I’m scratching my head wondering why a woman has never been elected president in a country that is all motherhood and apple pie. The 2016 presidential campaign season is in full swing and the field is mainly crowded with men. Hillary Clinton is trying to be the first female president again. She’s pushing the “Gray Card” that she’s a grandmother and that she dyes her hair and will continue to do so in the White House. But impressive as Hillary Clinton’s hair is, she can’t hold a candle to me. Who else can shoot a basketball behind her back, breastfeed a newborn baby, stand on a skateboard and balance two SAT review books on her head? Seriously, have you ever seen Hillary Clinton do that? While I’ll admit I am a “bottle brunette” most of the bottles you’ll find around my house are for the baby. My slogan will be: “Mothers know best.” Why should women settle for being added to the ticket as some sidekick VP candidate standing with their children as props at the conventions.
My husband doesn’t like the idea of me running for president. “Who’ll watch the kids?” he asks glancing up from a football game on television. He’s worried he might have to.
He also points out that women get made mincemeat out of when they run for national office. “Remember poor Sarah Palin,” he reminded me, “Katie Couric grilled her about the magazines and newspapers she read before she was tapped to run for vice president. You haven’t read a magazine or a newspaper since you retired as a journalist.” It’s true. My eyes are so out of focus I can’t read anything without glasses and they would give my age away.
My husband warned me that an interview with Couric would go something like this:
Couric: I was curious, what newspapers and magazines have you read before deciding to run for president?
Me: I’ve read many of them, you know, the ones I find laying around the house.
Couric: What, specifically?
Me: Um, all of them, particularly TV Guide, Cooking Light and Family Circle.
“Those aren’t news magazines, what happens if she asks your position on global warming?” he asked. “What if she wants to know if you think it’s man -made or not?”
“I’ll just tell her it’s due to all the firewood you’ve burned this winter and that yes it’s man-made and that’s why a woman should be elected President of the United States of America.”