It only took about five days, but former President Barack Obama finally found a moment to issue a statement condemning now-disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, an alleged serial sexual harasser, if not worse.
“Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein,” Obama’s statement began, according to CBS News. “Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status.”
“We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories,” the statement continued. “And we all need to build a culture — including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect — so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future.”
While it is well and good that Obama has now gone on record condemning the sick actions of Weinstein, many are asking why it took so long to issue a statement that in all honesty is rather bland and tepid. Some noticed a couple of pertinent details that went unmentioned in the remarks.
The U.K. Daily Mail noted that Obama’s statement made no mention of the estimated $680,000 Weinstein brought in for the president’s 2012 reelection campaign as a “top bundler,” or the millions more dollars the Hollywood producer/Democrat financier brought in by hosting pricey fundraisers.
While many Democrats have made a show of publicly disavowing Weinstein amid promises to donate the money they received from him to liberal charitable causes — which in essence is little more than transferring money from one pocket to another — there is no word yet if Obama will return Weinstein’s money or similarly shift it from his wallet to that of other good progressives.