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Obama not alone

Maybe we should cut President Barack Obama some slack on what some call sexist language. At an April 4 California fundraiser, Obama called Kamala Harris “the best-looking attorney general in the country.” Aside from being wrong (he must not have seen Florida’s Pam Bondi lately), the president has six female Cabinet members (the ones in the line of presidential succession), tying George W. Bush’s record and, like Bush, has had no hint of sexual impropriety in his political career.

Still, it might be instructive to recall what happened to President Gerald Ford in 1974. After a state dinner featuring a visit by Mexican American singer Vikki Carr, Vikki invited the president to her Los Angeles home for dinner. Asked what favorite Mexican dish he liked, he blurted out, “I like you!”

Overhearing the conversation, Betty Ford swore Carr would never again be invited to the White House. We’ll see if the first lady ever extends an invite to Kamala Harris.

Simon Roloff



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