Even International Women’s Day can’t just be about women. In the Biden-Harris White House, it was another chance to plug woke gender diversity and intersectional theory.
Biden Struggles To Name Pentagon Chief… Or The Pentagon itself.
At the conclusion of remarks observing International Women’s Day on Monday afternoon, President Joe Biden struggled to identify a member of his Cabinet and where he works.
“I want to thank Sec-—the former general—I keep calling him ‘General.’ My—the guy who runs that outfit over there. I want to make sure we thank the Secretary for all he’s done to try to implement what we’ve just talked about, and for recommending these two women for promotion,” Biden stumbled.
Whoops: Biden forgets the name of the Pentagon, as well as the name of his secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin pic.twitter.com/ZtcgHLBIAO
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 8, 2021
He was referring to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
White House Establishes Gender Policy Council.
On International Women’s Day, the Biden-Harris Administration launched a new Gender Policy Council.
The White House Gender Policy Council does not just focus on discrimination against women, but on a host of intersectional concerns, as First Lady Jill Biden’s chief of staff and Gender Policy Council co-chair Julissa Reynoso explained:
The White House Gender Policy Council will be an essential part of the Biden-Harris administration’s plan to ensure we build a more equal and just democracy by aggressively protecting the rights and unique needs of those who experience multiple forms of discrimination, including people of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.
The executive order establishing the council also notes, “This order is intended to advance gender equity and equality, with sensitivity to the experiences of those who suffer discrimination based on multiple factors, including membership in an underserved community.”
Under “Definitions,” the order continues:
(a) The term “equity” means the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities that have been denied such treatment, such as women and girls; Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.
(b) The term “underserved communities” refers to populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as geographic communities, that have been systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life, as exemplified by the list in the preceding definition of “equity.”
Reynoso, in the press conference, also clarified that this council is focused on “long-term, structural changes” and “integrating gender equity and equality in terms of the economic plans,” not immediately addressing joblessness among women during the pandemic.
No Crisis To See Here!
Reporters had questions Monday about the weekend trip to the border—namely, why no camera, no press, and no details about a White House delegation’s visit to a detention facility reopened under Biden?
Mostly, press secretary Jen Psaki answered, because they just went to gather information for the President, who did not attend.
“The President … asked them to go because he really wanted to get a full assessment from senior members of his policy team about what they were seeing on the ground—based on meetings, based on conversations with officials from HHS, officials who are running these facilities about what their challenges are—what improvements could be made. And as [Reynoso] noted, they also spoke with children. They’ll have—as is a normal part of any internal policy process, they’ll have a briefing with him in the coming days. We do look forward to—he’s committed to, we are all committed to allowing cameras into these facilities, but we want to figure out the best way to do that, protecting the privacy of the kids in a way that’s secure and safe.”
What’s happening at the border is for the White House to know, and you to find out.
Pressed on why the President didn’t go to the border himself, Psaki utilized the same “footprint” explanation as the White House used before Biden’s trip to Texas.
“Having traveled on smaller delegations, but also on trips with the President—a trip with the President, as many of you know, includes Air Force One; includes an extensive security; includes all of you, of course; includes a large swath of people and human beings. This was a trip with a small delegation meant to be able to have a small footprint on the ground to really have conversations with people who are working in these facilities, who are leading the efforts underway, and even some children. And it felt—he felt it was most appropriate for members of his policy staff to have those conversations and do the first trip.”