It is “generally frowned upon: Calling reporters “sweetie.”” But, Barack Obama says he has a bad habit of “using the word ‘sweetie.’” And he says “I do it sometimes with all kinds of people.” Yeh… Right… No doubt those “all kinds of people” are all women, because men generally don’t call me “sweetie.”
Of course this isn’t the first time Obama has dropped the ‘sweetie’ bomb on some unsuspecting woman. As Robert Farley notes on Lawyers, Guns & Money: ““Sweetie” is belittling in a way that “buddy” really isn’t, and it really shouldn’t be used in any kind of professional setting, except perhaps between those who are exceptionally familiar.”
Apparently there are some Obama supporters who are not impressed and not willing to laugh it off as faux pas. Good for them. It came off as condescending in that don’t interupt me sort of way, telling the reporter to “hold on one second there sweetie” when she asked, “How are you going to help the American auto workers?”
Way to woo the women voters there Barack… And make an impression on the working class.