President speaks on women's rights in weekly address
March 12th, 2011
05:18 PM ET

President speaks on women's rights in weekly address

Washington (CNN) – President Obama noted that March is Women's History Month, calling it a time to celebrate "the progress that women have made" and the "women throughout history who have made that progress possible," in the weekly presidential address.

He recalled how Eleanor Roosevelt challenged President Kennedy to find qualified women for top posts in his administration, and that Kennedy asked her to head a new presidential commission to study the status of women in America in response. "It's been almost fifty years since the Roosevelt commission published its findingsĀ - and there have been few similar efforts by the government in the decades that followed," the president remarked.

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  1. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Thankyou, Mr PRESIDENT for reminding me and acknowledging the progress women have made in this nation. However, we still have some glass ceilings to break through. Historically, and even now, American women remain in the psyche of 'systemic' America as the 'second fiddle' American Citizen.

    March 13, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Harry Pelosi

      Blah Blah Blah, payed for hack by the regime!

      March 14, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  2. Bill

    Here he goes again. He must be in his campaign mode heading into 2012. Get the poor on his side by promising free stuff (Welfare/Food Stamp/Unemployment check, etc.) and now on to the women's block of voters. He must think we all have forgotten how he treated Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary. Did he really have women's rights in mind when he slammed and degraded her at that time? I'll bet you anything, he'll next move to capture the independents voting block by claiming that he's free of the unions and how he reached across the aisle to get things done. This is a career politicians who only care for his own survival and he'll do/say whatever to get as much votes as possible to win.

    March 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • Betty

      You had better hope that President Obama is still the Prez. after 2012. There isn't one of the R Ilk that could hold a Candle to this Great Man . Barack Obama is the reason the US is doing as well as it is, after the Disaster that the Republicans brought on the Country. How dare you even criticize the President, you Right Wingers are the problem, not the solution.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:35 am |
  3. nathan

    Where's addressing the real issues? Maybe deal with the many crises that are going on and address the people's concern... ...that would be what a true leader would do. Women's rights isn't a bad topic but essentially a fairly "safe" "neutral" topic and not isn't the time... ...focus on the important!!!

    March 15, 2011 at 1:37 am |
  4. jane

    I wonder if these three men who commented on this are married? 10 to 1 their not?

    March 15, 2011 at 9:35 am |
    • Hermy

      Congrats on feeling telsted! I, too, am dreaming of the day when I get to look at all of my books at one time, instead of having half of them in boxes in the attic.

      March 2, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  5. Bill answer your question, yes I am a married man. Being married or not has nothing to do with the topic. Like you and many other, I firmly believe in women's rights. It has never been fair for women in this country or any other and we have a long way to go in addressing that issue as a nation. However, don't you think this President keeps bringing up this sort of topic to shore up certain voting blocks to his advantage? Whether you like him or not as a person, a true leader lead with convictions to solve problems for a nation as a whole, not segments of the population to strategically gain advantage for his campaign.

    March 15, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • Thinks2010

      Bill–Thank you for supporting women's rights. I think it is possible for our government (and this president) to focus on more than one important issue at a time. Unfortunately, women are almost always told that there are more important things needing attention than their human rights, and we are getting a little tired of that. I'm not saying that it demands 100% of the attention of our government, but it should be among its top priorities. Surely it is more important than things like the bill to defund NPR that the republican congress was focused on today.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:47 am |
      • Jim

        The presidency was never itdnneed to have the sort of over-arching scope of power currently attributed to it. This country is supposed to be a place where people do not need to fear the government meddling and ultimately regulating our lives from which doctors we visit or to which schools we send our children or anything that is an individual's right to govern.Some of you are giving the government too much credit when it is actually OUR OWN responsibility to make the best use of whatever freedoms we have. Freedom IS personal responsibility.If you want the government to babysit you and pay for everything and guide you by the hand, fine, but you must sacrifice some freedoms. It cannot be both ways. And trust me that heavily regulated (read: socialized) anything is total garbage. Have you heard about Hurricane Katrina and how fantastically disastrous the government-sponsored responses were? Freakin' Brad Pitt got more done here in two weeks than the entire FEMA monstrosity has yet to accomplish.Just think about what you're saying when you clamor for more! more! more! federal regulation and intervention. Or, if you really want to exchange your freedoms for the coziness of ineffective socialization, you could just move to France.

