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Obama Dribbles From Mandate to Man Date


In the heat of the Democrats' "We Love Women" campaign, the White House took a detour to testosterone land Tuesday. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron left their wives behind in Washington as they took a road trip — well, on Air Force One — to catch a men's tournament basketball game in Dayton, Ohio.

The teams that played Tuesday night — Mississippi Valley State and Western Kentucky — were all-male.

Now, all-male was a no-no for a House panel on the Obama administration's decision to force church-based organizations to provide employees with birth control in violation of their deeply held beliefs. But sports are different from politics, right?

Though religion isn't.

Democrats wear their charge of a Republican "War on Women" as an accessory. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was furious that an all-male panel testified about church views on the Obama mandate about birth control. She didn't have to worry about her husband's being a member of the Bohemian Club, which does not admit female members — although women can work in the kitchen — because she's a Democrat.

It's the same in the Oval Office.

One month the White House snickers about an overly male GOP's not backing its birth control mandate. But Obamadom doesn't want to seem too metrosexual, so the president jumped from mandate to "man date."

Having played the war-on-women card like a shark, Obama now plays the man card. As if they were in a buddy movie, the world leaders headed off to a swing state, where they granted an exclusive interview to sports broadcaster Clark Kellogg.

Not that there were no women around. The Associated Press reported, "Early in the first half, two young women arrived with hot dogs for both leaders, along with a bottle of water for Obama and a Coke for Cameron, who spread ketchup on his hot dog."

The handlers didn't just man up the president by serving up wieners. At Wednesday night's state dinner, the White House dished up "bison Wellington" for the main course. What next, rodeo?

Anything could happen. By hyping a phony threat to women's "access" to birth control — it's phony because women have access to birth control — the administration no doubt scared up some female voters. Mission accomplished. Now the boys can go back to being boys.

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I think that last paragraph really made sense. Women have access to birth control. Go buy the pill. Or condoms. They are all sold all your local pharmacy. Don't want to pay? Have the man buy it. If you or your partner can't afford a 50 cent condom, you shoulden't be having sex. But thats my opinion. Everyone still has access to sex any time they want. No rights are being denied here. This whole issue is a huge distraction.
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Posted by: Chris McCoy
Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:26 AM
Re: Chris McCoy The only distraction was the pure satisfaction Rush and his right wing buddies derived from trashing a perfectly innocent college student. They just can't miss an opportunity to trash and burn, and that is a sick reminder of were the psyches of way too many to the fantasy right reside. I do take great satisfaction in how the free market punishes bad business decisions.

Rush will die an obese, drug addict pauper. That is his tragic fate.
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Posted by: Masako
Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:57 PM
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