Congressman Jeff Flake's Basketball Game With Obama Draws Criticism From Women's Groups; Obama Hits the Links With a Lady to Make Up For it
A White House basketball game featuring Arizona congressman and national beefcake Jeff Flake has brought some heat on the Obama Administration.
A couple of weeks ago, President Obama had members of his Cabinet, as well as members of Congress, including Flake, over to the White House for a game of hoops.
They were all men.
Sounds like the boys had some fun, but If you ask the "Debby Downers" from women's advocacy groups like the National Organization for Women, the games lack of estrogen is unacceptable.
"Relationships get built in those more informal settings," NOW President Terry O'Neill told ABC News, "and the relationships have a huge impact on the influence an individual has. We know what happens when we segregated, whether it by race or whether it by gender -- you end up with 1st-class citizens and you end up with 2nd-class citizens."
Simple solution, hon: Learn how to play basketball.
Over the weekend, the president extended an olive branch to the female sporting public by playing golf with Melody Barnes, his female chief domestic policy adviser.
And the gender glass ceiling came shattering down. Well, not exactly if you ask NOW.
"It's extremely important, now especially, for the president to have as many women as men in his closest circle of advisors. ..If women had been at the heads of the companies on Wall Street, instead of these masters of the universe, then we might not be in the predicament that we're in today," O'Neill says. "[The ratio of women to men] needs to be 50/50. Women are 52 percent of the voting public so obviously there needs to be 50/50 of any Cabinet."
Find us two women who can break 100 on 18 holes, and we'll talk.
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