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Kathleen Parker Calls Obama First Female President

Obama Our First Female President?

Not only did Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton, but he also became the country's first female president. That's what Washington Post columnist and newcomer to CNN Kathleen Parker wrote today, arguing that Obama's wimpy leadership on the oil spill makes him clearly female. Parker suggests that Obama could handle national crises much better if he started acting like an alpha-male.

So what "female" characteristics does Obama possess? Parker says Obama's tendency to build coalitions is totally girlie (men are more mavericky), plus his tendency to meet with advisers proves he's really chatty, just like the ladies. Parker thinks some more masculine outbursts would surely help stop the oil spill. She writes: "His lack of immediate, commanding action was perceived as a lack of leadership because, well, it was," and of course a lack of leadership is a feminine trait not fitting for the "masculine-coded context of the Oval Office."

It may be true that presidential rhetoric and action matter, but what's up with resorting to the political version of "you throw like a girl." Whatever. I'm still holding out for the first female president.

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postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
vanilla19, the way she said it WAS insulting. It's different to say that Obama considers the emotions of others more than a typical man would, but it's another thing to say that we really do have the first female president because Obama is a wimp and has no leadership skills (which, in Parker's context, means being a woman).
shannon_xo shannon_xo 7 years
Wow...that's really insulting to women...
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I am no fan of obama's, but this is incredibly insulting. Not to mention an obvious press grab of Parker's.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I don't mind her criticizing Obama so much as equating all the behavior she finds disturbing with outdated female stereotypes.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Parker is absurd. Her thinking is defective on many levels. And yes, I think she has some deep-seated issues (that affects her thinking).
elramos elramos 7 years
I can't believe a woman would write that. What the hell is wrong with her? Thanks a lot for further perpetuating negative female stereotypes. Wimpy=female? That really pisses me off. She must think very lowly of herself. Perhaps she should have said Obama is acting like a "Kathleen Parker."
vanilla19 vanilla19 7 years
Honestly, I completely understand where she is coming from. She isn't insulting women or Obama, she is just saying that the way he leads is more typical to how a woman would act rather than a man. He considers emotions more; he'll sit down and talk with people, rather than dive right into things and point fingers at people. It is more like women, because they are more sensitive. It is not an insult, because it's not necessarily bad.
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
Oh and I also agree that this is beyond insulting. But I would take a "wimpy" president over a "maverick" any day. We've already tried the maverick approach for 8 years and look where that got us.
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
I'm kind of sick of hearing people complain about Obama "not doing anything" with regards to the oil spill. Are you kidding me? He has been working on holding BP and the other responsible parties accountable for this disaster while also trying to mitigate the effects of the situation without costing us (the taxpayers) millions of dollars in cleaning up a mess that is not ours and that we simply don't have the funds for. I'm not trying to say that our president is perfect but let's give him some credit for being level-headed and careful. I'm also extremely happy that he isn't being a pushover and is really pursuing BP about this.
marcied23 marcied23 7 years
couldn't of said it better myself bryseana!
bryseana bryseana 7 years
Maybe he should just start an unnecessary war to show how much of a man he is. I'm tired of the notion that men have to be assholes to be "real" men. It's stupid. What the world needs less of is insensitive bullies.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I understand the criticism Obama faces about not being "tough enough", but equating that to femaleness is totally offensive and insulting. This kind of gender stereotyping can be so damaging. Not only to women, but to men as well.
Studio16 Studio16 7 years
He's cautious. There's a difference.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 7 years
That's really insulting, not only for our president, but to women as well. I'm shocked this came from a female columnist.
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