After enduring 8 solid years of Republican obstruction and vitriol, President Obama has used his final year to appreciate the experience. That’s not to say he hasn’t achieved anything as of late–as he very much has–but the president looks more relaxed and wiser. There’s an air of satisfaction.
President Obama recently penned an essay for the new issue of Glamour magazine in which he declared himself a feminist and stated that the world his daughters are inheriting is one of opportunity. The article, which will appear in Glamour’s September print issue, also touches on President Obama’s own relationship with masculinity as he grew up without a father. Moreover, he also spoke on enduring the complex world of gender stereotypes.
It is absolutely men’s responsibility to fight sexism too, President Obama wrote. This is an extraordinary time to be a woman. The progress we’ve made in the past 100 years, 50 years, and, yes, even the past eight years has made life significantly better for my daughters than it was for my grandmothers. And I say that not just as President but also as a feminist.
Proving that he’s quite serious about feminist issues, the White House hosted the first ever United States of Women summit, during which women gathered to discuss a swath of diverse issues. The pay gap, for example, was featured quite prominently at the summit. President Obama acknowledged that he and First Lady Michelle Obama have sought to raise their two daughters to reject the burdens of an unequal society.
The contrast between Obama and the current Republican front-runner couldn’t be more clear.
Perhaps it’s due to his younger age when compared to other presidents, but never before have we witnessed a president so deeply in touch with the social and economic struggles facing younger people. President Kennedy comes to mind, but he didn’t face a Congress full of hateful man-children. But this president doesn’t seem to have the time or patience to let Republicans get to him.
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