No more bets, no more bets! Whoever had "March 7" in the "When will some columnist write about how Obama is the first female president?" pool can collect your winnings, those winnings being shame at the existence of the internet and also the existence of words.
This idea for a column was played out last year, when I wrote about basically the same column somewhere else. In fact, the only year in which there hasn't been a "Obama Is the First Female President" column since Obama rose to national prominence was 2011, for some reason. The list:
- February 2008. Newsweek staff, "Obama: First Female President?"
- June 2009. American Thinker, "Our First Female President?"
- June 2010. Kathleen Parker, "Obama: Our first female president"
- May 2012. Dana Milbank, "Barack Obama, the first female president"
- August 2013. Daily Caller, "Barack Obama: the first female president"
lol do you get it
Basically the only change has been the transition from question to assertion. In 2008: "First female president?" In 2013: "First female president."
And in 2014, at the conservative Washington Free Beacon, Matthew Continetti gives us "The First Woman President." Sub-headline: "It’s not Hillary." Well, who can it be?
It is clear to me now that we have had a woman president since January 20, 2009. Barack Obama’s story is America’s story. It is our story. It is the female story.
Continetti, who is employing a rhetorical device called "sarcasm" in this column, makes essentially the same argument as all of his predecessors. First, Toni Morrison once called Bill Clinton the first black president, therefore it is OK to call Obama the first something-else president. Second, Obama is totally feminine, what with his relationships with women and his "sensitivity to women’s issues, women’s concerns, women’s priorities," in Continetti's words.