Thanks, Obama. That’s right, in a speech he delivered in Paris this weekend, the former POTUS addressed the deluge of sexual misconduct allegations back at home by contending that more women in power is the answer to this epidemic.
At an invite-only event hosted by a group of communications professionals known as “Les Napoleons,” the topic came up when Obama responded to questions about leadership qualities for the future. Without naming names or any particular sectors (because he’s classy like that), Obama called for more women to be placed in positions of power, noting that “men seem to be having some problems these days.”
“Not to generalize, but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialization,” he went on.
Obama’s comments come in the wake of the near-daily outing of one prominent man after the next for sexual harassment or assault. These allegations have spread across multiple industries and government, thriving in a way that many issues don’t: across party lines.
Just a few days ago, House Minority Nancy Pelosi called for fellow Democrat John Conyers to step down as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee amidst sexual harassment allegations, and Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore still finds himself deep in the throes of multiple allegations of sexual assault and pedophilia. Most recently, Billy Bush fired back at the current POTUS, after Trump’s recent suggestion that the infamous Access Hollywood footage was somehow inauthentic.
While the former President Obama did not specifically call out President Trump at the event, he did make reference to a “temporary absence of leadership” while discussing climate change, reportedly eliciting some laughs from the crowd.