Girl Cooties


As you may already know, Ron Suskind has written a book that, among other things, reveals the totally unsurprising news that the Obama White House has been the Washington DC chapter of the He-Man Woman Haters Club. Well the push-back spinning has begun:

Those tensions prompted Obama, urged on by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, to elevate more women into senior White House positions, recognize them more during staff meetings and increase the female presence in the upper ranks of the reelection campaign. “There were some issues early on with women feeling as though they hadn’t figured out what their role was going to be on the senior team at the White House,” Jarrett said in an interview Monday. “Most of the women hadn’t worked on the campaign, and so they didn’t have a personal relationship with the president.”


What happened to all the women working on the campaign? Did they not get jobs in the administration or were there just not very many? Either answer is revealing.

I’m betting on the latter. It’s hard to believe that a campaign loaded with women in the top spots would engage in as much sexism and misogyny as we witnessed in 2008.

One of the most striking quotes in the book came from former White House communications director Anita Dunn , who was quoted as saying that, “this place would be in court for a hostile workplace. . . . Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.”

Dunn says she was quoted out of context and told The Post on Friday that she told Suskind “point blank” that the White House was not a hostile work environment.

On Monday, Suskind allowed a Post reporter to review a recorded excerpt of the original interview, which took place over the telephone in April. In that conversation, Dunn is heard telling Suskind about a conversation she had with Jarrett.

“I remember once I told Valerie that, I said if it weren’t for the president, this place would be in court for a hostile workplace,” Dunn is heard telling Suskind. “Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.”


Tell another lie, Pinocchio.



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28 Responses to Girl Cooties

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Groping cardboard Hillary was all the proof I needed that a frat club would be running our country. Then there’s the high turnover on the First Lady’s staff that concerns me too. I waiting for their books 😀

    • foxyladi14 says:

      they gotta be a hoot 😆

    • Three Wickets says:

      BO campaign team was one big frathouse, and it just continued in the administration. Jon Favreau head speechwriter is 30, Ben Rhodes deputy national security advisor for strategic comm is 32. Are there any women that age in positions of influence. No.

  2. votermom says:

    Those tensions prompted Obama, urged on by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, to elevate more women into senior White House positions, recognize them more during staff meetings and increase the female presence in the upper ranks of the reelection campaign.

    This actually reads like Jarrett is tacitly admitting that women, unless in a “personal relationship” with the President, are scarce, invisible, and ignored in the White House.

  3. yttik says:

    I’m really shocked to learn that more women weren’t invited to fondle cardboard cut outs of Hillary!

    Of course this administration has a “sweetie” problem because “periodically when they’re down the claws come out” and women just aren’t “likable enough.” It’s really not Obama’s fault, I mean after all, “You can put lipstick on a pig” and “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper..It’s still gonna stink.”

    What’s a poor guy to do?? I mean besides pointing out that “that’s just a cellphone” in his pocket or offering to give a woman a kiss because she “looks like a dancer and is really gorgeous.”

  4. DeniseVB says:

    I bet Obama *likes* these ladies:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/30/gloria-steinem-obama-women-fundraiser_n_940760.html

    “Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what you can do for ME !”

    Then they’ll all be back under the bus, sigh.

    • yttik says:

      It’s always been “Women for Obama” rather than “Obama for Women.”

      We can call Bush stupid all we want, but he at least understood this distinction and launched his “W is for Women” campaign. If he had called it “Women for W” it would have had an entirely different meaning.

  5. Mary says:

    Sorry, Anita Dunn. Suskind has you on tape, and WAPO has heard the tapes.

    End of story, dear.

  6. yttik says:

    There’s a couple of other women besides Anita Dunn who tell a story about the white house and their view on women. One is Shirley Sherrod who was quickly fired in a Obama rush to judgement. She said she was harassed into resigning and really wasn’t sure if she would want her job back because of how she would be treated.

    The other is Lucia Whalen, the woman not invited to Obama’s beer summit. The woman who called 911 to try and report a possible burglary. That poor woman was terrorized. “The criticism at first was so painful I was frankly afraid to say anything. People called me racist. Some even said threatening things that made me fear for my safety.”

    So, except for the harassment, the death threats, and the accusations of racism, I’m sure the white house is quite friendly towards women.

    • Mary says:

      The rapid push to actually fire Sherrod (all done on a telephone) was done by Jim Messina (on the press spokesman’s staff), who wanted it done BEFORE Bill O’Reilly could discuss it that night on his show. After the firing, the “boys” high-fived in celebration that they “beaten O’Reilly.”

      Jim Messina is now an active member of the Presiden’ts re-election team that is led by Plouffe and Axelrod.

      True story.

      • Mary says:

        Lemme clarify: It was Jim Messina who told the Agriculture Secretary that Sherrod should be fired. The Secretary followed through within his department.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Does Vera Baker ring a bell ? She was a juicy “affair” rumor back in ’08. Here’s a classic Hillbuzz post summarizing the tabloids, defending Baker … and their reason why she may have been sent away, despite her being a top fundraiser for black candidates, including BO’s Senate campaign…….yummo 😉

      http://hillbuzz.org/2010/04/30/leave-vera-baker-alone-she-did-not-have-an-affair-with-obama/

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  8. Sorry, but the recording doesn’t quite match the quotes. “IF NOT FOR THE PRESIDENT … WOULD BE”

  9. fif says:

    Not that I’m surprised, but NOW finally came out with a statement saying they are “confident” Obama’s White House is fair to women. It’s hard to imagine these organizations becoming any more irrelevant.

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