Obamateurism of the Day

When a candidate wants to hammer a message, he takes every opportunity he can to do so, and let nothing stand in his way.  Barack Obama, however, takes it to a whole new level.  Deciding in February that he needed to keep hammering on the supposed Republican “war on women” after pushing his HHS contraception/sterilization/abortifacient mandate onto employers and schools, Obama requested the commencement-speaker slot at all-female Barnard College this past Monday:

After the presidential campaign has been focusing on female reproductive rights and other women’s issues, President Barack Obama is coming to the city Monday to deliver the commencement address at all-female Barnard College and attend two high-profile fundraisers.

Arriving in the city late Monday morning, the president is slated to deliver the commencement address before 600 Barnard graduates at 1 p.m.

NY1 will carry the president’s commencement address live from Barnard College, starting at about 1 p.m. Monday.

Obama called Barnard President Debora Spar on February 29 and requested to speak at the commencement.

Good move, right?  After all, nothing says which side of the war on women like, er … kicking a prominent woman out of the same speaking slot:

The original scheduled speaker, New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, agreed to step aside to allow the president to headline the event.

Respect! Good thing that Obama replaced Ms. Abramson, because otherwise the graduates at Barnard might never have gotten a woman’s perspective on the world.

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David Strom 8:01 AM on March 27, 2023