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Obama has to hold the women if he wants to keep his job as President. Apparently he thinks it helps to do so by hugging them, as he did the women of ABC’s “The View,” a kind of everywoman’s Ratpack show. Reportedly, 5.6 million watched Obama’s appearance July 29. He also makes an effort to embrace women at his unstoppable string of post-election campaign stops.
The country has 8 million more women than men, and 57 percent of the pro-Obama vote in 2008 came from women, according to Gallup polling; and 65 percent of the unmarried females voted for him. Some 67 percent of the least educated—those with some grade school learning–cast votes for him.
In case hugs alone don’t work, Obama can expect some return from his Executive Order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls to deal with issues they face and—the document said– “to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies across the federal government consider how their policies and programs” address the needs of women and girls, including women of color.
Obama’s current $3.8 trillion budget has programs a-plenty for women and girls, which will be exempted from spending restrictions placed on other programs. So reported news.mcclatchy.com. A budget document called “Opportunity and Progress for Women and Girls” described 15 federal programs to benefit females that would get increased funding.
Among the programs for women are $8.1 billion in food aid for low-income pregnant women, infants and kids up to age 5, plus $3.9 billion for child care and Head Start meals. For family planning, $327 million is made available, with expanded access to contraception. Family planning is provided through more than 4,500 clinics providing services to approximately five million persons annually. Included also is $205 million for the prevention of teen pregnancy “and related efforts,” (whatever these are.)
The President’s budget also provides $8.1 billion for “discretionary nutrition program supports, which is a $400 million increase over the [fiscal] 2010 enacted level.” The budget also provides $10 billion over 10 years for “program reforms” to enhance the “nutritional quality of school meals and snacks, expanding nutrition research and evaluation, and improving program management.” In the budget, too, is $989 million for Head Start and Early Start to serve 64,000 added families, and $1.6 billion for Child Care and Development. And on and on. The $787 billion stimulus act planners saw that more money for new jobs went to women, while it was men who represent 80 percent of the unemployed.
But money can’t buy love. Recently women rights advocates and other liberals attending the Netroots Nation meeting in Las Vegas July 24 weren’t happy at Obama’s absence. All they got was a video message in which Obama said, “ We can’t afford to slide backwards. Let’s finish what we started.” Leftists, however, have been disappointed in the many legislative compromises put together by the White House and Congressional Democrats. They’ve also groused at the fact that Guantanimo Bay hasn’t been closed, the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, relating to gays and lesbians, hasn’t been dealt with, and combat in Iraq and anywhere else hasn’t ended.
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