One of the major disclosures in Ron Suskind’s book, “Confidence Men,’’ was that women working in the Obama White House often felt marginalized, that a frat-boy atmosphere that prevailed in the 2008 campaign carried over into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Anita Dunn, Obama’s former communications director, is quoted in Suskind’s book saying that “looking back, this place would be in court for a hostile workplace. … Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.’’
Dunn made an appearance Sunday on a morning news show and was asked about the treatment of women in the White House. It doesn’t help Obama’s case that some prominent women have been heading for the exits. Jen Psaki, the deputy communications director, is gone, and Melody Barnes — a top policy advisor — will leave at year’s end.
CNN "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley asked about reports that the White House can be an “unfriendly workplace for women.’’