POTUS weighs in on Ann Romney flap
April 13th, 2012
08:26 AM ET

POTUS weighs in on Ann Romney flap

President Barack Obama weighed in on the controversy lighting up the blogosphere between a Democratic strategist and Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The president told Columbus, OH television station WCMH that candidates’ wives should be off limits. Obama defended Ann Romney.

“First of all there is no tougher job than being a mom. I've watched Michelle, who for most of her career had to juggle work and family, but there were times when she was on maternity leave and I promise you that's work. So I think this was an ill-advised statement by somebody on television. It's not something that I subscribe to, and moreover my general rule is you don't talk about the spouses of elected officials because they've got a really tough job. They're out there supporting their husband or wife who have chosen to serve in public eye. Sometimes that spouse isn't volunteering for that job, but they're doing the best they can supporting somebody they love and they care about. And i think they're off limits, so on both counts it was the wrong thing to say and I haven't met Ms. Romney but she seems like a wonderful woman and I know that she's devoted her life to her family.”

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen questioned stay at home mom Ann Romney’s qualifications to advise on women’s economic issues. (full story on CNN.com)


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  1. Steveo

    OK, I'll be the first. Excellent words by the president! Rosen was wrong and those of you who supported her words are just as wrong! Don't believe me? Ask the President! WIVES and families should be off limits! That would include : The Obamas, The Romneys and yes even the Palins. If your excuse is they put themselves out there politically, just remember so so did Michelle Obama! Politics is one thing, personal is a different and very sad animal! AND BOTH SIDES DO IT!

    April 13, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • John

      Good post Steveo, but I won't be as nice as you.
      The crazy dems who supported Rosen and bashed Rmoney's wife are the same people who would defend welfare moms like Octomom. Their priorities are as screwed up as it gets. And, although I agree BO usually gives a good speech, this Rosen person was an avid supporter of this administration who has been to the WH at least 30 times to counsele people at the WH. She is (was?) a democrat strategist. Now BO and the WH have thrown her under the bus like she is garbage

      April 13, 2012 at 8:57 am |
      • Steveo

        John,

        I just know this, soon after the hot-aired bravado came an apology! If she (Rosen) was all that confident in her words, an apology would not be necessary! I guess she never though that even some on the left would have taken her to task! Her excuse is; "not personal but politics". I am sorry but when you call someone out and by namne, that is personnel! She embarassed herself as well as some in her own party. I image some of those who supported her yesterday are moon walking today and harder than Michael Jackson ever did!

        April 13, 2012 at 9:15 am |
      • John

        Her apology was half ass.
        In her apology statement Rosen said, "As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen. ". . . I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let's declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance."
        Can you imagine if Rsh had said "Let's declare peace in this phony war"?
        It appears their deflection crap is catching up with them.

        April 13, 2012 at 9:32 am |
      • Steveo

        "Her apology was half ass"
        -------
        No arguement here! Looks like the NOW bunch did their best Houdini imitation, they disappeared! Just like they did when Palin was hammered! You're correct, if someone from the right said that NOW would be screaming and screaming loudly! As far as conservative woman are concerned, NOW is really Not NOW, not ever!

        April 13, 2012 at 9:57 am |
      • Emmy Skaddittle

        its not as if romneys wife really raised her children, their nannies did

        April 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
      • John

        Another moron heard from.

        April 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • unconvinced

      Personally I wish that public figures across the political spectrum would stop apologizing for their comments and simply accept responsibility for what they say regardless of the public reaction. Feigning an apologetic stance when confronted with criticism is the height of cowardice, we all know that they meant what they said the first time, their tearful public hand wringing after the fact is nauseatingly disingenuous. I would also say that I find politician's expectations regarding the public's treatment of their families to be unrealistic to say the least. If they don't want the public and the media to critically examine their families then they should stop parading them around the podium during and after the elections. It is common for politicians on both sides of the aisle to hold up their marriages and their children with the expectation that we will infer something of their character based on what they wish us to see but this works both ways, if they want us to give them credit for their interpersonal relationships then it isn't unreasonable for us to take a closer look before we render judgement. Lastly being a mother gives one no special insight into anything other than being a mother, the fact that one has given birth does not magically convey intelligence on unrelated matters and, frankly speaking, to say it is the hardest job in the world is self congratulatory nonsense.

