Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind, in his new book “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and The Education of A President” that was just released Tuesday, makes the accusation that the White House environment is hostile to women.
Suskind, appearing on NBC’s “Today” show said:
“The book was pushed through with great effort and the fact is, is that this book, like all the books that I’ve written, is densely sourced and the analysis is picture-perfect”
He described the book as “as solid as a Brick”. In the book, former White House communications director Anita Dunn, is quoted as saying:
“This place would be in court for a hostile workplace. Because it actually fits all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.”
Dunn was interviewed by the Washington Post where she denied saying any of this. She claimed to tell Suskind “point blank” that the White House “was not a hostile environment.” — “The president is someone who when he goes home at night he goes home to a house full of very strong women,” she said. “He values having strong women around him.”
Suskind let the Post listen to the telephone interview from April with Dunn. Suskind said he took the unusual step because he felt it was needed given the “special occasion”. The Washington Post apparently confirmed that Dunn said exactly what Suskind claimed she did.
Also, on Monday, the Post interviewed senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, and she claimed, that senior female aides had grown so frustrated about their treatment in the White House that she requested Obama reassure them that he appreciated their roles and contributions.She went to say, “There were some issues early on with women feeling as though they hadn’t figured out what their role was going to be on the senior team at the White House”.
To be fair, Jarrett claims that most of the women hadn’t worked on the Obama campaign, so they had not had time to build a personal relationship with the President.
It does seem hypocritical that a Left Wing Government, that claims to stand for “Women’s rights” is, in fact, creating a hostile environment for them in the White House. Really, there should be no excuse for treating women this way.
Author Ron Suskind