Kirsten Powers pens column on President Obama’s defense of Susan Rice (click to read)

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President Obama’s silly, sexist defense of Susan Rice

By Kirsten Powers

Don’t pick on the little lady.

Wednesday, President Obama bizarrely cast the U.N. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, as some delicate flower the boys should stop picking on for her dissembling claims on five Sunday talk shows following the killing of 4 Americans in Benghazi.  But, there is no damsel in distress and Obama’s paternalistic bravado in defense of a top administration official is going to come back to haunt him.

“If Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me,” Obama intoned to the stenographers worshipping at his feet. The media had gathered for a rare “press conference” where Fox News’ Ed Henry and ABC’s Jake Tapper where the two are once again the only ones who ever seem to ask a question that elicits anything other than filibustering presidential pabulum.  (One “journalist” actuallycongratulated the president on his win and gushed about how she has never seen him lose an election.)  Group hug!

Obviously caught up in his own silly yarn about meanie Senators and helpless U.N. Ambassadors, the President complained, “When they go after the U.N. ambassador apparently because they think she’s an easy target, then they’ve got a problem with me.”

Imagine George Bush saying that people criticized John Bolton because he was an “easy target.” He wouldn’t.  It’s absurd and chauvinistic for Obama to talk about the woman he thinks should be Secretary of State of the United States as if she needs the big strong man to come to her defense because a couple of Senators are criticizing her.

Believe it or not, Rice isn’t the first potential Cabinet nominee to be opposed by members of Congress up on the Hill.  Obama also left out the inconvenient detail that there is another senator who has Rice in the crosshairs:  Sen. Kelly Ayotte.  But perhaps a female Senator holding Rice accountable didn’t sound menacing enough in the era of the “War on Women.”

But it gets much worse.

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