      April 13, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • arale norimaki

      Women who stay at home to raise their children should be given federal assistance for child care so that they can enter the job market and "have the dignity of work," Mitt Romney said in January,

      April 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  2. Abe

    The Republicans are hypocrites. Just look at Allen West, he called the Democrats Communists. He is the Communist token.

    April 13, 2012 at 9:29 am |
  3. Jules

    The president said what needed to be said. Rosen was wrong – the debate for women's rights was for the right to choose to work or to be a stay at home mom. This whole thing has become the usual muddled mess when everyone jumps on board from one side or the other or both. I raised 4 sons and it was a lot of work. I was a stay at home mom and it was stressful worrying about how to pay all the bills before the money ran out, how to buy enough food to get us through until the next paycheck, worrying about a car breaking down when you couldn't afford to get a new one or even pay the repair bills.

    April 13, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Steveo

      Raising the next generation and doing it right is most definitely hard work.

      April 13, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • jean2009

      Hilary Rosen's exact quote was: "Guess what she has never worked a day in her life." That would translate to "Mrs. Romney never earned a pay check"...which is in all honesty is the truth. I don't think at any point that Hilary Rosen implied that Mrs. Romney never worked at actually raising her children.

      I would say that Mrs. Romney never faced the problems of working outside the home for a wage, and no doubt is clueless about the problems that poses for women who work outside the home so her family can eat or have a roof over their heads...and still made sure that child is cared for and is safe..

      Only fools are making a mountain out of this ant hill.

      April 13, 2012 at 11:22 am |
      • Steveo

        That would translate to "Mrs. Romney never earned a pay check
        ----------
        Whose translation would that be? Where was all this when Kerry ran for President? His wife was/is filthy rich? Funny Rosen said nothing back then. Why would that be? Speaking of Kerry, here's a little tidbit concerning his wife and Laura Bush (from Wikipedia):

        In an interview published in USA Today in July 2004, Heinz was asked about the differences between the First Lady and herself:

        "Well, you know, I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job—I mean, since she's been grown up. So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things."[28]

        Heinz retracted the statement later, saying she was "sincerely sorry" for the remark. "I had forgotten that Mrs. Bush had worked as a schoolteacher and librarian, and there couldn't be a more important job than teaching our children", Heinz said. "As someone who has been both a full time mom and full time in the workforce, I know we all have valuable experiences that shape who we are. I appreciate and honor Mrs. Bush's service to the country as first lady, and am sincerely sorry I had not remembered her important work in the past."[29]

        Looks like some type of trend jean2009! Foot in the mouth statement followed by an apology!

        April 13, 2012 at 11:38 am |
      • John

        "I would say that Mrs. Romney never faced the problems of working outside the home for a wage, and no doubt is clueless about the problems that poses for women who work outside the home" What an amazing ignorant statement.

        Give it up Jean. You are a fool if you think moms do not work and do not understand the environmnet around them. People like you support welfare moms like Octomom, but somehow this mom who raised children at the same time she had killer sicknesses. You appear to be the clueless one. You have no idea the problems she and her family faced in their lifes. I am amazed that you think you know.
        It is an issue because you crazy dems choose to deflect everything. This one just backfired.

        April 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
      • Howard

        What a bunch of B.S. !!! So ... Rosen is a lesbian career woman, who is raising her children with another lesbian, while criticizing Mrs. Romney for devoting ALL her time to raising her FIVE children in a traditional home ??? Too bad we can't fast foward about 10 years, to see how screwed up Rosen's kids are going to turn out !!

        April 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
      • jean2009

        Frankly your ignorant guys...I didn't say Moms don't work, I said exactly what Hilary Rosen implied Ann Romney never earned a paycheck which is as you cannot deny the truth. Otherwise fools prove she earned a paycheck.

        And Steveo FYI anyone who claims to be right-leaning flukes understanding the meaning of the word "independent". In other words fess up you are a GOP right-wing teapotty member.

