Jonathan Capehart: Obama Is Not A Sexist Because I Say So

According to Capehart, the president wasn’t out of line when he called attorney general Kamala Harris “by far, the best looking attorney general” because Obama and Harris are friends:

What’s also true is that Obama and Harris are longtime friends. She was a featured speaker at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte. And Harris was a guest at the state dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron. (Full disclosure: We were at the same table that night.)

And. . .

If I thought for one moment that’s what was going on, you better believe I’d hammer him for it. But that’s not the case here. Far from it. So lighten up, people.

Yeah, lighten up, people! Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine, however, hasn’t lightened up and goes as far as calling the president’s statement “disgraceful.”

For those who don’t see the problem here, the degree to which women are judged by their appearance remains an important hurdle to gender equality in the workforce. Women have a hard time being judged purely on their merits. Discussing their appearance in the context of evaluating their job performance makes it worse.

It’s not a compliment. And for a president who has become a cultural model for many of his supporters in so many other ways, the example he’s setting here is disgraceful.

Capehart has become quite the defender of Obama of late. Here he is writing about the president and his attempt to enact tougher gun laws:

On guns, Obama is doing all he can. Are you?

Doing all he can? Even Bush 41 banned the import of certain guns through an executive order, something the president chose not to do. In fact, not one of the president’s 23 proposals to reduce gun violence were an actual “executive order.” 

But here is what I think is Capehart’s funniest line defending the president:

And that doesn’t even include Obama’s forceful speech from the East Room last Thursday.

Really? A “forceful speech” is what gun-control advocates are banking on? Good luck with that.


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