        April 3, 2012 at 7:46 am |
      • Misael

        FACT- Hilary bought and sold ubllvanie land to senior citizen to screw them out of money.Fact- Bill pardoned members of FLAN ( A TERRORIST GROUP) immediatly before he left office so Hilary could get the hispanic vote!FACT- Hilary has spent more on personal eartags than ANY OTHER SENATOR EVER, and most of it goes to people who supported her campain

        April 5, 2012 at 12:23 am |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Where and when did he slam HILLARY CLINTON? When he actually won the DEMOCRATIC vote? If I remember correctly, they both were running against each other to be the 'last man standing' to run against the REPUBLICAN! He and she debated one another, when both agreed on many of the issues! So for you to come out with that hate-ridden remark is blasphemous! OBAMA respected her and her position all the way! Do you think she would've accepted his selection as SECRETARY of STATE, had she thought like you? SPIGHTFUL!

    March 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • BostonBill

      You beat me to it. Well said.

      March 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Betty

      Right on ! He was Nothing but respectful to Hillary, she sure never returned the favor. She pulled every dirty trick in the Book to Win. He did not. They can say a lot of terrible things about this President, but they can NEVER accuse him of losing his cool or treating anyone with discourtesy. He is a Gentleman and a Good Man.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:39 am |
  7. Cheryl from MN

    Obama is right. And for those of you that don't know, there are more women serving in government, in Europe, than in the United States. That needs to change.

    March 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  8. Bill

    Go back and read some of the things the Obama team and the folks who supported him portrayed the Clinton's when they questioned his experience to be Commander in Chief. They were called racist and all other sort of things. Answer me one thing. How are my comments considered "HATE-RIDDEN"? Agreed, my views are not that of yours, but hate-ridden? As to why she accepted his offer to be Secretary of State, only Hillary knows the answer to that. Same goes for Joe Biden who accepted the nomination to be Vice President. I'm sure you are aware of his now famous "This is not on-the-job training" remark of Obama before being offered the VP post. So, why did he accepted the offer? Why did Hillary accepted the SoS post when she did trust that Obama would be able to handle the "4 AM call"? There is nothing blasphemous or hate-ridden regarding my remarks. Obama is a career politician...a shrewd one at that...nothing hatred or blasphemous about that. Easy...not everything has to be "hate" and "race" when we bring up Obama.

    March 15, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • Betty

      Well Bill, Give us a list of then Candidate Obama's remarks that were insulting , demeaning, disrespectful or otherwise rude to Hillary,or anyone else , other than ironic jabs at times. This is not a mean man. He is a wonderful representative for the Country. He always has a sense of humor, and constantly has said ,that opposite views, are what makes the Country strong,and are part of the Political landscape. Don't like the guy? Fair enough, but tell the truth about him.

      March 16, 2011 at 2:46 am |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    That's no real response to my comment! I said OBAMA treated HILLARY CLINTON with respect all the way to the end. THE CLINTONS? I thought he was running against one CLINTON, but you're right! He was running against two CLINTONS! That in itself could have been a lot of the problem! He was out there, one man against two and you say they were treated unfairly? One more thing, no COMMANDER IN CHIEF has experience in being the COMMANDER IN CHEIF until he's been one! So that's an assassinine expectation!

    March 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      I think you are correct that only a Commander-in-chief has that experience, however I think that Eisenhower, a five-star general in the United States Army, came close.

      I do not think you can claim Barry treated Hillary Clinton with respect. There were several times in Pennsylvania that Barry mailed letters making false claims about her. He also ran many negative ads on TV. She called him out on this many times. They talked about it in the debates. Barry worship runs deep and blinds his followers to the truth.

      March 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
      • Betty

        His name is President Obama. Not Barry, not Obama, not Barack. Have a little respect for the guy that goes to bat for the American people 24/7. President Obama critics run wild, and are totally blind to the truth about this Man. There are none so bind than those that cannot see. You will be in for another rude awakening, if a Republican ever gets back in the WH. Then ,you will have good reason to bitch and complain

        March 16, 2011 at 2:51 am |
  10. an-dao

    obama good talker,no country in the world listen to mr usa president,can you see lybia scare usa now.

    March 15, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Thanks Betty!

    March 17, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  12. soulesslefties

    this obvious left wing corrupt news organization that has this Palin thing going on , such immaturity and childishness has never been so apparent, what a corrupt Godless bunch of pathetics

    March 19, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • Thinks2010

      Souless–looks like you're lost in more ways than one.

      March 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm |