President Obama Slams Stay-At-Home Moms in Embarrassing Speech Gaffe

Barack ObamaPresident Obama stepped in it again. Last week he gave a speech in Rhode Island about how women need state-funded preschool in our ongoing quest for workplace equality and equal pay for equal work. You know, because the government has done such a good job managing our school system, which somehow manages to be both over-funded and understaffed. Go figure.

Anyway, in the middle of this enlightening speech on how women supposedly need more "free" stuff in the name of fairness, he dropped a little gem about how he doesn't want women to have the choice to stay home with their children.

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Head? Meet desk.

Anyway, before I get raked over the coals for taking things out of context, let's take a look at the actual words that came out of his mouth.

Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of her life as a result. And that’s not a choice we want Americans to make.

Here's a video clip, just in case you want to hear the leader of the free world himself tell women he doesn't want them to make the choice to leave the workforce.

Le sigh. Of course one could argue that the prez simply misspoke, that what he intended to say was, "That's not a choice we want Americans to be forced to make."

But that defies common sense. On average, women make less money than men. That's because, on average, women trade a higher paycheck for perks like shorter hours and more flexibility in order to spend more time nurturing their families. Some women (gasp!) even trade their entire paychecks and opt to be full time stay-at-home moms.

I think SAHMs are awesome. Heck, I used to be one. It's sort of noble to quit climbing the corporate ladder to focus on the family, and no doubt their families will benefit from that in many ways.

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You know what else is noble? Staying in a career even if you do have kids. I grew up with a working mom, and now I am one myself. My family benefits greatly from my full-time income, not to mention my kids are learning a lot about compromise, time management, and self-sufficiency.

It sounds like President Obama wants women to have their cake and eat it too. Let's face it -- people are forced to make life-changing decisions when babies come into the picture, since, you know, they're not puppies you can leave home alone while you go to work.

Some people decide to leave their jobs instead of putting their babies in childcare or hiring a nanny. Those people make the decision to give up their paycheck. Why is that a bad thing? They must feel it's worth it for them -- or they wouldn't do it. Why does President Obama think this is a bad decision, or one women shouldn't make, or shouldn't have to make, or whatever convoluted thing he said was?

Of course moms who stay home with their kids are going to make less money. Why wouldn't they? But it's a good thing wealth is measured in so much more than bank account balances, and SAHMs contribute a heck of a lot to their families and communities. In fact, some people may even consider them a gift.

Do you think it's unfair that parents have to make sacrifices for their children, or is it just a natural part of life?

 

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