Democrats have engaged in a full-court press in pushing back on strategist Hilary Rosen’s comment on CNN Wednesday night that as a wealthy stay-at-home-mom Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life.”
Rosen apologized to Romney Thursday, but only after kicking up a firestorm over stay-at-home motherhood and drawing a rebuke from the president himself.
“There is no tougher job than being a mom,” President Obama told a Cedar Rapids television station, mentioning his own wife and mother. He added, “I don’t have a lot of patience for commentary about the spouses of political candidates. My general view is those of us who are in the public life, we’re fair game. Our families are civilians.”
Sometimes I feel like I’m the only sane person in America. Everyone is arguing over whether being a stay-at-home mom is hard work. But when you read Hilary Rosen’s comments, her point was clear: Ann Romney isn’t familiar with the corporate world, so she’s in no position to give advice about the economy. It doesn’t matter if being a mom is the hardest job on earth; changing diapers and juggling practice schedules doesn’t prepare you to negotiate bank bailouts and manage the collapse of the Euro. They’re what we in the business world call “different skill sets.”
Also, let’s not B.S. ourselves. There are tougher things than being a stay-at-home mom. I won’t even talk about men. I know from watching primetime TV that every white male is a total idiot or completely p-whipped. Let’s just compare women with other women. Some women stay at home and raise kids. Other women work all day, and still raise kids. So you’re claiming that raising kids is harder than working and raising kids? I mean, don’t get me wrong, being a mom is never easy, and Mitt Romney makes a billion dollars a year, so it’s foolish for his wife to sit in a cubicle all day. Still, working single mothers have it the toughest. I’m no genius, but to me, doing 2 things is harder than doing 1 thing. That’s why Bo Jackson is remembered as a sports legend and Dennis Eckersley is remembered for having a nice mustache. Or why Whitney Houston was a singer/actor superstar and CeCe Peniston was an entertaining pop singer. Or why Pert Plus outshines ordinary conditioners. It’s simple math.
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