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White House Cabinet Meeting

February 1, 2011

Here are a few photos from the Cabinet meeting today at the White House:

President Barack Obama (C), Secretary of State of State Hillary Clinton (L) and Secretery of Defense Robert Gates participate in a cabinet meeting at the White House February 1, 2011 in Washington, DC.

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  1. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    February 1, 2011 8:24 pm

    stacy, I know this is totally off point and not a focus of your blog, but I’ve been so riveted by news from the Middle East that this managed to escape my attention (emailed by Ann Lewis @ No Limits):
    Just when we should be moving forward to make health care more available, a new bill before Congress aims to restrict women’s access even further – including even greater difficulties for victims of rape! H.R.3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which now has more than 180 sponsors, claims to be about making the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding for abortion through Medicaid, a permanent law.

    But the language of the bill goes much further, redefining rape, for example, so as to deny assistance to victims of statutory rape or incest. Current law provides exemptions in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman; the new bill uses the language “forcible rape”, excluding statutory rape, women who might have been drugged or have been date raped.

    This is simply mind-boggling. Leaving aside how this impacts women on Medicaid — that thought alone is utterly depressing — are we really going to turn back the clock on definitions of rape? Sex with under aged children or daughters or sisters is consensual? If a guy slips a GHB into your drink at a bar, then he and a buddy carry you to their van, spend the next 18 hours taking turns violating you, then dump your almost lifeless body by the side of the road, in the process impregnating you (as happened to one of my patients), well girl, you should feel lucky to be alive, and next time don’t cozy up to strangers at a bar? It makes me livid — we have a battle for human rights going on right here at

  2. stacyx permalink*
    February 1, 2011 8:44 pm

    I had heard about that and included a link to a story about it in my Sun. news round-up here and at Taylor Marsh. But I also was distracted by what was going on in the Mideast.

    It’s a disgrace. “Forcible rape?” as opposed to what, the non-violent, consensual kind? And of course, as you mentioned this will really impact poor women/teens/girls.

    It seems like we are going backwards. All I hear from the Beltway chattering classes is concern about govt takeovers and fear-mongering about socialism when in fact, they are looking at the wrong team. The GOP has been taken over by extremists but instead of calling them that, the media just seems to think they are principled.

    Roe v. Wade is still on the books but very soon it will be in name only.

    • February 2, 2011 2:24 am

      That is a frightening bill. It’s not attached to another larger bill, correct? And even if it gets through the House and Senate, Obama should veto it, right? There are actually some Dems that are going along with it.

      Although, I have zero faith in Bambi (as NancyinCali calls him below). I really didn’t need another reason to dislike him, but his speech last night gave me one… Talk about a government pretending to mind their own business while really NOT. Oy.

  3. NancyinCali permalink
    February 1, 2011 11:45 pm

    don’t get mad at me, but sometimes I think Hill and Bambi kinda look cute together…

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      February 2, 2011 12:34 am

      I was thinking something similar, in a way — it’s almost hard to remember how bitter the rivalry was. Almost.

    • February 2, 2011 7:18 am

      They seem to really respect each other and I think I have read every book on the 2008 election thus far and everything I have read says that. It seems like if there was any lingering resentment initially it was primarily among their staffs, which is understandable.

      Hillary handled the 2008 defeat just like she has handled her whole career- with class. The Obama-Clinton partnership serves as an example not only for other politicians but also for countries around the world- this is what a peaceful transition of power looks like. Whenever she travels there is almost always a question from an audience about how she can work with her former rival and she notes that they both want what is best for the country. I still wish she would be VP in 2012 though.

      • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
        February 2, 2011 10:58 am

        Amen to everything you wrote.

        Michelle Obama emailed me yesterday — yes, me personally! Can you imagine! ( nah, it was one of those “personal” mass emailings) — and asked if I had any suggestions for the Dem convention in 2012 (that was just before she asked for my money). I wrote: “Persuade Hillary Clinton to remain in public office and to be your husband’s running mate.”
        I also hgave a little money,so that should seal the deal.

  4. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    February 2, 2011 11:02 am

    One more observation, stacy. Events in the Middle East are understandably capturing everyone’s attention, but what do you make of the fact that a thread on Egypt — or Israel — can garner 18, 20, 25 posts, while the issue of abortion rights, most particularly abortion rights for poor, abused, raped women, seems to elicit a collective yawn? You and I are the only two people having a conversation about it here, unless I missed it when you posted it in your news round-up.

    • February 2, 2011 11:25 am

      Yes, I know. For some reason the media can’t cover more than one story at a time. The GOP bill redefining rape has received little to no attention by the MSM.

      When I mentioned the story in my round-up which I posted at Taylor Marsh and here, no one said anything.

      Anything having to do with Israel always generates lots of attention, women’s rights not so much.

      I’m not sure what is going on- I don’t know if people have been lulled into a false sense of security regarding Roe v. Wade and abortion rights, ie. they assume that no matter what happens it will always be on the books. Is it a class issue? Do people think that it will never impact them or anyone they know because if they or their friends or their kids need access to abortion they can go to another country where there are minimal to no restrictions? Is it because the Right has been so successful as framing the issue as one of religious principle as opposed to women’s rights? Have the democrats totally dropped the ball on standing up unequivocally for abortion rights?

      What many don’t realize is that if Roe falls, so does the right of unmarried women to use birth control- that was the foundation upon which Roe was based. It’s not like Roe came out of nowhere- there is a whole line of cases dealing with the fundamental rights of women and the fundamental right of privacy. Roe also impacts the gay rights/privacy cases. The political right has been very organized and clever with how it is going about waging war on Roe- they are focusing on a state by state strategy and placing so many restrictions that the right to abortion barely exists. They are also using the fear of Big Government to justify federal restrictions on not only funding but also all family planning services.

      Or is the reality that despite our constant hectoring of other countries about how THEY treat women, the sad fact is that we aren’t doing so well in that department either, but it’s easier to focus on others rather than look in the mirror. During the Bush administration we were increasingly at odds with the entire rest of the world regarding international family planning/women’s health policies meant to safeguard the world’s poorest women. Thus far, reversing that doesn’t seem to be a priority of this administration.

      • Thain permalink
        February 2, 2011 12:58 pm

        I had no idea about any of this until I saw Carolyn’s comment. I’ll email my reps and Senators in Congress about it.

        I think part of the problem is that the Democrats have essentially given up fighting the GOP on a whole host of issues and I’m not sure why. I agree that the GOP has done a good job of making any abortion debate not about women’s rights but about religion and govt spending as if they somehow have the moral high ground. The dems suck at messaging and are always on the defense. That democrats are signing onto this is disgusting.

        Also the media doesn’t seem to be covering this and the question is why? It’s another example of how they create the news by deciding what is and isn’t worthy of attention.

  5. February 2, 2011 1:50 pm

    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz has spoken out strongly against the bill:

  6. February 2, 2011 1:54 pm

    Jason Linkins does a great job breaking down how insane the bill is and how the definition of rape is a throwback to the 1800’s.

    • Tovah permalink
      February 2, 2011 2:48 pm

      That’s incredible. So basically, if you don’t fight back hard enough and possibly risk losing your life, it’s not forcible rape?

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