So much bruhaha today about Obama saying "Sweetie" to the female reporter who was asking a question. Granted, it probably wasn't the best choice of a word in a professional situation. But he was busy with other people, and the reporter basically interrupted him with her question. It might have been a bit condescending, but no worse than if it had been a male reporter and he used the term "buddy"--as in, "I'll get back to you on that, Buddy." That's an annoying little term, too, but guys use it with each other all the time. Does that mean we need to apologize to guys we happen to call "Buddy?" I don't THINK so. But it's the same reasoning.
He was wise to apologize, just because it was unprofessional and condescending. BUT, he wasn't being sexist--in my opinion. Besides, the guy is exhausted. Yesterday he said something about "fifty-seven or fifty-eight states." Fatigue makes you say weird things.