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Walter Mondale, Lynn Sherr, and Maria Cardona discuss George H.W. Bush’s condescending behavior towards Geraldine Ferraro during the vice presidential debate in 1984. Bush questioned her knowledge of foreign policy, and Ferraro called him out on his patronizing behavior. The discussion revolves around Bush’s inability to take a female opponent seriously.
Journalist Lynn Sherr, former presidential candidate Walter Mondale and historian Nichola Gutgold describe the enthusiasm at the 1984 Democratic National Convention with which Geraldine Ferraro was greeted during her speech as vice presidential candidate. It was a sign of hope and opportunity especially for the many women on the floor.
Historian Nichola Gutgold and others discuss how the media focused on Palin's appearance and often objectified her in the way she was filmed and photographed. Not only was her wardrobe discussed by news anchors and reporters, she was often photographed from angles that accentuated parts of her body rather than focused on her face and the things she had to say.
Historian Nichola Gutgold, journalists David Corn and John Nichols, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center discuss how Sarah Palin's appearances in the media and in particular the parody of her appearances on Saturday Night Live quickly showed the public that she was unprepared for the position of the vice presidency.
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