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Obama Says No to Barbara Walters’ ‘Girly Dog’ (or why I still want a woman to be President)

I am happy that Obama will be our next president for a number of reasons. Really, I am. His recent interview with Barbara Walters actually did a good job of reminding me why I am confident in Obama’s ability to handle the challenges facing the US. For once, I got to see Obama without the horns trumpeting in the background announcing the first, honest-to-goodness, real-life, responsible Black man. Not only does he love his wife but he loves his kids too! And, he has a job! Seriously, who’s not tired of this narrative (please don’t answer that…I know half of America is not tired of this narrative).

Still, as much as I liked the interview, I have to say that I was not at all amused by Obama’s casual display of a kinder, gentler sexism near the end. He talks about not wanting a ‘girly dog’ that ‘yaps’ and ‘sits in your lap.’ Now, I don’t tend to like those types of dogs either but Obama has got to know that dismissing something as girly is just, well, a bit sexist. I can tell that he thinks it’s cute and I’m sure others will swoon over his display of manliness but the whole thing just served to remind me why I still want to see a woman in the White House. And no, Sarah Palin doesn’t count.

Check out the girly dog comment here:

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Behar Calls Out McCain’s Lies on The View

Remember when feminism meant talking truth to power?

Joy Behar, the resident comedian and proud feminist on the View, shows us what feminism looks like when she looks Presidential Candidate John McCain in the eye and asks him how he can approve campaign commercials that are based on lies.

Barbara Walters also reminds McCain that he has used the “lipstick on a pig” cliche before.

Did you notice that McCain seemed angered by these tough questions from the ladies of the View? I wonder what words were running through his head as he thought up a defense for himself.

Maybe Behar and Walters should moderate one of the upcoming debates?

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