In her Thursday FoxNews.com column, Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers called President Barack Obama’s defense of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice during Wednesday’s press conference “silly” and “sexist.”
The president, who urged critics to go after him instead and referred to Rice as an “easy target,” chastised Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham for threatening to block Rice’s potential nomination to be the next secretary of state.
Rice has come under fire for repeatedly suggesting shortly after the pre-planned Sept. 11 terror attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya that an anti-Islam YouTube video was behind the violence, which she claimed was spontaneous.
“Imagine George Bush saying that people criticized John Bolton because he was an ‘easy target.’ He wouldn’t,” Powers wrote. “It’s absurd and chauvinistic for Obama to talk about the woman he thinks should be secretary of state of the United States as if she needs the big strong man to come to her defense because a couple of Senators are criticizing her.”
On Wednesday, Powers made a similar case on Megyn Kelly’s “America Live,” noting Obama left out mentioning New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte as one of Rice’s detractors so that it he could portray the situation as “two men beating up on a woman.”