Ours is worse than yours
May 10, 2012 4:40am CST
Actually, that was just to get your attention. I see all the complaints here about Obama, and I wonder how the US poublic would react to having a president like our Prime Minister. Strike 1: She's a woman (51) Strike 2: She's childless (gasp) and unmarried (gasp) and lives with her (male) partner in unmarried bliss (shock horror). Strike 3: She's a woman Strike 4: She was born in another country (Wales) Strike 5: She's a woman. Strike 6: She's a former industrial Lawyer, and an avowed left-winger heading Australia's nominally union based Labor Party Strike 7: She's a woman. However would you cope? Lash
• United States
11 May 12
She would get $$$$ TON of publicity on her private life. Everyone in the US would probably know the exact time and dates of all physical interactions along with very lengthy discussions on whether or not she was doing it right. This would be interrupted only by daily fashion updates on how much her outfits cost and by what designers with a lengthy discussion on whether that is the best outfit choose for the situation and whether she should have gone with another designer. Then there would be some interest in bedsheets and bedroom decor. That would be the subject of the political blogs. Of course, there also might be some rampant speculation on whether she has a crush/affair with other male world leaders and whether or not she would spend the night. Of course, the US tabloids would focus on possible illegitimate children and past affairs.
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• Gold Coast, Australia
11 May 12
Julia is a woman? Jeez, I had not noticed! What about the fact that she speaks with too much of an Austrayan accent and not the well spoken eloquent accent that you would expect of a PM. You could have added that in too. And the fact that she is a politician....very hard to find good ones of them! She would't last ten minutes as leader of the USA, I could not imagine them voting for her at all!
10 May 12
I forgot to mention that I don't mind her too much, she's a universe better than the far Right Catholic conservative who expects to follow her. If her party would actually return to core Labour values I'd like her even better, but she still ain't Green enough for me. Lash
12 May 12
We've seen a woman president recently and she turned out to be very extravagant in an era when austerity measures were essential. Pratibha Patil is absolute non-entity for sure because she is too old to waste news print on, even with her expensive clothing. I wouldnt even be able to recognize her voice, if I heard it sometime. She certainly didnt deserve to be the President of our country - because she is bad one for first woman president of the country. As to the powerful lady, Indira Gandhi, she made India Pakistan enemity unsurmountable. You would think women without children and marriage would be inclined to be normal. Oh no! They are not. We have a chief minister of a province who flaunted her wealth to celebrate her friend's son's marriage. The expense would have fed the poor in her state for at least 6 months. These are the specimens we can boast of. In contrast your lady has nothing great to be noticed, right?
12 May 12
Only a good brain, good political sense, and a commitment to social justice. She has no taste in football teams or clothes but hey! I'd rather she had a good brain, good political sense, and a commitment to social justice. Lash
10 May 12
from your list i get your biggest problem is that she's a women?if so then i think you got a really big problem...domacracy is actually based on equal rights so if your only objection of her is the gender then you ain't got much of an argument there
12 May 12
No, in fact my biggest problem is that other people are bothered by her being a woman. You clearly don't read all the responses as required in the rules here or you would have picked up my ironic undertone. In fact I think women should be better represented in government at a high level than they now are. The problem manifests itself in attacks by male politicians, including in her own party, and male journalists who seem horrified by the fact that they have to do what a woman tells them to. Mothers clearly have a lot to answer for (Ironic Mode (IM) turned up full). Lash
19 May 12
The big problem is that the right wing people hate her being a woman. It has angered me that much of the insults hurled at her are sexist. Comments that would never have been made against a male politician. She is tough but the opposition is right wing, the media here is right wing and they are hurling every ounce of hatred at her that they possibly can. As a woman I was shocked by the vitriol in the comments which were all gender based. The common attitude in our country is still that women have no place in politics except as second to men. This is still a sexist country. Oh its not just her gender they have a problem with, it is that her party is also considered left of the political spectrum but all the nasty comments in both the media and from politicians are gender based. I wonder if women will ever truly gain equality or if the world will fall back into a patriarchal dictatorship.
13 May 12
Are these complaints from your fellow Australians or are they compliments? They seem to be compliments. How else would she be enjoying that position. I have been watching that no one bothers about any one's personal life when it comes to choosing their leader. While complaints against Obama are a result of whatever developments that have take place in the now, what you have listed here hardly calls for a debate.
• United States
12 May 12
I'm pretty sure to be president of the USA you have to be married, have children, and be born in the US. Though the first 2 aren't written and the last one some people might argue with now. Oh and over 35, but I guess that's covered. Nonetheless despite all the controversy, the right wing women here would be the most upset followed by the rest of the right. The left probably wouldn't care. Reminds me though, I once had a teacher who many many years ago told me we'd have a black president before we'd have a female president. Guess she was right, even though at the time it seemed liked either was 100 years off, guess it turned out to be more like 12.