The theme for the White House women’s celebrations appears to be Failure to Appreciate Irony, with both multiple panels on women in business and families, and a passionate push for a bill that would have sent women’s health-care costs through the roof.
Women’s History Month is coming to an end. Donald Trump must be absolutely exhausted.
“ … the White House has been hosting events all throughout March,” press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters, launching into a list of activities that culminated Wednesday in a visit by the president to a special Women’s Empowerment Panel. The administration regarded this gathering as so important that it featured every single female Cabinet member.
Yes! All four!
Actually, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao couldn’t come, so they substituted Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “My Cabinet is full of really incredible women leaders,” the president said, looking at the quartet.
There are 24 people in the Cabinet. This is one of the reasons that pictures of White House decision-making resemble a meeting of the Freemasons.
Besides Chao, the Cabinet women include Nikki Haley, ambassador to the United Nations, and Linda McMahon, head of the Small Business Administration. While everybody wants to encourage small business and at least some of us want to encourage the U.N., neither of those would be regarded as exactly superpower positions.
The final slot, secretary of education, belongs to Betsy DeVos, whose confirmation hearing was highlighted by the discovery that she didn’t know about the rights of disabled students.
“I’m so proud,” the president beamed. He then set off on a quick march through women’s history, with shoutouts to Susan B. Anthony (“Have you heard of Susan B. Anthony?”), Harriet Tubman and “the legendary Abigail Adams.”
Trump referred to Abigail’s famous letter asking John Adams to “remember the…