“…we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women. …or qualifying forcible rape versus non-forcible rape, I think those are broader issues…” – President Obama

PRESIDENT OBAMA stated the issue succinctly today. And then he complicated everything he’d just said with that last section emphasized in bold above which is outrageous *[See Note Below].

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, let me first of all say the views expressed were offensive.

Rape is rape.

And the idea that we should be parsing, and qualifying, and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about, doesn’t make sense to the American people. And certainly doesn’t make sense to me.

So, what I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women.

And although these particular comments have led Governor Romney and other Republicans to distance themselves, I think the underlying notion that we should be making decisions on behalf of women for their healthcare decisions, or qualifying forcible rape versus non-forcible rape, I think those are broader issues, and that is a significant difference in approach between me and the other party.

But I don’t think that they would agree with the Senator from Missouri in terms of his statement, which was way out there.

What the hell does “…or qualifying forcible rape versus non-forcible rape, I think those are broader issues…” even mean?

UPDATE: The question has been answered, which I’ve offered in a postscript to this piece. The cross-over in the first sentence is due to the fact that Pres. Obama’s awkward phrasing does nothing except distance himself from Republicans, however disjointedly.