THIS IS WHO WE ARE

This is what we do for the joy of the King,
For His peaceable Kingdom,
For a world in despair.
And this is why we bring any hope we can give,
Any bread from the table,
Any touch of His hand.
This is what we do.
This is where we go.
This is why we sing.
This is how we live.
This is who we are.


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sweetie?


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.

7 comments:

Billy said...

I say nice job "buddy" at just about every youth baseball game I am at. Sometimes I don't even know who the kid is that I am saying it too. Should I now apologize for saying that?

Don said...

Gee . . . You never know what kid's psyche you may damage when you call him "buddy!" (Don't call him sweetie, tho!)

VikingMom said...

That makes me realize how many times I call kids "Hon or Bud" when I'm checking them in at church.

Oops.

Diane Davis said...

Brian calls EVERYBODY Buddy. I didn't hear this about Obama. He can call me sweetie and I won't be offended...

Don said...

The "buddy" comment was my own observation...It probably doesn't really offend anybody like "sweetie" apparently does.

I'm occasionally called "Sugar" or "Sweetie" at restaurants. That's probably what waitresses call old men!

Don said...

Diane, you'd be pleased as punch, wouldn't you?!

Jon in HB said...

I've been know to use the term "Sweet Heart" in a very condescending way. I think even to your daughter?

Should I be offended every time someone calls me stud?

Don't laugh, it could happen!