May 14, 2008

Obama: "Hold On One Second, Sweetie"

Here's the video:

I don't object to the word "Sweetie"... when addressing a female child, or as a term of endearment with a relative or close friend. Using it condescendingly here as Obama did here in addressing a grown, professional woman is demeaning, and the reporter he called "Sweetie" is obviously steamed at the dismissive slight.

At The Politico Ben Smith has more on the story, and the comment thread there is certainly illuminating. Obama supporters on the site attack Smith, Hillary Clinton, and even the reporter for reporting the slight, instead of admitting that Obama went out of bounds.

The video says something about Obama's character, but the Politico comments are even more shocking in how it reveals the character of his acolytes.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 14, 2008 02:55 PM

Wow, the story is much more powerful when you look at those comments. You should post a few comments.

Posted by: mekan at May 14, 2008 03:27 PM

Wonder how he'd react if Senator Byrd refered to him as "Boy?"

Posted by: Big Country at May 14, 2008 04:08 PM

So waht you're saying, Chuck, is that that reporter MADE Obama call her "sweetie"? Are we talking cue cards, or maybe mind control waves?

Posted by: DaveP. at May 14, 2008 04:43 PM

Well he and Michelle just paid off their student loans so he couldn't possibly be misogynistic ... or is it elitist? I can't keep these non sequiturs straight.

Posted by: capitano at May 14, 2008 05:37 PM

Patronizing and insultingly dismissive.

Posted by: Sara at May 14, 2008 06:36 PM

Perhaps this is why Hamas supports him? He's got a misogynistic streak they recognize and sympathize with?

Posted by: Lurking Observer at May 14, 2008 07:24 PM

I'm going to have to buck the trend on this one. Well, sort of. Those comments at the link are startling and telling. Ugh.

I have a lot of problems with ole BHO, but this isn't one of them. Is is rude? Yes. It's is patronizing in a sexist manner? Slightly.

When reporters try to ambush folks, I think it's A-OK for them to be flippant. I actually sort of get a kick out of it.

Posted by: brando at May 14, 2008 07:31 PM

He's going to help the auto workers by eliminating all their worry and anxiety about what to do with any spare cash they got laying around.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at May 14, 2008 07:37 PM

"When reporters try to ambush folks, I think it's A-OK for them to be flippant. I actually sort of get a kick out of it."

I agree. Clearly this reporter had an ax to grind and it seems by the time the video starts she had already been importuning him several times already. I don't begrudge him for saying it.

Posted by: Arbotreeist at May 14, 2008 09:38 PM

The only explanation is that Barry is actually an agent/provocateur for Team Hillary. Really, this guys vaunted political chops are more revealed as an urban legend every day. Sure, the reporterette, like so many, was inviting insult. But if Obammy wants to change his trend lines in his weak demos... that is, he wants to change them UP, he must avoid, say, confirming all the alleged sexism that keeps Hillary barefoot, illiterate, in the kitchen and, of course, pregnant.

Posted by: megapotamus at May 15, 2008 11:53 AM