President Obama Weighs in on Hilary Rosen Comments

CNNPresident Obama is addressing Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's claims that stay-at-home-mom Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life." 

“There's no tougher job than being a mom," Mr. Obama said during an interview with Cedar Rapids, Iowa affiliate KCRG. “Anybody who would argue otherwise, I think, probably needs to rethink their statement."

Rosen made the statement during an interview last night on Anderson Cooper 360. She later apologized, but not before twisting the knife with a Tweet to Ann.

She wrote: "@AnnDRomneyPlease know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn't say you are his expert on women and the economy. #HeNeedsMore"

Wow. I'm no Republican, but I would think that with the amount of time Ann Romney has spent talking and listening to women both as First Lady of Massachussetts and on the campaign trail with her husband, she knows quite a bit about women and the economy.

Many Democrats have since agreed that Rosen's remarks were out of line and both the White House and the Obama campaign are distancing themselves from her comments. Meanwhile, President Obama went on to say this about the matter:

“I don’t have a lot of patience for commentary about the spouses of political candidates. My general view is those of us who are in the public life, we’re fair game. Our families are civilians."

“I haven’t met Mrs. Romney, but she seems like a very nice woman who is supportive of her family and supportive of her husband," he went on to say. "I don’t know if she necessarily volunteered for this job so, you know, we don’t need to be directing comments at them."

His remarks come on the heels of a tweet from Michelle Obama, which said, "Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected."

I have to say, I agree.

Check out the video of Rosen's initial remarks here:

What do you think of the Obamas' response to Hilary Rosen's remarks?


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nicko... nickolleen

Texasmama, please do not jump on the bandwagon and lump all people of one political party together. I'm sure you are intelligent enough to understand that all people are capable of having independent thoughts that may or may not gel with others in their party. Obama denounced the comment, what more do you want? What does Katie Couric have to do with this? Do yourself a favor and be an objective thinker. You'll learn a lot.

Desti... DestinyHLewis

Always appreciate Linsday for her well written posts. We all know I am no fan of Obama, but before he even released a statement I knew he would in no way back that statement. BRAVO to both of them!! and Lindsay, you said exactly what I said on a previous article.  It IS down right ridiculous to say that a woman can't be an advocate for others because her circumstances are different. I don't care which side of the coin you are on.

chigi... chigirl1228

Guest-how exactly do you know that Obama sent her to say that? That's a stretch.

nonmember avatar Guest

chigirl1228, Well, you tell me, who is responsible for obama's campaign? Oh wait, silly me, it must be Bush's fault...

texas... texasmamma777

Chigirl: "Nobody is throwing her (Rosen) under the bus"  LOL, Chigirl!  Not only are they doing that, but get a load of this:

Back up the bus!  After bouncing Hilary Rosen beneath the Greyhound, President Obama and friends might have to throw it in reverse again over the person of key Democrat coalitioin member Terry O'Neill.  The NOW president suggested to Ed Schultz that Ann Romney, along with Mitt, lacks "life experience" and "imagination" needed to understand most Americans. 

For good measure, Democrat congressman Maxine Waters called the Republican candidate for president Mitt "Rot-ney".  Classy bunch!

chigi... chigirl1228

Mutt and Ann Romney "life experience" is out of touch with most Americans. I don't know about you but I don't have thousands of dollars to throw at cadillacs or horses. I would say Obama's statement is accurate. And Guest, nobody is talking about Bush. Or blaming him. Leave your conspiracy theories to yourself please. Obama probably did send her to speak about the Romney's being out of touch with average Americans. She chose her words poorly. Anybody who thinks Romney can relate to the average American is deluded.

chigi... chigirl1228

Ah shot Mitt*. New phone and haven't turned off auto correct. Not intended to be an insult.

nonmember avatar Guest

So, a successful businessman is "out of touch", but a "community organizer" (Al Sharpton wanna-be) is?

nonmember avatar Guest

chigirl1228, "nobody is talking about Bush. Or blaming him". ROTFLMAO!!!!! Where the heck have you been for the past four years?

texas... texasmamma777

nickolleen: "Obama denounced the comment, what more do you want?"  A lot more than what he is giving Americans and showing the world.

For starters, some honesty would be refreshing. 

Maintaining a "Presidential distance" from law enforcement matters that have not been fully investigated (Henry Louis Gates & Cambridge Police;  Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman, for instance) and keeping his mouth shut until the facts are known, and restraining himself from uttering rhetoric that is pure race-baiting and inciting class warfare would also be awesome.

In other words, acting with more dignity in keeping with the office he holds and exhibiting that he has the wisdom to hold his tongue instead of jumping, willy-nilly, into volatile, unsettled situations is unbecoming, unprofessional, and un-presidential.  And embarrassing.

They're also pipe dreams.

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