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Obama is (OMG) human

Anyone who reads this blog, or my weekly column, knows that I am not a huge fan of our current president. I disagree with him on everything from universal health care to same sex marriage to abortion rights to his choice of football teams. However.... I feel the need to come to his defense on this one particular aspect of political correctness run amok (which I suppose is repetitive.) Recently, President Obama made the following remark about his old friend Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California: You have to be careful to, first of all, say she is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and she is exactly what you'd want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake. She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country." I would quibble with his claims that she is the best-looking AG, since I think our own Kathleen Kane is equally fair of face. But I do think that it's ridiculous for the ladies to start complaining about sexism and demanding 'gender sensitivity training' (what is that...being forced to undergo a mani-pedi while simultaneously being forced to listen the audio version of Sheryl Sandburg's book "Lean In" read by Lilly Ledbetter?) Whenever women have this reflexive reaction to a perceived slight, I have to laugh. True gender equality comes from having self-respect, not demanding that others toe a narrow and socially-engineered line of etiquette. It is also important to note that 'equality' is not 'identicality.' And I'm betting I'm not the only one pleased to see our president appreciating the good things in life.

Obama is (OMG) human

 FILE -- in this Feb. 16, 2012 file photo President Barack Obama walks with California Attorney General Kamala Harris after arriving at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. Obama praised Harris for more than her smarts and toughness at a Democratic Party event Thursday, April 4, 2013. The president also commended Harris for being "the best-looking attorney general" during a Democratic fundraising lunch in the Silicon Valley. (AP Photo / Eric Risberg, File)
FILE -- in this Feb. 16, 2012 file photo President Barack Obama walks with California Attorney General Kamala Harris after arriving at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. Obama praised Harris for more than her smarts and toughness at a Democratic Party event Thursday, April 4, 2013. The president also commended Harris for being "the best-looking attorney general" during a Democratic fundraising lunch in the Silicon Valley. (AP Photo / Eric Risberg, File)

Anyone who reads this blog, or my weekly column, knows that I am not a huge fan of our current president. I disagree with him on everything from universal health care to same sex marriage to abortion rights to his choice of football teams. However.... I feel the need to come to his defense on this one particular aspect of political correctness run amok (which I suppose is repetitive.) Recently, President Obama made the following remark about his old friend Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California: You have to be careful to, first of all, say she is brilliant and she is dedicated and she is tough, and she is exactly what you'd want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake. She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country." I would quibble with his claims that she is the best-looking AG, since I think our own Kathleen Kane is equally fair of face. But I do think that it's ridiculous for the ladies to start complaining about sexism and demanding 'gender sensitivity training' (what is that...being forced to undergo a mani-pedi while simultaneously being forced to listen the audio version of Sheryl Sandburg's book "Lean In" read by Lilly Ledbetter?) Whenever women have this reflexive reaction to a perceived slight, I have to laugh. True gender equality comes from having self-respect, not demanding that others toe a narrow and socially-engineered line of etiquette. It is also important to note that 'equality' is not 'identicality.' And I'm betting I'm not the only one pleased to see our president appreciating the good things in life.

Christine M. Flowers Daily News Columnist
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