CafeMom Covers President Obama's Speech on Women's Issues

President Obama

Just a few days before the official launch of his reelection campaign, President Obama gave a speech centering around issues that matter most to women and moms yesterday-- and CafeMom was there to cover it.

"Women are not a special interest group," he told a rapt group of several hundred women at the National Issues Conference, hosted by the Democratic National Committee. He went on to say that women comprise 80% of his own household (his mother-in-law moved in to the White House along with the Obamas) and said that both in his personal and public life, "I've got a vested interest in making sure women do well."

See how Mr. Obama is backing up that claim after the jump.

Mr. Obama peppered his remarks with personal anecdotes about his family, including his own mother, who was a single mom and for a time used food stamps to feed her family. He also talked about how tough the work/home balance has been for his wife, Michelle, and spoke about how his daughters have inspired him in his role as President.

As a father, the highlight of my day is asking my daughters about theirs.  Their hopes and their futures are what drive me every day I step into the Oval Office.  Every decision I make is all about making sure they and all our daughters and all our sons grow up in a country that gives them the chance to be anything they set their minds to; a country where more doors are open to them than were ever open to us.

He went on to highlight his achievements in education reform, health care reform, and ensuring that women earn the same as men, by signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. "As long as I’m president, we are going to keep moving forward," he said. "You can count on that. You don’t have to take my word on it – you’ve got my signature on it."

Mr. Obama also warned that Republicans are working to undo the advances made in women's issues over the last several decades:

And now we've got governors and legislatures across the river in Virginia, up the road in Pennsylvania and all across the country saying that women can’t be trusted to make your own decisions.  They’re pushing and passing bills forcing women to get ultrasounds, even if they don’t want one.  And if you don’t like it, the governor of Pennsylvania said you can “close your eyes.” When it comes to what's going on out there, you're not going to close your eyes. Women across America aren't closing their eyes. As long as I'm President, I won't either.

Women's matters should remain in the spotlight as we head toward November. A recent Quinnipiac poll shows Obama is leading Mitt Romney among women, 49 percent to 39 percent. Expect Romney to continue trying to bridge that gap in the coming months.

In the meantime, what do you think about Mr. Obama's remarks? Is he the best advocate for women?

 

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Regis Quando

"In the meantime, what do you think about Mr. Obama's remarks? Is he the best advocate for women?"



Ofand the two running, Obama is the ONLY legitimate advocate for women.  Even if you ignore Romney's church's stance on single mothers and domestic abuse, you're left with his waffling and nebulous positions on Lilly Ledbetter and contraception.

Regis Quando

Oops.  Nix the extra "and" in my first sentence.

texas... texasmamma777

Democrats are waging the real "War on Women". Rampant misogyny in the White House, coupled with female unemployment jumping from 7% to 8.3% under Obama & ever-rising costs of utilities, groceries, gasoline, etc.

Regis Quando

" Rampant misogyny in the White House"


Do you have any evidence of this, because that sounds vague are rather unsubstantiated.

jkm89 jkm89

Uhh, what do rising costs of utilities, groceries, and gasoline have to do with this so called democratic war on women?

Torra... TorranceMom

Practice what you preach, Barry. According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).

texas... texasmamma777

Fact:  women earn less than men in the obama administration.  


Also:  White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said this: "Obama White House fits "all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women"".  & Economic Adviser Christina Roehmer said she: "felt like a piece of meat,” after being excluded from a meeting with the president attended by fellow economic advisor and Harvard University professor Larry Summers.  DeeDee Myers, Bill Clinton's Press Secretary said that the obama Administration didn't "seem to have enough  . . . [women] inside of their own inner circle."  In addition,  several senior female aides complained directly to the president that men enjoyed greater access to him and often muscled them out of key policy discussions. #DemsWarOnWomen

texas... texasmamma777

jkm89: "Uhh, what do rising costs of utilities, groceries, and gasoline have to do with this so called democratic war on women?"


Uhh, do you run a household? Surely you're a member of one?  Are you in charge of the household budget, or otherwise take part in the budgeting process and/or budget decisions?


Obama's the one that said his policies would "necessarily cause our fuel costs to skyrocket".  His Energy Secretary Stephen Chu said the Administration needed to find a way to "boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe".  Joe Biden said people asked if we have to spend money to keep from going bankrupt, then said "The answer is yes, that's what I'm telling you."


jkm, perhaps you live a place (or maybe you're a "one-percenter" so money doesn't matter?)  where Democrat policies are not adversely affecting you.   Millions of other Americans will testify that their lives are being affected every day, and not in a good way.  They're pinching pennies, driving less, canceling vacations, doing with less, putting off purchases & college, etc.  This is certainly true of my friends, family, neighbors.


#DemsWarOnWomen

Lora Heulitt

@ texas mama, I would expect nothing less than Fox talking points from a person that lives in a state that has elected that idiot perry for three terms. there was a reason his politics were laughed off the national stage.

texas... texasmamma777

Lora Heulitt: "@ texas mama, I would expect nothing less than Fox talking points from a person that lives in a state that has elected that idiot perry for three terms. there was a reason his politics were laughed off the national stage"


Well, I must be clairovoyant, Lora, since I don't watch anything but cooking shows on t.v. -- LOL!


Are you able to deny or otherwise rebut any of the quotes I provided above?  They were all spoken by current or former members of Democrat Administrations.


As you point out, Republican Rick Perry has never worked in the White House, so how is he relevant to this discussion?  Or are you just trying to attack me, personally? 


[If so, don't worry -- I'm used to this tactic;  it's frequently employed by Leftists/Obama supporters because they normally don't have facts to back up their assertions/positions and they can't point to Obama's miserable record.  So you guys launch personal attacks, erect smoke-screens, and try to change the subject or otherwise deflect from the issue at hand.  Your post is an Alinsky-perfect illustration of this -- congrats!]

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