I suppose I shouldn’t interrupt the civil war which has erupted in the Democratic Party between President Obama and Senate Democrats over TPP. Much of Obama’s energies have been directed at Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. But then Warren’s colleague Sherrod Brown of Ohio entered the fray and accused Obama of sexism against Warren because the President addressed Warren by her first name.
Josh Earnest, bearing more resemblance to a caporegime for the Corleone family than the White House Press Secretary, declared, “He’ll find a way to apologize.”
Apology or no apology, Brown’s critique comes on the heels of complaints by the left-wing intelligentsia which was advancing the argument that calling Hillary Clinton by her first name was an act of sexism. Never mind the “Ready for Hillary ’16” website.
Meanwhile, over at NRO, Michael R. Strain has this suggestion for Obama. “Stop referring to people by their first names,” Strain writes, “Especially people of high station, like senators.”
This immediately reminded me of when Barbara Boxer dressed down Brigadier General Michael Walsh in June 2009 while he was testifying before the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee for having the temerity to refer her as “ma’am.” “Do me a favor, can you say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am’?” It’s just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title, so I’d appreciate it. Thank you,” said Boxer, er, Senator Boxer.
When it is all said and done this isn’t a matter of President Obama being sexist nor is it a matter of President Obama addressing people by their first names. The crux of the matter is that President Obama behaves in a condescending manner towards those who dare to differ with him. President Obama has created a world in which he is right about everything at all times and anyone who doesn’t see the world exactly as he does is stupid, evil or both and Obama conveys his derision accordingly, man or woman, first name or last.