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Barack Obama: Government 'will work better if you give women a chance to run things

Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a get-out-the-vote rally Monday at the Cox Pavilion as he campaigns for Nevada Democratic candidates in Las Vegas. During his speech, Obama said "things will work better if you give women a chance to run things for a while." (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

You no doubt recall former President Barack Obama uttering a few whoppers during his speech at a Nevada rally for Democratic candidates Monday — among them, "I actually try to state facts."

In that light, Obama uttered something else of interest from behind the mic:

"Nevada, you could be the first state ever to elect a state legislature where the majority are women," he said to ecstatic cheering, forcing him to raise the volume of his voice. "Which, I'm pretty sure things will work better if you give women a chance to run things for a while. But you have to vote!"

According to NewsBusters, 38 percent of the seats in the Nevada state legislature are held by women — the third highest nationally. The outlet added that 57 percent of Nevada's Assembly would be women if the most optimistic election forecast comes to pass Nov. 6.

This writer's perspective

As far as we know Obama didn't make an exception for his "things will work better if you give women a chance to run" government statement. But doing so may have fit nicely with his assertion that he tries to "state facts" — particularly given the many shots he took at fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton when they both were vying for the presidency in 2008. The following clip is just one example:

"Things will work better if you give women a chance to run things"? Apparently Clinton didn't qualify in Obama's mind at the time. But were Obama's attacks on Clinton "facts" back then? Or is he just getting around to stating "facts" now?

Of course, the pair moved on, and Clinton happily took her secretary of state gig after Obama won the election — and Obama campaigned for Clinton's second run at the White House in 2016.

In fact, he said during the Democratic National Convention that summer: "There has never been a man or a woman — not me, not Bill [Clinton], nobody — more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America." After the applause died down, Obama added, "I hope you don't mind, Bill, but I was just telling the truth, man."

Facts can be funny things sometimes.

One last thing…
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