2008 Why Sexism Also Hurts Obama
posted by April 1 at 11:12 AMon
Because nothing’s worse than being called a girl.
Exhibit A; Chris Matthews talks to Howard Fineman:
Matthews: You know, Michelle—and this gets very ethnic, but the fact that he’s good at basketball doesn’t surprise anybody, but the fact that he’s that terrible at bowling does make you wonder—
Fineman: That doesn’t surprise anybody either.
Bernard: Well, it certainly doesn’t surprise anybody black, I can tell you that.
Matthews: [Watching video.] This is a killer. Look at this killer. Because it isn’t the most macho form there, I must say, but who knows?
Exhibit B; Joe Scarborough talks to Mike Brzezinski and Willie Geist:
SCARBOROUGH: You know, Willie, the thing is, Americans want their president, if it’s a man, to be a real man. They — 1984, I remember Ronald Reagan goes to South Boston. He holds up that beer mug —
SCARBOROUGH: — in that South Boston pub, and everybody’s like, “He’s a real man,” and I guess Barack Obama’s trying to do the same thing, too.
GEIST: He’s going to have to try a little harder than he did in Altoona, Pennsylvania, on Saturday night —
SCARBOROUGH: Oh my God —
SCARBOROUGH: Oh, this is awful.
GEIST: — at the Pleasant Valley Rec Center. He went bowling, and let’s just take a quick look at it here. I guess I’ll just give you the final numbers. Started out nicely, got the Velcro shoes.
BRZEZINSKI: Looking good, looking good.
GEIST: But then he started bowling. The score you’re really after in bowling is 300; that’s a perfect score.
SCARBOROUGH: But, you know, if you get 200, you’re a good bowler.
GEIST: Sure. You know what?
BRZEZINSKI: Yeah. Two-fifty —
SCARBOROUGH: You get 150, you’re a man —
SCARBOROUGH: — or a good woman.[…]
[video clip of Obama bowling]
SCARBOROUGH: Oh, that’s so dainty. Ugh.
FORD: He probably shouldn’t do that again, but I tell you, it showed a human side to him. I mean, it showed a very humble side to him.
SCARBOROUGH: Well, yeah, yeah, yeah.
BRZEZINSKI: He is a politician.
SCARBOROUGH: A very human side? A prissy side.
(Also, Maureen Dowd? Maybe calling Obama “exotic” with a “braided” ancestry wasn’t the best choice of words, mmm?)