Kirsten Powers: Obama Defending Susan Rice Was Paternalistic
Kirsten Powers says President Obama was paternalistic in his defense of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice because he acted like she could not defend herself on her own.
Powers: This idea that they are going after her because she is, quote, an “easy target?” I don’t know what they are talking about. She is the U.N. Ambassador who was sent out to speak to the American people about this issue. That’s why they’re focused on her. And it’s interesting, Megyn, how you pointed out in the last interview, [President Obama] sort of portrayed it as these two men beating up on a woman. He left out Senator Ayotte, who is part of this. And kind of made it seem like he was coming to her defense. It was very paternalistic, I thought. Like, how dare they go after her. She’s the U.N. Ambassador. She’s more than capable of handling this. The question is whether or not it’s fair to pin it on her, and I think that’s a different discussion. And it certainly makes sense that if he was going to nominate this woman -- I’m not saying that he is -- as Secretary of State, of course she’s going to face questions about this.