This weekend, I was surprised to find an opinion piece in the New York Times by former CNN and NBC news anchor Campbell Brown with the headline, Obama: Stop Condescending to Women. Brown weighs in on the President’s attempt to court women voters, starting with his recent commencement address at Barnard College. Brown argues that the President is missing the mark:
But the promise of his campaign four years ago has given way to something else — a failure to connect with tens of millions of Americans, many of them women, who feel economic opportunity is gone and are losing hope. In an effort to win them back, Mr. Obama is trying too hard. He’s employing a tone that can come across as grating and even condescending. He really ought to drop it. Most women don’t want to be patted on the head or treated as wards of the state. They simply want to be given a chance to succeed based on their talent and skills. To borrow a phrase from our president’s favorite president, Abraham Lincoln, they want “an open field and a fair chance.”
For our graduating seniors, what do you think of Campbell Brown’s piece and the President’s Barnard College commencement speech?