In an effort to prove the Weber Shandwick study we wrote about this morning, there have been rude happenings today in the political world.
First, let’s go to Michigan, where the word “vagina” caused a firestorm. Because that’s what vaginas do?
State Representative Lisa Brown (left) spoke to the Michigan House of Representatives in opposition to an anti-abortion law that would make all abortions illegal, including those where the life of the mother is in danger. Jezebel has some footage from the proceedings, which included a lot of gavel-banging.
At the end of her remarks, Rep. Brown says, “I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.” Afterwards, she was banned from the House floor. (Another legislator, Rep. Barb Byrum, was also banned for a separate reason.)
House GOP spokesman Ari Adler is saying today that it wasn’t the use of the word “vagina” that got Rep. Brown banned, but rather the phrase “no means no.” According to Adler, “it implied she was comparing abortion legislation to rape.” Hmm… No, sounds like she was banned because she said “vagina” and the men in charge didn’t like it.
Speaking on CNN, Rep. Brown says she’s gotten a lot of support from her constituents and others around the country.
On the flip side, a jerk from The Daily Caller interrupted the President of the United States to ask a combative question. About five minutes into a press conference in which President Obama was announcing a new policy that would limit the number of adults younger than the age of 30 who are deported after coming to the U.S. illegally as children, Neil Munro started his questioning.
Other reporters at the presser told The New York Times that Munro asked, “Mr. President, why do you favor foreign workers over Americans?”
After being interrupted, the President said, “Excuse me, sir.” He then reminded Munro that “now is not the time for questions. Not while I’m speaking.” Then there was seemingly another interruption, at which point the President said, “I didn’t ask for an argument, I’m answering your question.”
In the story he ultimately wrote, Munro defended his actions by pulling examples of other reporters that have shouted questions and accused the President of not taking questions to avoid awkwardness.
The Washington Post says the President “rebuked” Munro and was “visibly agitated.” But when someone is shouting passive-aggressive questions at you while you’re speaking and you’re the President, that seems a reasonable response. You can watch the exchange here.
[Bottom image: Doug Mills, The NYT]