        April 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
      • jean2009

        **flunks

        April 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
      • Howard

        Hilary Rosen is a lesbian career woman, who is raising her children with another lesbian, while criticizing Mrs. Romney for devoting ALL her time to raising her FIVE children in a traditional home ??? Too bad we can't fast foward about 10 years, to see how screwed up Rosen's kids are going to turn out !!

        April 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Well fool, by your logic then you are in no position to judge a mother who takes care of her family.... you statement about real problems is also just a bunch of bs... you have no idea what problems mother go through what sacrafices are made to ensure that those children have what is needed... single income traditional families have it as hard if not harder...

        April 14, 2012 at 1:54 am |
      • Steveo

        Yo Jean2009,

        If I am tea party, its your concern because???????

        April 14, 2012 at 10:24 am |
      • jerry

        fact is the obama camp took a shot at the wonderful mother Romney and it blew up in their face... and now the commander-in-jokes secret service agents are arranging hookers in Columbia and unprecedented (as this presidency is) event in Americas history. Where is obamas birth certificate...the real one? Who was that mentor of obama who was linked to porn? Oh so many questions..

        April 14, 2012 at 10:55 am |
      • Steveo

        Jean2009,

        perhaps you need to talk with FL Independent! She will tell you she is a left leaning indie! Are you telling me she's wrong? Or is your concern not so much being an indie but rather which way is the lean? I'm asking because you NEVER challenged FL Indie on her being an indie, you just challenged me! You may also want to chat with the millions of those who call themselves indies, they leaned heavily towards Obama in 04. Now all of a sudden they don'y exist either?

        April 14, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Ol' Yeller

      If you'd just had two cadillacs, a yard crew, a pool boy, 2 or 3 maids, an accountant, several housekeepers, a nanny or two, and 100 or so million in the bank then you too could appreciate just how hard it was for Ms. Romney.
      You peasants on the left will just never understand how hard it is to be rich. If you did, matbe you could understand why we need to cut taxes again for them. Who needs t ohelp old people and kids anyway?
      Pinkoes.

      April 13, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  4. Robert E. Lee

    President Obama hasn't worked a day in his life.

    April 13, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • CDUB

      Wow Robert, did you come up with that all by yourself.......................and from such as small mind

      April 13, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • tnwoman

      I thought you were DEAD? I know your BRAIN IS, General!

      April 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  5. rightytighty

    Didn't take Obama long to kick that loyal supporter under the bus for a stupid remark.
    Ironic considering the dems agenda is to paint the reps as raging a War on Women, no?
    A show of true character..., for sure.

    April 13, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • John

      A couple of weeks agon when his illegal uncle was in court I had mentioned that if it came down to deporting his illegal uncle or getting reelected, his uncle would be deported in a second. Somehow his illegal uncle's case was found without a finding and he is still in the country (even though he was drunk driving, with a illegal SS card and license).
      Has any president in history ever been know to have illegal relatives in the US like BO? Although I have to say his formally illegal aunt is now "legal" and living off of us. Isn't that just great.

      April 13, 2012 at 11:17 am |
      • Ol' Yeller

        Uh yeah... and he killed Vince Foster, too.
        Really?

        April 13, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  6. What the hoo?

    SAHM’s – I love you! You do great work. You love your kids so much that you do your job with NO PAY (other than all your expenses are paid by your spouse, your retirement is paid for by your spouse, and your fun money is paid for by your spouse). You are doing the job you love and that no one else wants (other than your own mom or mother in law) because they are your children, no one else's.

    But, let’s not confuse loving your own offspring, like a lioness, with a job or a career or the obligations of a job outside the home. There’s no dress code, no peformance reviews, no consequences for mistakes or failures, and backstabbing coworker trying to take your promotion if you are a SAHM. There is no sexual harassment, discrimination or a glass ceiling for a SAHM. There are no job prerequisites for a SAHM – no education required, no license, no certificate, no degree, no training, no barrier to entry whatsoever. You didn’t even have to interview for the job — you got it because you gave birth — talk about an entitlement.

