by Frank James
Why did Sen. Barack Obama refer to a reporter during a Michigan campaign stop as "sweetie?"
Was it an attempt by the Democratic presidential candidate to show his affinity for blue-collar folks by attempting to sound like a waitress at a diner?
In the same vein, was he trying for a little machismo in front of the male workers at a Sterling, Michigan auto manufacturing plant he visited today?
Needless to say, a lot of women and even some men aren't going to like it. Some will interpret it as Obama being dismissive to the point of being somewhat sexist.
I'm not saying that's the correct interpretation, just that that's what some people will read into his term of endearment.
I expect an e-mail from the Clinton campaign in 10,9,8,7,6...