President Obama: The Nation's First Female President?

A not-so-funny thing happened on the way to the forum.


Remember when people were making jokes about Bill Clinton being the nation's first black president because of his most deplorable acts -- womanizing, lying under oath, being raked over the coals for reasons some thought were irrelevant to his presidency? Comedians, Toni Morrison and black intellectuals felt quite free to utter those words. Now a columnist has taken aim at President Obama, invoking that joke, and likening him to a woman. The Washington Post's Kathleen Parker says, "If Bill Clinton was our first black president, as Toni Morrison once proclaimed, then Barack Obama may be our first woman president." Why? Because he seems to be "suffering a rhetorical-testosterone deficit when it comes to dealing with crises, with which he has been richly endowed." See what happens when you attribute the most base, stereotypical attributes to someone even in jest? Now it's a black, male president. Is it still funny?

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