Barack Obama

You might think this is a tongue-in-cheek moment (to be sure, most clear-thinking people do probably think that), but considering how the White House itself, some state governments, and many colleges are cracking down on any sort of conduct that could be construed as “sexual harassment,” the following behavior (via CNN.com) is highly questionable:

After Mike Jones joked to President Obama “Don’t touch my girlfriend” while at a voting booth in Chicago,

Obama got back at Jones after voting, with a hug and a kiss for his fiancée.

“On the cheek, just the cheek — please, Michelle, don’t come after me — just the cheek!” [Jones' fiancée Aia] Cooper told CNN affiliate WLS-TV after voting.

“Now, he’s really jealous,” Obama told Cooper.

Hold on a second — did the president get an explicit verbal consent from Ms. Cooper to kiss her? No, he did not.

In fact, he ordered Ms. Cooper to kiss her:

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I wonder what would happen to, say, a fraternity president if he had ordered a female party attendee to kiss him … hugging her all the while?

Without any clear — affirmative — consent, the frat prez could be brought up on sexual harassment/assault charges.

Don’t laugh! It’s not as if we haven’t read about such instances at least as silly

Not to mention — haven’t we been told time and time again that sexual harassment is partly about “power differentials?” How much more powerful does it get than the president of the United States?

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h/t to Althouse.

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In a recent interview with Salon.com, Berkeley professor and music critic Greil Marcus laments the state of American race relations in a way you might expect.

His most provocative statement: “… when that cop killed Michael Brown, and when George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, they were killing Barack Obama.”

Anyway, don’t let me go on like this. But, yeah, yeah. And when you look at the things … when you look at the murder of Trayvon Martin, when you look at the murder of Michael Brown, when you look at those situations, it’s not unrelated to Obama being president, but it’s more the way in which the country has reframed itself or rewritten itself since his election, with all kinds of people saying to themselves, maybe never putting it into words, just feeling it, “There’s a fucking n—er in the White House? Well fuck you, n—er, whoever you are.” And an inchoate loathing and hatred that seeks out its targets.

I’m not a psychiatrist, I haven’t sat down and interviewed George Zimmerman or the cop who shot Michael Brown, I don’t know what their motives are, I don’t know what kind of people they are, what kind of childhood traumas they have experienced. But I don’t think it’s nuts that in a certain way, when that cop killed Michael Brown, and when George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, they were killing Barack Obama.

Marcus also invokes the usual (progressive) canard that President Obama has been treated worse than any other president, and says that the “Civil War not only had never ended, it had never been … nothing had ever been resolved for countless people.”

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h/t to Truth Revolt.

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Sometimes you’re just left speechless, like when this happens, via the Huffington Post:

Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation announcement in September spurred an outpouring of mixed emotions from politicians and public figures. While Holder faced criticism for the Justice Department’s prosecution of whistleblowers and handling of white-collar crime during his six-year tenure with the Obama administration, his strong civil rights legacy may overshadow his missteps.

In an interview with HuffPost Live, Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates lauded Holder as the “mensch” of the Obama administration, thanks to his tough stance on race issues.

“He stood up for the law, the truth of the law, the racial complexity of America. When the right wanted to turn back things like the Voting Rights Act, Eric [said] no,” Gates said. “He’s been the moral compass of Barack Obama’s administration. He’s been the race man and the point man for standing up against anti-black racism and other forms of color-based discrimination, anti-gay feelings.”

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will unveil a campaign to raise awareness of how to stop sexual assault on campus on Friday – through peer pressure, the AP reports:

White House officials say the campaign, called “It’s On Us,” will challenge everyone on campuses to see sexual assault as their personal responsibility to prevent, but will particularly target male students. Presidential aides point to research shows that men are often reluctant to speak out against violence against women because they believe other men accept it, and that Obama and Biden hope to set an example by speaking out to help change social norms. …

The “It’s On Us” campaign will use social media, partnerships with colleges and private partners with reach among college students to attempt to create a culture where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported. Obama plans to release materials to help support the growing student movement against campus sexual assault and attempt to energize new efforts.

