“Time is short. Change is needed. And women are smarter than men. And the men can’t complain because they are outnumbered today.”
—Michelle Obama, during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit “to a laughing audience,” according to White House press pool reports.
Abuse of position.
No justification or excuse possible or acceptable.
There’s not much else that needs to be said, is there? It’s just about the perfect res ipsa loquitur. Obviously, the equivalent statement by a prominent male in any field would set off a firestorm of indignation: Larry Summers had to step down as president of Harvard for suggesting that women didn’t seem to be as adept at the sciences as men. Imagine the “war on women” drumbeats if a Republican, like Ted Cruz or Chris Christie, said that men are smarter than women. Of course, they are smart enough not to say anything like that, which is why Madam Obama’s statement is a self-rebutting assertion. What an idiotic thing to say in public, in her position.
I am eagerly anticipating the excuses, rationalizations and dishonest justifications.