    You love your kids, you would do anything for them, and how lucky that you get to stay at home and enjoy all the “ah-ha” and “oh-no” moments that other parents miss and sacrifice because they MUST work in the bitter, competitive marketplace. And, as in the case of Ann Romney, she’s never felt the sting of having someone decline her a job, review her work, or say her credentials did not match up or that she was “not the right fit”. No one made a pass at her during a job interview or at a corporate function, no one asked her to miss her son's birthday party because of a deadline, and no one looked at her disapprovingly when she needed "time off" from being a SAHM to tend to her sick child. And that is what makes her unqualified to voice her opinion on what of women face each day in the free market.

    Besides, her “youngest” is 30 years old, and hasn’t need minute-to-minute care for over 14 years! If she would have taken a job outside the home at that point, she would be just 6 years from retirement. But,she doesn’t have to worry about mundane retirement pension issues because she retired from being a SAHM after 27 years and is now just SAHBIC– Stay at Home Because I Can. BTW, did you notice that Mr. Ann Romney did not stop working, and did not retire, and is fact applying for a job that has a whole list of requirements, and is one that he will not get simply because he gave birth like Ann? That's the free market economy at work, and that is something he, but not she, can contribute to based on his experience. Of course, I wouldn't go to Mitt for advice on child rearing either, but I would pay good money to hear from Ann on the lessons she learned as a SAHM.

    April 13, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  7. Ol' Yeller

    Difference between left and right... When a peron from the conservative media attacks women (Ex: rush showing a picture of teenage Chelsea Clinton under the heading of 'the new dog in the White House'). Does any republican leaders condemn him? No way. They cry... but Bill Maher did this, John Stewart did this, wah... wah...
    When an employee of CNN (who does not work for the Obama campaign or the DNC-BTW) says something considered out of line (I personally believe the statement was fairly accurate, I doubt Ms. Romney has washed many dishes, balanced many checkbooks, done much laundry, etc... not like the average SAHM), our President, Vice- President, and many leaders from the left quickly condemn her.
    There is your difference. One side is hypocritic crybabies who love to play the victim at every turn. The other side consists of honest leaders who call them as they see them. They didn't make excuses for this media person... they did what was right (though they are left).
    Please vote in November.

    April 13, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  8. george of the jungle

    why would you ask someone who has never worked about the state of the economy???? Isnt that what she ment by the statement? the repos took it and ran with it but does it reflect real women who don't have nannys and housekeepers and good health coverage. When making a choice between milk and paying for gas to get to work are real issues. Not that Mrs romney is not nice but does she understant that kind of stuff? Yea she had cancer so do a lot of women and Ms too. They don't alway have the money to pay for good health care . Did Mtrs romney have to worry about it? While raising a family is hard its a lot easier with money and we are talking apples and oranges here and asking her about the womans view on the economy does not give me much confidence in ol mitt.

    April 13, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • Steveo

      Do you honestly know what Rosen meant? All we KNOW is what she said! Let's say Romney had nannies and maids and butlers and such. Did she HIRE them? Did she pay them? No one had any conversations with her about their families and concerns? I don't know if those conversations took place and you don't know if they didn't!

      You guys rallied around Kerry in '04, What did he personally know about struggling? What did any of the Kennedy's know? Yet they were fiercely supported by the left! Double standard much?

      April 13, 2012 at 11:53 am |
      • jerry

        and by the way...Kerry could be a cartoon character for that matter...a phony to the bone.

        April 14, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • John

      I am proud of M. Romney for standing back to let his wife handle the situation the way she did. Raising good kids is not easy, with or without money. Now you moron are making a statement that Mrs. Romney is not a real woman? What are you trying to say there??? Somehow you know the worries these people have had in their lives? I know you libs think you know everything, but even you have to think you are making stupid statements.
      I hope you crazy libs keep trying to defend this stupid argument that "moms do not work".

      April 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      So George, are you implying that Ms. Rommney is not a real woman? Or that my wife is not? Your position here is precarious.... I will not stand for talk like that when directed at my wife. Your general comment, and you can say it was not specifically directed at my family (which is bs), is stereotyping of the worst kind.

