Charles C. Johnson: Obama War on Working Women Began With Palin – Updated

Charles C. Johnson wrote a post this evening over at Big Government, with a reminder how great the president is at keeping his word (that was sarcasm, by the way), and just how he dealt with members of his staff who attacked Governor Palin’s family during the campaign in 2008:

When reporters asked about Bristol Palin in September 2008, candidate Barack Obama promised that candidates’ family lives were off limits and said that he would fire anybody in his campaign who violated that rule.

But three days later, Howard W. Gutman, a member of his finance committee, told a national audience that Sarah Palin had put her career before family on The Laura Ingraham Show:

“This has nothing to do with gender, whether Todd Palin was the nominee or Sarah Palin was the nominee. If my daughter had just come home at 17 years old and said, ‘Mom, Dad, I’m pregnant, we have a family problem,’ I wouldn’t say, ‘You know what we’re going to do? We’re going to take this private family problem…and you know what I’m going to do? I’m going to go on the international stage and broadcast this to the world.’

“This wasn’t a working mother issue, this was a parent issue…The proper attack is not that a woman shouldn’t run for vice president with five kids, it’s that a parent, when they have a family in need, a Down’s baby who needs them — mother or father.”

Ingraham asked, “So you are judging her parenting skills. You’re saying you don’t think she’s a good parent for doing this job.”

“I’m saying the proper criticism is not that it’s a woman or man – it doesn’t matter whether it’s Todd or Sarah,” Gutman replied.

Obama not only didn’t fire him, he promoted him, appointing him first as a trustee to the inauguration committee and later, as ambassador to Belgium, where he remains to this day.

Why didn’t Obama keep his word? Perhaps it is because Gutman, a former registered lobbyist and big time trial lawyer, made it rain for the Democrats. According to, Gutman and his wife, Michelle Loewinger, have contributed at least $86,150 to the Democratic Party since 1989. Gutman personally bundled at least half a million for Obama’s campaign committee and $270,000 more for his inaugural committee.

You can read the entire piece here.

(H/T: Whitney)

Update: Check out the 464 pages of pictures from Ambassador Gutman’s Flickr page, where you can see just how well Obama promoted the wealthy Democrat donor. 464 pages of what looks like a perpetual birthday party, on the road.

Here’s a picture from the photostream of Jesse Jackson. It appears that Mr. Jackson had a little too much fun, a little too early.


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