I am stunned and not a little upset to learn that our President, George W. Bush, has just dismissively waved a female reporter away and called her “Darlin’.” Is that Texas talk for “respected professional”? Is it some secret code for someone he deems his equal? How can he get away with such a public display of his misogyny? Or was he being dismissive and condescending not because she’s a woman but because she was a “nobody” reporter in some factory he was touring in Somewhere, U. S. A.? Would he have been so quick to “Darlin'” a nationally-seen anchor on the evening news or the moderator at some nationally televised debate?
Hey, either way you slice it, “Darlin'” is not an appropriate form of address to a complete stranger who is just trying to do her job to the best of her ability, and part of her job, Mr. President, is to ask you questions you might not want to answer. Are you plannin’ to “Darlin'” your way back to Texas?
If you haven’t seen this latest gaffe, please sit back, hold your stomach, and watch:
Um . . . Oh! Wait, is that Barack Obama?
Nevermind, then, that’s completely different.