      April 14, 2012 at 1:51 am |
  9. Carolyn Charette

    In my opinion, Rosen was NOT bashing stay at home MOM's, but merely stating the obvious. How can Anne Romney have any appreciation for the average working mother when she has had the PRIVILEGE OF STAYING HOME TO RAISE HER KIDS AND HAS NEVER HAD TO WORRY ABOUT PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE. Most of the middle class MOMs do not have that luxury. As a widow, I certainly don't and can't believe that Anne Romney has any idea what it's like to have to Work AND raise your children. I am an independent but in this situation, I can clearly see how the Republicans are grasping at straws and ARE spinning this statement made by Rosen into a women's war. THAT WAS NOT THE INTENTION AND Rosen had nothing to apologize for.

    Anyways, there are much more important problems to be debating, like the economy, and health care, and taxes, etc. Let's stop this petty bickering and move on........

    April 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  10. What?

    John, no one is saying that Mrs. Romney is not a real woman. What IS fact, however, is that she has absolutely NO GRASP of the trials and stresses that average working mothers/wives have to edure. Has this woman ever had to choose what bills should be paid this week, or in the next two? Has she ever had to figure out what is on sale at her local supermarket in order for her children to get a balanced meal? Has she ever had to skip a family vacation because it just simply wasn't in the budget?? NO. Millionaire mommy cannot relate to the majority of mothers/wives in this country. And the Romney's are simply milking you stupid sheeple into thinking they give two craps about your troubles.

    April 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • John

      What? Class warfare doesn't work with me. I respect people who work for what they have. Neither you or I know what these people went through in their lives. We do know Mrs. Romney has sicknesses that kill people. We also know she was a stay at home mom who raised 5 sons. This woman deserves to be praised for the way she lives her life. The Romneys have donated more money than Mitt inherited from his dad. How come we never hear about this? All we hear is how Mitt was given everything. Guess what, he donated all he got and he earned what he has. I know dems hate people who actually work for what they have – that is now a proven fact. I am just surprised so many dems try to defend this crap. Instead of praising Mrs. Romney she gets crap from this crazy dem.
      "John, no one is saying that Mrs. Romney is not a real woman" – really, how do you read this post from jungle guy "the repos took it and ran with it but does it reflect real women who don't have nannys and housekeepers" – this is a direct shot. You can choose to ignore it, but there it is.

      April 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
      • tnwoman

        @John

        There are MILLIONS of people in America who are suffering from sicknesses/conditions which can potentially KILL them, but they also probably WORK outside their homes AND have MUCH LESS medical resources to deal with their conditions than Ann Romney. In fact the lady who rang up my gas purchase several days ago was living with STAGE 4 cancer, but she was at that register doing her job because she probably needed the money.

        Please DON'T compare Mrs. Romney's situation with the lady I just mentioned and others like her. God bless Ann Romney, and I hope her worst days are BEHIND her, but she is not even in the same league as the average STRUGGLING American.

        From other interviews she has given, Ann Romney seems to be a decent woman who knows she is blessed, but she is out of touch with the financial situations of most working people, IMO.

        April 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • John

      BTW, sheeple are jealous people like you who talk bad about people who actually work for what they have as they follow the leader blindly.

      April 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Steveo

      And the Romney's are simply milking you stupid sheeple into thinking they give two craps about your troubles.
      -----
      Yet the Obamas, the Reids, the Pelosis, the Kennedys, the Kerrys are ALL rich but you seem to believe they care more?

      So let me get this straight Rich Dems care but rich GOP don't. Did Rangle care? Didn't care enough to not cheat NYC out of rent controlled apartments! Didn't care enough to not have problems paying his taxes. Same with Geithner and his taxes. Yet you seem to think they care any more for you!

      Yet you were more than likely willing to put Kerry and his rich wife into office! Wow! Just Wow!

      The high standard you applied to Ann Romney was not applied to Teresa Kerry and I'm bettin' you voted for her husband n 2004. Does ANYBODY else see the hypocrasy here?

