What Did Ann Romney Mean By ‘I Love That Some Women Don’t Have A Choice But To Work’?
4:45 pm, April 24th | by Laura Donovan
Earlier today, potential first lady Ann Romney made her first speech since Rosengate exploded in the media a few weeks ago and acknowledged the erroneous claim that she has “actually never worked a day in her life” by saying she commends the ladies who don’t have the luxury of being stay-at-home-moms as she did:
“My hats off to the men in this room too that are raising kids — I love that, and I love the fact that there are also women out there that don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids,” Ann said in Connecticut. “Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”
This feels like an answer to some of the Hilary Rosen defenders who said that the political consultant made a valid point about Ann being out of touch with most women in the United States, particularly those who are unmarried or could not afford to stay at home. I think I have an idea of what Ann meant — That she takes her hat off to the hustling women who work and take care of the kids, but her follow-up line about valuing certain types of people could be perceived as condescending.
Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers noted the peculiarity of Ann’s statement with the response tweet, “@AnnDRomney ‘loves’ that there are women who have no choice but to work and raise kids? http://bit.ly/I6MOTt A little Marie Antionettish.”
Alex Seitz-Wald of ThinkProgress harped on the unusual delivery as well, arguing, “It seems Romney was trying to express empathy for women who don’t have the option to stay at home, as she did. But the comment that she ‘love[s]‘ that some women ‘don’t have a choice’ and must work is unusual, to say the least, and could lead to a new round of charges that the Romneys don’t understand average Americans, given their enormous wealth.”
It seems as though the belief that the Romneys know nothing about Average Joe and Jane life isn’t going to be disproved before the election, and Ann’s weird instance of what seemed to be word vomit won’t change that without some clarification.