In a letter to White House chief of staff Jack Lew, Concerned Women for America CEO and president Penny Nance urges President Obama and his staff to distance itself from liberal pundit Bill Maher. Maher has a history of making inappropriate comments about female politicians, famously directing them at Republican women, especially Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin.
But it’s Maher’s recent association with Obama’s campaign effort that is now under fire.
As the super PAC aligned with Obama announced recently, “Bill Maher pledged ONE MILLION DOLLARS to us at Priorities USA Action.” Additionally, close Obama adviser David Axelrod is reportedly planning to go on Maher’s television show in the near future.
Nance writes in her letter, “Mr. Obama needs to publicly dissociate himself from Priorities USA and cease all further fundraising in support of the organization, until they return Mr. Maher’s contribution immediately.”
Nance says that “Maher is a serially vile misogynist” and that his association undermines the president’s commitment to have a “public discourse” worthy of his daughters—as Obama said at a press conference on Tuesday, “I want [my daughters] to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I don’t want them attacked or called horribly names because they’re being good citizens.”
The letter cites this Daily Beast report, which outlines Maher’s misogyny:
Maher has called Palin a “dumb twat” and dropped the C-word in describing the former Alaska governor. He called Palin and Congresswoman Bachmann “boobs” and “two bimbos.” He said of the former vice-presidential candidate, “She is not a mean girl. She is a crazy girl with mean ideas.” He recently made a joke about Rick Santorum’s wife using a vibrator. Imagine now the same joke during the 2008 primary with Michelle Obama’s name in it, and tell me that he would still have a job. Maher said of a woman who was harassed while breast-feeding at an Applebee’s, “Don't show me your tits!” as though a woman feeding her child is trying to flash Maher. (Here’s a way to solve his problem: don’t stare at a strangers’ breasts). Then, his coup de grâce: “And by the way, there is a place where breasts and food do go together. It’s called Hooters!”
The Concerned Women for America says that it represents one million women across the nation.