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Titus Andronicus Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:25 PM
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“Favreau’s mix of alcohol and groping are hardly a laughing matter. .."
In the above photo, the man with “authority over own words” expresses profound disrespect toward Secretary of State-designate Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Jon Favreau was the chief speechwriter for Obama’s presidential campaign, and he has been named as Director of Speechwriting in Obama’s Whitehouse.

Al Kamen wrote in the Washington Post yesterday that some “interesting photos” had surfaced of Jon Favreau at “a recent party he attended.” In one of the photos, Favreau is seen “dancing with a life-sized cardboard cut-out of secretary of state-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.” In another, Favreau has “placed his hand on the cardboard former first lady’s chest while a friend is offering her lips a beer.”

In the latter photo, Favreau and his friend (the unnamed man on the right, wearing the “Obama Staff” t-shirt) are aping the sort of frat-boy antics that might be considered sexual assault, were it a real woman in the picture and not a cardboard cutout of Sen. Clinton.

David Axelrod, senior adviser to Barack Obama, said of Favreau, “Barack trusts him…and Barack doesn’t trust too many folks with … the notion of surrendering that much authority over his own words.”

If Favreau is charged with “authority over own words”, is Obama not alarmed by what Favreau is expressing in this photograph?

These antics ought to be summarily condemned by president-elect Obama. He ought to fire Jon Favreau. If he does not fire Favreau, he risks fostering the perception that he condones Favreau’s disrespect toward Sen. Clinton. He also risks encouraging this sort of behavior in other young men toward women who are not merely cardboard cutouts.

Drinking and sexual assault are a pernicious and persistent problem on college campuses.

Amy Siskind, co-founder of The New Agenda, responds, “Favreau’s mix of alcohol and groping are hardly a laughing matter. It is a national catastrophe that 32% of our college women are victims of domestic violence. Every mother and father should be appalled by Favreau’s actions which would seem to be encouraging degradation and sexualization of women.”


Of course, it’s common practice to try to diminish the status of powerful women by invoking their sexuality in a demeaning manner, but is this what we should expect will occur in Whitehouse staff meetings?

According to the Washington Post article, “Clinton senior adviser Philippe Reines cast the photos as evidence of increased bonhomie between the formerly rival camps.”

‘Senator Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon’s obvious interest in the State Department, and is currently reviewing his application,’ he said in an e-mail.

While Sen. Clinton may be prepared to brush the incident off, American women cannot—not when every young woman who goes to a club or a party where there are young men and alcohol must consider the risk of sexual assault. If Obama does not react strongly to this incident, some who see it will take it as a cue for how they ought to treat women—because this is how the big boys do it, after all.

Ironically, other famous alumni of Jon Favreau’s alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross, are Clarence Thomas and Chris Matthews, also noted for their less-than-respectful attitudes toward women.

.... http://thenewagenda.net/2008/12/06/will-president-elect... /

I am well aware that sub-cultures exist behind closed doors and the public is not privy to a great deal of what goes on. However, in light of the fact that Mr. Favreau’s actions have come to light, I would urge you to fire him immediately and to make a public statement as to why. In this way, you will be taking an unequivocal stance regarding your lack of tolerance for behavior demeaning to women. Would you hire a person who posted photographs of himself engaging in racist pantomime? I should expect not – and rightly so!

Senator Obama, you have promised hope and change. As a woman, I would assume this includes the obvious: sexism will not be tolerated in an Obama administration.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:27 PM
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1. I don't think you can sexually assault a cardboard cutout.
:eyes: Nonsense like this trivializes real abuse of actual women.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:37 PM
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17. Most appropriate response.
:thumbsup:
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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:40 PM
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18. Can you point me to a picture of him groping a cardboard cutout
of a man? Say... Barack Obama?
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:27 PM
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2. Fondling a cardboard cutout is NOT "sexual assault"
Some people need to lighten up and get a life.

Geesh!

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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:28 PM
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3. Whatever, see this:
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Titus Andronicus Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:29 PM
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5. or this
While Sen. Clinton may be prepared to brush the incident off, American women cannot—not when every young woman who goes to a club or a party where there are young men and alcohol must consider the risk of sexual assault. If Obama does not react strongly to this incident, some who see it will take it as a cue for how they ought to treat women—because this is how the big boys do it, after all.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:30 PM
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7. Obama has to do nothing.
Get over you poutrage.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:37 PM
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14. EPIC FAIL!
:eyes:
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:28 PM
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4. Favreau has probably looked at an issue of Playboy, too. String him up!
:sarcasm:


IT WAS A CARDBOARD CUTOUT FOR GOD'S SAKE!
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Titus Andronicus Donating Member (68 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:37 PM
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13. Did Favreau write this?
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:30 PM
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6. What, not another thread on this?
Oh the humanity...



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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:31 PM
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8. I have a pic
from the early eighties of a friend and I groping a cutout of Don Johnson at spring break. It is some of the stuff teens and twenty somethings do. I think people need to lighten up. As a woman who has experienced a real assault this is a non story.
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99th_Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:34 PM
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11. thank you. will you sign onto my 50 year moratorium?
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99th_Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:32 PM
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9. Can we get maybe a 50 year moratorium on sex-related "scandals" for politicians?
I mean good God, get a clue. Politicians are *gasp* human after all.

I'm just so sick of people's sexual proclivities (including with cardboard cutouts) becoming
big brouhahas ... the only exception to my proposed moratorium would be rape and/or sex crimes
involving those under-age. The rest of it ...pfff... who give a flying fuck?
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:33 PM
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10. Uh...it's cardboard????
This is a non-troversy.. let it die please I beg you.

The appropriate punishment as I said earlier is a snarky SS nickname like:

Toga
Bluto
Frat Boy
Groper

etc.

Alternatively, assign him to be Hillary's speechwriter for a month.

:rofl:
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:36 PM
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12. The "New Agenda"? Scroll down the comments and see how sick these idiots are (see the image) n/t
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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:37 PM
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15. Sexism is alive and well
Would any of these morons pose with a card board image of a man? Grope him?

Of course Hillary brushed it off. How else could she have reacted?

But the fact that we tolerate this behavior, the fact that, during the primaries we tolerated the sexist comments on her - her hair, makeup, cleavage, calves - shows how much we still have to accomplish.

He should be fired. Not so much for his actions but for his stupidity. Here the transition team issues a 100-page (or so) questionnaire including instances where the candidate's behavior could be an embarrassment to the new administration, and they do not consider this as one?
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latebloomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:37 PM
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16. as a former victim of sexual assault
I think this is just silliness.
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cbayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:42 PM
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ErinBerin84 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:42 PM
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19. as someone who has been groped by various frat boys under the influence
I think this is stupid and trivializes the issue...Hillary Clinton (and bullshit about "well, what else was she supposed to say?!" etc....I think we have learned by now that she can stand up for herself quite fine) does not seem to think that it is cause for firing. This incident will be an embarassing wikipedia entry for him throughout his life, it's not worth ending his career over it. I don't think keeping him on condones sexism, we are not privy to the conversations between him/Hillary, and Obama. They have bigger fish to fry.
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