A new firestorm has erupted in the debate of the role of women. When a women chooses to raise a family full time, is it still considered work? Does a woman loose her voice in the public arena if she does not have a career working fifty plus hours a week? It seems that a woman that has decided to dedicate her strength and youth to educating and guiding the children she has been trusted to raise is unworthy of respect among democrats and liberals who frown on such choices.
Democratic strategist and DNC adviser Hilary Rosen lobbed an insult at Ann Romney, suggesting that the 64-year-old mother of five and grandmother of 16 had never held a job.
“Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” said Rosen, who was being interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the “war on women.”
“She should have come to my house when those five boys were causing so much trouble,” Mrs. Romney said, laughing. “It wasn’t so easy.”
“My career choice was to be a mother,” she said of a job she dubbed an “awesome responsibility.” “And I think all of us need to know that we need to respect choices that women make. Other women make other choices to have a career and raise family, which I think Hilary Rosen has actually done herself. I respect that, that’s wonderful. But you know, there are other people that have a choice, we have to respect women in all those choices that they make.”
Mrs. Romney, who has multiple sclerosis and survived breast cancer, acknowledged that while she may not have struggled financially as much as others have, she has faced hardships.
“I can tell you and promise you that I’ve had struggles in my life. And I would love to have people understand that Mitt and I have compassion for people that are struggling,” she said. “That’s why we’re running.”
Several high-profile Democrats condemned Rosen’s remarks and even First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted, “Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected.”
In typical political double speak to avoid being entangled in the truth of the issue, Mr. and Mrs. Obama want to have their cake and eat it too. Speaking Friday at what the administration called “The White House Forum on Women and the Economy,” President Barack Obama said that after his two daughters were born, he and his wife—both Harvard Law School graduates—could not afford the “luxury” of having her stay home with the children.
In 2005, when Obama began serving in the U.S. Senate (and his daughters turned 4 and 7), he and his wife were earning a combined annual income of $479,062. Barack Obama was paid a salary of $162,100 by the U.S. taxpayers, and Michelle Obama was paid $316,962 to handle community affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Other reactions from the left include; “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a tweet. Top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod also tweeted his disapproval: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”
While democrats and the Obama administration are distancing themselves from Ms. Rosen such comments she has been a frequent White House guest. White House visitor logs indicate that “Hilary Rosen” visited the White House 35 times.
Gen. David Petraeus, head of our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the current CIA director, nine times.
Further perspective: Energy Secretary Stephen/Steve Chu visited 16 times. (Guests are listed by name, not by title, so it is theoretically possible these totals count a separate person with the same name. In the case of Chu, I’m presuming he is the one listing of “Steve Chu” as well as the 15 “Stephen Chu” listings.)
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has visited 19 times.
Former CIA director and current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, 12 times.
Perhaps most surprisingly, the name “Joseph R. Biden” appears . . . 6 times.
So while prominent democrats and administration official are publicly throwing Hilary Rosen under the bus, they are more offended by the idea of women who sacrifice to invest their lives in their children over a career. Do democrats and President Obama oppose women in such roles? Their actions speak louder than their words.