In a Washington Post column “Obama: Our First Female President,” writer Kathleen Parker attempts to offer a crafty case on why being a sensible and level-headed leader makes President Obama effeminate.
Parker’s prefaces her case claiming if Toni Morrison can call Bill Clinton our first Black president, then no one should take issue with her calling Obama our first woman president.
But Morrison’s now infamous line in the New Yorker didn’t emasculate Clinton. Arguably Clinton’s “Black card” was his salvation.
Parker fascinating, and I would suggest an awkward post-feminist approach on Obama’s rhertorical style and BP responsiveness is further proof Obama might be the “New Black Man” or more likely, Parker lacks the prototypical “I have plenty Black friends” safety net.
“I’m not calling Obama a girlie president. But…he may be suffering a rhetorical testosterone deficit when it comes to dealing with crises, with which he has been richly endowed.”
Obama critics try so hard to slam him for his lack of hole plugging speed that they are taking any measure to discredit him. Even by going as far as to construct formulations of the President’s vocal passiveness.
Parker claims there are cultural expectations aligned with male leadership that can “reassure” a nation. The writer goes on to suggest Obama’s feminine rhetorical style slows his effectiveness. “Obama may prove to be our first male president who pays a political price for acting too much like a woman.”
And we thought the world was ready.