt to lower her popularity to parallel his. Besides making him look tone-deaf and unpresidential, all Mr. Obama may have accomplished with his “joke” was to cause women to rethink voting for him again and energize Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 supporters, perhaps to the point of encouraging her to run.

If Mr. Obama expects to retain the female vote, he and his proxies should further refrain from sticking their collective foot in their mouth.


KAREN ANN DELUCA

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