I’m glad President Obama got a taste of the left’s own medicine after committing the putatively sexist crime of referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Conn., as “Elizabeth.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, from whom the White House today said it expects an apology, suggested it was sexist. National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill actually said it was sexist.
Well, it’s a bit ironic to defend Obama against such silliness, given that he is the instigator of so much of his own unprovoked, vitriolic nonsense against the legitimate views of opponents. And the White House wants my help as much as it wants a chimpanzee to redecorate the Blue Room.
But, hey, he’s my president too. And when the goons come for him, I’ll defend him.
So here is Obama using the first name basis with a few of his male colleagues. Just a couple out of tons of examples:
From remarks a Beverly Hills Democratic fundraiser in November 2013:
Now, I understand Harry Reid was here, but Harry left. But I’ll tell you what, although Harry may not win sort of any contest for best sound bite on CNN — (laughter) — if you’re in a fight, you want Harry Reid in your corner. And nobody has fought harder for the American people and for working families in this country than Harry — (applause) — with the possible exception of the person who has been one of the finest Speakers that we’ve ever had and who I intend to see Speaker once again, Nancy Pelosi. (Applause.)
And at another fundraiser in New York City in September 2014, referencing Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York City:
You may not have heard of Chuck because he doesn’t really do a lot of media — (laughter) – but he is tireless and incredibly effective. And one of the best young public servants that we have in our country who has the thankless job of being the head of the DSCC — the Senator from the great state of Colorado, Michael Bennet . . . And so the reason that I’m working so hard on behalf of the DSCC is because of what Chuck represents and what Michael represents and what the Senate Democrats represent is an acknowledgement that we have to grow, and we grow best when everybody is part of the deal.
It’s also worth pointing out that Sen. Warren is one of the senators Obama personally knows best, having appointed her to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau before she became a senator, and so a first-name reference would seem even more natural.
What also angered some people was Obama’s shocking revelation that Warren is “a politician like everyone else,” suggesting a little bit of presidential pique.
I agree with an assessment I heard Rush make today, that he’s probably jealous of her. I mean, she’s stolen his mantle as the post-political crusader for all that is moral and good.
Gosh, if only Obama had permitted his operatives to tell the world in 2008 that he too was just “a politician like everyone else.” The nation might have been spared lot of trouble.