EVER SINCE BARACK Obama spoke the words “You’re likeable enough, Hillary” during the 2008 primary season, his weakness for being irked by rivals has been a recurring theme.
It arose anew after he referred in an interview to Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Elizabeth” and suggested that her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership is motivated by — horrors! — politics.
Warren, said Obama, is “absolutely wrong” to oppose it, adding, “The truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else.”
Obama was called out by Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio for being “disrespectful.” Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, said that Obama’s “clear subtext is that the little lady just doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”