It’s election season, which means there are fires to be put out nearly every day for the men in the presidential race. The latest one stems from some comments made by Obama White House aide Hilary Rosen (pictured above, left)
Rosen said on CNN Wednesday (April 11) that Ann Romney (pictured above, right) “has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a
majority of women in this country are facing.”
Reactions were swift and from both sides of the aisle, since it’s not like stay-at-home moms are ignorant of the state of the economy, nor are stay-at-home moms not “working.”
Romney herself responded on Twitter with, “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” She also told Fox News that her career choice was to be a mom and while she hasn’t personally faced financial struggles, she has weathered breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.
She also told them that her husband says of her stay-at-home mom decision, “He would say, ‘My job is temporary. … Your job is a forever job that’s
going to bring forever happiness. Mitt respects
women that make those different choices.”
The Obama camp was quick to respond as well. First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted, “Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected” and President Obama made his position clear in an interview with KCRG out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He says:
“There is no tougher job than being a mom. When I think about what Michelle’s had to do, when I think about my own mom, a single mother raising me and my sister, that’s work. So anybody who would argue otherwise, I think, probably needs to rethink their statement.
More broadly, I don’t have a lot of patience for commentary about the spouses of political candidates. My general view is those of us who are in public life, we’re fair game. Our families are civilians. I haven’t met Mrs. Romney, but she seems like a very nice woman who is supportive of her family and supportive of her husband. I don’t know if she necessarily volunteered for this job so, you know, we don’t need to be directing comments at them. I think me and Governor Romney are going to have more than enough to argue about during the course of this campaign.”
Rosen has also issued a statement regarding her comments, saying, “I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to
focus on the substance.”