Boy's Club at the White House

Thought the "War on Women" was being waged by Republicans? No big surprise there.  The Obama Administration led the charge during the election season with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius saying, "They [Republicans] want to roll back the last 50 years in progress women have made. . . " The DCCC wrote: "House Republicans have launched an all-out war on women," and " [Republicans are] waging an unrelenting war on women."

Republicans, the Dems said as they sought to foment pure terror from women at the prospect of a Republican administration, are the enemy, “trying to roll back basic rights that most of us thought were won more than a generation ago” and that they are perpetrating “vicious misogyny and anti-women hate speech.”

Yet last week, Washington Free Beacon ran a piece, "White House Escalates War on Women, " with a picture from the White House Flickr account showing Obama surrounded by his top advisors: all male. 

The next day, Fox Nation posted another picture from the Flickr account, saying, "White House continues War on Women."

Both headlines are spot on. This is a continuation and an escalation of what's been going on at the White House Since Day One.  I wrote about it in my book, Divider in Chief.  

Obama’s White House has been known from the early days as a “Boys Club.” Multiple books and articles have been published on that point, including by New York Times' writer Jodi Kantor Former White House communications director, Anita Dunn, who not surprisingly later distanced herself from her comments, compared Obama’s White House to a “frat house” and Christina Romer, former head of the council of economic advisors, said she “felt like a piece of meat” whenever she visited the president.  Dunn said, “Looking back, 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.”

Obama apparently brushed off the concerns of women staffers. When one suggested he should fire former chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel because of his rough and chauvinistic manner, Obama said, “Look, I really need Rahm.”

At a women staff-only dinner with the president, ostensibly to address the growing concern about the sexist atmosphere in the White House, the president began the dinner by looking at his watch and asking, “Are there genuine concerns that I need to know about?”

Nothing new here, folks.  This president cares about women when he can manipulate and scare them into voting for him--which unfortunately he was able to do with remarkable ease.  Otherwise, they are a petty nuisance.  Particularly in the White House.