      April 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • jean2009

      Thank you....no one including Hilary Rosen said Ann Romney didn't understand being a mother, and no one implied that being a mother wasn't difficult....the gist of Ms. Rosen's statement was that Ann Romney never earned a paycheck and therefore was lacking in experience of the problems that being a working Mom entails.
      Here we have a bunch of butter-brained male idiots who have never been a Mom employed inside or outside the home. Butter brains who have never been the sole support providing food, roof and essentials; or one staying at home as the care-giver for young children.... trying to make a point which not one of them in a billion years of creation have ever, or will ever, have a clue.

      Maybe Howie, Joey, John and Steveo should only be allowed to comment when they give birth to their first offspring.

      April 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        And a paycheck is so much more important than motherhood? Your statement is an intentional slam at women who chose to be mom... as was Ms. Rosen's. You are a bitter person jean... It shows each and everytime you put your fingers to a keyboard. Your statement that Steveo, john and all have nothing worthy of saying unless they have gone through chikdbirth is utter nonsense. As I am sure you know, then again maybe you don't, that is a physical impossibility.. Only you and others like you will make such rash and irrational statements.... you can say it was for illustration all you want ... but that was not the intent. You are a very sad and frustrated female....

        April 14, 2012 at 1:47 am |
      • Steveo

        Maybe Howie, Joey, John and Steveo should only be allowed to comment when they give birth to their first offspring.
        --------
        'Maybe jean2009 needs to respect the 1st amendment!

        Are you an economist, Jean? if not, no more remarks from you on economic issues. These appear to be YOUR rules now! We fully expect you to abide by them!

        April 14, 2012 at 10:30 am |
      • Steveo

        One more thing jean2009. You are a mother and grandmother. Are you telling me the fathers of your children and grandchildren never had a say in the raising of said children/grandchildren? You seem to want conservative males voices gone. I have noticed you never asked George of the jungle to pipe down. Based upon the name George, I'm fairly confident George is a male and as such never gave birth either! So you don't have a male issue, you have a conservative male issue!

        Guess what? The 1st Amendment still applies to conservative males too! Thank God!

        April 14, 2012 at 10:42 am |
      • jerry

        WTH...in the obama economy there are no good jobs if any so. A fine thing for a democratic party strategist to slam Mrs
        Romney when chances are she couldn't (Ann) find decent job anyway. Fact is we have a president who is proficient only in speech making and dividing Americans along economic and racial lines. obama never held a private sector job in his life save a short stint as a civil rights attorney...not in any way qualified to create a job for anyone or understand the complexities of private sector job growth and economics. We need to elect more qualified people...not these ideaologs who make a career of politics...or we are finished.

        April 14, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • Bill in STL

      Hey What... you make the common assumption that she was always a millionaire mommy... might be a bad one ....

      April 14, 2012 at 1:39 am |
    • EdR

      Your premise falls flat. You are saying that no one can or should possibly have a clue unless they experience the same condition. That's illogical. It's like saying that a counselor cannot counsel with experiencing depression, alcohol/drug abuse, or addictions. A doctor cannot have empathy for a patient with cancer without experiencing cancer personally. A lawyer cannot handle a client accused of a felony without being a felon. The government and academia are full of people who have never worked productively in their lives. Nothing stops them from offering advice on the economy and how to create jobs. Go away and think for a while.

      April 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
      • concernedjoy

        Perfect response! And all through this, no one has mentioned that Ann Romney has said that she has been on the campaign trail for over a year and talks to women and their concerns. She listens to them. And THAT is the message she relayed to her husband.

        April 15, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • A bystander

      How do you know that she has "NO GRASP?" You could be wrong. Also I do not find it helpful or constructive to call people names. Leadersheep and sheepeople abound everywhere.

      April 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  11. Keir Weimer

    Keir Weimer, again, believes it was the right thing for the President and his myrmidons to come out and denounce these reproachable comments by Hilary Rosen. Families have and should continue to be off limits in political contests, but clearly they were not for the tactless and crass Rosen. Hilary Rosen ought to crawl back into her hole of political punditry obscurity, because she won't find her way out of this wilderness for quite some time, if ever.

