Obama's ability to diminish the dignity of the presidency knows no limits.
"It's On Us, yo."
The Grammy Awards paused the celebration to deliver a strong message from President Obama about violence against women and girls, calling on artists to use their power to change public attitudes.
“It’s not OK, and it has to stop,” Obama said in a video that played at the Staples Center about halfway through the 57th annual Grammy ceremony on Sunday. He cited the disturbing statistics showing that one out of every five women have been victims of rape or attempted rape, and one out of every four women have dealt with some form of domestic violence.
“Artists have a unique unique power to change minds and attitudes, to get us thinking and talking about what matters,” Obama said. “All of us in our own lives have the power to set an example.”
Obama urged the assembled superstars at the Grammys to sign an anti-violence pledge at ItsOnUs.org, “and ask your fans to do it too.”
First, what's with the greasy forehead?
Not a good look.
Second, Obama's message and the whole violence against women segment was out of place. Promoting the It's On Us website, and urging the "fans" to sign an anti-violence pledge was incredibly lame.
I know the "artists" like to act as if they're making a difference and solving the world's problems; but interrupting the Grammys to run a violence against women PSA was nothing more than self-serving posturing.
Obama said we have to create a culture where violence isn't tolerated. We have to set an example and artists have a unique power to change minds.
Does Obama really think these "artists" are role models?
Might part of the violence problem be due to the fact that some of the "artists," these uniquely powerful people, have promoted a culture that glorifies violence and treating women disrespectfully?