Monday, March 8, 2010

President obama bemoans hardship in Women's Day speech

President Barack Obama warned on Monday that women in America still faced unfairness and hardship, as he vowed to fight for gender parity at a White House reception on International Women's Day.
Obama was joined by his wife First Lady Michelle Obama, the first female secretary of state Madeleine Albright, and his rival-turned-ally and recent top US diplomat Hillary Clinton at an event in the East Room of the White House.
"Even as we reflect on the hope of our history, we must also face squarely the reality of the present -- a realism marked by unfairness, marked by hardship for too many women in America," Obama said.
The president also praise Clinton and US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for making the alleviation of suffering of women a priority in US foreign policy, including lifting restrictions on access to family development.
Michelle Obama introduced her husband with joke: "I get to speak first while he stands and watches. I love this," she said to laughter.
"Look at me adoringly," she told her husband. "I can do that," the president quipped. "With sincerity," she said, sparking loud laughs.


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