For those who remember the impact of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ rules for campus sexual-assault adjudication procedures – especially requiring a low evidence bar for guilt – there’s more of that coming:

The White House said the task force will announce model policies for schools by the end of September.

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President Obama has ignored the pleas of his own allies to provide a religious exemption for organizations that do federal work – such as Christian colleges and Catholic hospitals – under an executive order to be signed Monday banning sexual-orientation discrimination in hiring, The New York Times reports:

In a July 1 letter to Mr. Obama sent the day after the Hobby Lobby case was decided, leaders of religious groups wrote that “we are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need.”

The effort behind the letter was organized by Michael Wear, who worked in the White House faith-based initiative during Mr. Obama’s first term and directed the president’s faith outreach in the 2012 campaign. …

Mr. Wear, who calls himself an “ardent supporter” of the president and a backer of gay rights, said in an interview on Tuesday that the rationale of the organizations was to maintain the rights they have. “We’re not trying to support crazy claims of religious privilege,” he said.

He described the letter as a request from “friends of the administration” to ensure that the executive order provides “robust” protection of religious service organizations that uphold religious-based moral standards for their staff members, whether Catholic, Jewish or Muslim.

The signature of Gordon College President D. Michael Lindsay on the Wear-organized letter has led to a backlash against the evangelical school, though its accrediting body recently said it’s not facing loss of accreditation.

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It’s not me, it’s you. That is the message the South Dakota College Republicans have for President Obama in a new video released last week, set to the song “Say Something” by A Great Big World.

The video depicts millennials “breaking up” with Obama like teenagers would break up with their significant others – his Facebook page is unfollowed, his pictures torn up, his text messages ignored.

Joe Schartz, chairman of the South Dakota College Republicans, told The College Fix that “Say Something” was “one of the saddest songs” he had ever heard. He thought it would be funny to use the popular song to show the weakening relationship between young people and Obama, believing the video would resonate with those who have gone through breakups.

Schartz believes the growing uneasiness with Obama among younger voters, who were instrumental to his election, is because they were drawn in by his large promises and the media hype surrounding him, but are now realizing it was mostly hype. He said millennials should vote for Republicans because they offer a stronger economy, less expensive healthcare and less government spying: “Your quality of life will be better when governed by conservative policies.”

The time was ripe for such a video, as recent polling provides evidence that millennials are breaking up with Obama and the Democratic Party. In a Harvard Institute of Politics survey  conducted between October 30 and November 11, and released in December, only 33 percent of young voters approved of Obama’s handling of the economy and just 34 percent his handling of healthcare.

While the percentage of millennials identifying as Republicans has stayed relatively constant since the 2012 election at 25 percent, the number identifying as Democrats has fallen 12 percentage points, from 43 percent the week after the 2012 election to 31 percent the following November, leaving a much smaller gap between young Democrats and young Republicans.

Future elections may show that Democrats will have to work harder for millennials’ votes. Schartz said Republicans “are working hard to turn out a demographic that Democrats are taking for granted.”

saysomething.SDcollegerepublicans.screenshotThe video has drawn significant media attention. It was featured on IJ Review, Young Conservatives and Chicks on the Right, and discussed on the Fox News show Red Eye by host Greg Gutfeld and his guests.

Young Conservatives said it was “the best video of the year,” while Chicks on the Right called it “kind of awesome.” The video had more than 63,000 views as of Wednesday morning, with many YouTube commenters saying they could relate to the video or that they had talked to disenchanted Obama voters who could probably identify with it.

The South Dakota College Republicans have received “a wide variety of responses,” Schartz said: The video really resonated with friends and family who voted for Obama but would no longer admit it.

Schartz believes the video highlights the rebranding effort the GOP is undergoing. “We believe young voters understand the consequences of the last two presidential elections, and they are ready for a new style of conservative leadership.”

College Fix contributor Matt Lamb is a student at Loyola University-Chicago.

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