Speaking at the United State of Women in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, President Obama told the audience that his daughters “think it’s weird” that a woman has never been president of the United States. The event is a forum on women’s issues announced by Michelle Obama last week and it drew many of the biggest names in entertainment and business. Referring to his daughters, Obama said, “They think it’s weird we haven’t already had a woman president. They expect the world to catch up to them. And I have no doubt that we will.” The president went on to sing the praises of Hillary Clinton, the first woman in American history to become the presumptive presidential nominee of a major political party. He said Clinton “raised the expectations of our sons and daughters of what is possible.” He also informed everyone that he is a feminist. “I may be a little grayer than I was eight years ago, but this is what a feminist looks like,” Obama quipped.
Vice President Joe Biden also spoke at the event and, touching on a theme that he’s been vocal about lately, called on men to be more assertive in calling out misogyny when they see it. “You guys in the audience, we’ve gotta overcome this social discomfort of calling out the misogyny that happens when no women are present: the locker room talk, the bar banter, the rape jokes,” Biden said. “As a man, maybe it makes you uncomfortable, but if you let it pass because you wanna become of the one guys, you become an accomplice.” Biden said that men who don’t speak up when they witness a sexual assault happen aren’t just witnesses — they’re also accomplices.
Below are some tweets the White House posted with highlights from the event.