    -Keir Weimer

    April 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  12. Sponge-Bob

    Rosen was just a trial balloon to see if the strategy would work, it didn't so Obama now denounces it. Watch for more of these scenarios as the campaign goes on.

    April 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • Steveo

      So are you saying this fell apart faster than that NK misisle from yesterday? Is that what your saying Sponge -Bob?

      April 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • Steveo

        **missile

        April 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
      • John

        I see you fix your typos... I usually leave them, it proves I went to public school.

        April 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
      • Steveo

        John,

        I don't know if you have noticed John but I am getting a lot more intense in my blogging! I blame jean2009. She said independents don't exist andI couldn't be one anymore. Trace said I had to pick a side! So now since I can't be an right leaning independent, I'll be a moderate conservative! How do you like the new me so far?

        As far as the typo thing goes, sometimes I leave them too (mosty by accident). Funny line btw, John!

        April 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
      • Steveo

        See what I mean? "mosty", should been mostly!

        April 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • jerry

      obama is running scared...but I believe this was a very ignorant move... obama needs the woman vote or he don't have a chance....this does show how desperate the left is and obama leads the new democratic party (call it the marxist party)...and this nit case is one of theirs (35 visits to the white house is serous).

      April 14, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  13. Jules

    Do you think Ann Romney gave her husband the economic advice regarding women to oppose the Lilly Ledbetter act – equal pay for women for equal work? Someone should ask him that question since he said he takes economic advice regarding women from his wife.

    April 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • tnwoman

      @Jules

      I doubt if Ann Romney has ever heard of the Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay Act. She obviously DOESN'T need its protection.

      April 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      what have you heard from the current president on that score??? Perhaps you need to ask him first, especially if that is important to you and you plan to vote for him...

      April 14, 2012 at 1:35 am |
  14. lily

    Do you know what the real problem is here? Since Mitt Romney is the most squeaky clean politician that this country has seen in decades, they attack his wealth. They attack his wife. Anything they can muster, because they have no other ammo! .

    Do you think that Kerry or Kennedy were "more aware" of the common man? They were filthy rich!! The Obama's are pretty rich too, yet they are seen as more "connected". Wealth is never an issue if you are a democrat, only if you are a republican.

    April 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  15. lmillerut

    yep, no doubt about it, mrs. romney is completely out of touch with the rest of us.

    nevermind that her grandfather began working in the coal mines at 8 years old. nevermind that she has battled and beaten breast cancer. lets forget the fact that she has ms too. don't even mention the fact that the early members of her faith were forced from their homes and had to march several hundred miles across the plains just to make it to utah, many of them dying in the cold and snow. yep, pretty sure mrs. romney has never heard about their excruciating story, how many of them had to bury their children along the way because they were not strong enough for the journey.

    mrs. romney has absolutely no way of understanding the meaning of struggle. she has no concept of what it means to sacrifice. she has no idea how hard life is for some people. there is nothing in her life that she can look to and in turn be grateful that she was blessed with the opportunity to personally raise her children.

    i personally struggle to pay my bills. im one of many americans having a hard time living week to week. i know first hand what many in our country are going through. but to look at another person and claim that because she has raised her children she is therefore completely out of touch with the rest of us is simply ridiculous. so what if she were to have 100 cadillacs and an elevator to go along with each one.

    whats more insulting... a stay at home mother or the president's 1 billion dollar war chest? really!? we couldn't put ridiculous amounts of money like that to use rather than wasting it on campaign ads? thats $1,000,000,000. that goes for the republicans too. the obscene amounts of cash spent during the campaign season is far more offensive to me than a stay at home mother.

    April 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • Matilde

      Krishna Sir, Nice to hear from you about our village.Although we are away,we alayws eagar to hear & see prosperity of Ghandruk and the Ghandruke.Thank you very much and hopeto hear from you very soon. Krishna Gurung Kot Gaon(residing in The U.K.)

      July 31, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • Tammy

      I was a McCain support in 2000 altuohgh he is not the ideal candidate, he is going to get my support for President if he is the candidate. It will still be interesting as Huckabee has a chance to win a number of southern states on Super Tuesday. If he and McCain are the big winners, and Romney falls out ..it will be interesting to see what happens. Personally I like Huckabee and if he does win a number of states on Super Tuesday what will that mean.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:37 am |
  16. blairablair

    obama said what he said not because he believes Rosen was wrong. He needs the vote.

