Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Obama Silent - Again

Nothing from Camp PEBO on the frat boy antics of Jon Favreau. The story has been picked up by CNN, the LA Times, and a few other outlets, but is being peddled as "Favreau learns the perils of Facebook", as if this was a picture of him with a straw up his nose or a lampshade on his head! No, it was a photo of him with his hand on the breast of a sitting U.S. Senator and incoming Secretary of State!

Seems ol' Favreau has been sprayed with the Obama pheromone, so that such disrespectful behavior is being laughed off as a joke, rather than being seen for the disturbing message it carries.

According to Andrew Breithart of the "Washington Post":

"If the photo had exposed a Republican offender, there'd already be a full-bore media scandal and cascading resignations. MSNBC would be rearranging its schedules for a wall-to-wall 24/7 bonanza....The aggressive iconography of two young drunk men taking advantage of a life-size cutout of a woman - especially a powerful one - would bring an elite college campus to a standstill, force a housecleaning of a Fortune 500 company, ground the Air Force Academy and would, in most cases, ruin the career of a Republican staffer or elected official."

Many women have contacted Valerie Jarrett, co-chair of the Obama transition team, as well as contacting the transition office through the www.change.gov website, to insist that Obama take a stand on this outrage. But, as during the campaign when Hillary was being battered by the woman haters - silence.

But then, the president elect is also the man who made the infamous "lipstick on a pig" comment about Sarah Palin, the man who called a woman reporter Sweetie, and dismissed that lack of respect as "oh I call all women sweetie", like that made it right.

Given his own boorish behavior, it is no doubt too much to expect he would suddenly stand up and insist that those who work for him treat ALL WOMEN with respect.

NOW, writhing in its own death spasm since abandoning women and backing men in the presidential election had "no comment". They are so irrelevant any more that this cluelessness is not even surprising.

Fortunatly for women, heir apparent The New Agenda, a nonpartisan group for women's rights, did speak out: "These antics ought to be summarily condemned by President-elect Obama. He ought to fire Jon Favreau. If he does not fire Favreau, he risks fostering the perception that he condones Favreau's disrespect toward Senator Clinton. He also risks encouraging this sort of behavior in other young men toward women who are not merely cardboard cutouts."

1 comment:

FreeMeNow said...

Unfortunately the very next day after a tongue lashing from Carvel - TNA backed down and then got a tongue lasheing from me.
FreeMeNow on December 9th, 2008 6:17 pm
Please do not show us more of the same old agenda. When I saw that picture I saw an allusion to a gang rape. Did Carvell scare you? did the administtion or transition team call/ Be not afraid!

This was wrong - very very wrong. I do not give a damned fig about rehabilitating this clown or his cohorts - I give a damned about sending a loud clear message that this is not a joking matter, we are not going to tolerate this.

Either we are going to stick to our guns or we are not - if you are going to back down - we might as well have stayed with NOW - what we need is a new agenda that does not back down that will stand up no matter what.

You can not make this statement taken right from your own site one day :

“These antics ought to be summarily condemned by president-elect Obama. He ought to fire Jon Favreau. If he does not fire Favreau, he risks fostering the perception that he condones Favreau’s disrespect toward Sen. Clinton. He also risks encouraging this sort of behavior in other young men toward women who are not merely cardboard cutouts.

Drinking and sexual assault are a pernicious and persistent problem on college campuses.

Amy Siskind, co-founder of The New Agenda, responds, “Favreau’s mix of alcohol and groping are hardly a laughing matter. It is a national catastrophe that 32% of our college women are victims of domestic violence. Every mother and father should be appalled by Favreau’s actions which would seem to be encouraging degradation and sexualization of women.”

Of course, it’s common practice to try to diminish the status of powerful women by invoking their sexuality in a demeaning manner, but is this what we should expect will occur in Whitehouse staff meetings?”

AND THEN come off with this stuff the next without looking like you are folding under either from Carvell’s ridiculous rants or some backroon deal or threat If you expect to be taken seriously.

What’s the story Amy? Free-US -Now we thought this was the new agenda and a lot of women were counting on this being the group we could make real advocates for women.

Yesterday’s statement was the new agenda - todays’ was the same old crap!

BettyJean Kling.