Imagine the outrage if a Republican strategist referred to a stay-at-home mom by saying that she was someone who “never worked a day in her life.” How about a mother of five?
A Republican strategist did not say that. But a Democrat did… and it was a female, Democrat strategist named Hilary Rosen. And, as reported by several news outlets, according to the White House visitor logs, Ms. Rosen has stopped by 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 35 times. National Review’s Jim Geraghty also points out that CIA Director, General David Petraeus has only managed nine visits.
During an appearance on Anderson Cooper’s “AC360” last night, Hilary Rosen (also a CNN regular contributor) made the offensive comment about Mitt Romney’s wife Ann when she told Anderson:
“His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and how do we . . . why we worry about their future.”
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That comment immediately began bouncing around the social media network and actually inspired Ann Romney’s first (and currently only) tweet on Twitter.As you might expect, Hilary Rosen was bombarded with messages on Twitter. She quickly scrambled to try and blunt the attacks by tweeting the following:
That comment seemed to get a “nice try, but…” And so, Rosen continued:
It took about an hour, but the Obama campaign realized that Rosen’s comments, and the fact that she is not really backing down from her statement, could be a problem — especially since it doesn’t fit the narrative that the Republicans have waged a “war on women.” Campaign manager Jim Messina jumped into the tweet storm:
Another Obama lieutenant, David Axelrod also posted his denouncement of Rosen’s gaffe:
About the same time that Axelrod and Messina’s tweets appeared, so did one from a female member of the Obama campaign, Stephanie Cutter:
As Democrats moved to distance themselves from Ms. Rosen’s comment, a member of the Romney family jumped in to support mom. Here’s the tweet from Josh Romney:
As Mother’s Day approaches,the worth of ‘Stay At Home Moms” is a regular topic on news channels. Each year we learn just how much money mom should be earning for performing all of the tasks involved with raising children. Last year, Salary.com claimed that moms work would be worth $90,000 a year. Five years ago, CNN and ABC both did stories quoting the results of a survey that claimed stay-at-home moms worked 92 hours a week and the work they do should bring in $138,000 a year.
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