    April 14, 2012 at 12:40 am |
  17. Bill in STL

    Its astounding... the president actually was complimented here in this blog by known conservatives and the liberals don't even have enough class to acknowledge it... they focus in on the rosen comment... Which was in all honesty designed to be baiting... Just like in a court of law ... you can say what ever you want .... an objection may be raised but it is still out there and in public view... This comment did exactly what it was designed to do... stir liberals into a feeding frenzy.... So sad

    April 14, 2012 at 1:34 am |
  18. FedUp1

    Oh please!! As a woman I agree with the message Hilary Rosen was trying to get across. Romney turning to his socialite wife on advice on economics!! I'm sure she has plenty of nannies, cooks, servants, etc that do her mommy job! She has no clue on economics other than "Honey I need more money in my expense account". To place her in the same bucket with Stay at Home mothers raising their children on a very limited budget due to one income is a slap to women in that situation. She has no idea what it's like to go have to go back to work at four weeks after giving birth either natural or via C-Section because formula is expensive and mortgage/rent has to be paid. She had the choice many don't!

    April 14, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  19. truedat1

    This "war on women" jazz is possibly the biggest smokescreen ever!

    Can we please get these candidates to talk about real issues?
    Mr Romney, What do you plan to do about the tidal wave of outsourcing and destruction of the middle class?
    Corporations like Verizon are getting tax refunds as they outsource American jobs. kill employee pensions and healthcare plans. The 2 top executives pulled down 50 million $$ between them last year. How can you possibly tell us that you are the guy to stop this when you claim that the corporations are overregulated already?

    April 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  20. John

    well done Mr President. Good comment about a Democratic stratigest trying to furhter the fictional "War on Women"

    Now Mr. President, I think Bristol Palin is still waiting for her call....

    April 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  21. California Conservative

    We all know that democrats / liberals have started the "war on moms".

    April 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Perhaps if we encourage them in this... they will stop being moms and eventually there will be no more liberals....LOL ;-)

      April 14, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
  22. Matthew

    The left will always say that if a Republican wife or conservative woman is criticize it is fine because they put themselves out there to be attacked, but when it is Michelle Obama or any Democrat wife or liberal woman is criticize they are up in arms. Most disgusting is the liberal press who always enlarges the flame to criticize conservative women but put a blind eye when a liberal women is doing wrong. What a bunch of idiots liberals are especially the liberal press.

    April 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  23. arale norimaki

    Poor women who stay at home to raise their children should be given federal assistance for child care so that they can enter the job market and "have the dignity of work," Mitt Romney said in January, undercutting the sense of extreme umbrage he showed when Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen quipped last week that Ann Romney had not "worked a day in her life."

    April 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  24. Bonnie

    I can't possibly relate to Ann Romney. The only thing we have in common is we are both females and we both have life altering illnessess. Other than that, she has no idea what the average woman goes through every day. I have worked and raised my children. That was very hard, then I stayed at home and had another child and raised him along with adopting my nephew. That was hard. But the average woman of America doesn't have a nanny, a housekeeper or someone to cook the meals, Don't try to say that Ann Romney can relate to the average american woman, she has no idea! Her idea of raising her children is watching them play or the nanny give them a bath. Please, Ann, you have no idea what it's like for the AVERAGE WOMAN. Don't go there.

    April 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  25. SiriusVH

    It could be that, just as her husband thinks that he can 'fix' the economy because he has worked at Bain Capital, she thinks that she knows something about working women because she is married to Romney. Delusion is a trait of personality that Republicans seem to share a lot.

    April 15, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • Steveo

      Delusion is an equal opportunity employer! I imagine you support Obamacare but I have not seen where Obama is an expert on health and medicine! You? So you say, he has advisors who are? BINGO! Romney has economic advisors too! That is unless you feel GOP advisors don't count but Dem advisors do!

      April 16, 2012 at 8:16 am |