The Week That Was: Hoodies in the House, Obama's "Sexy and I Know It"

Six things you need to know right know about the 2012 campaign and issues of the day!

It's that time of the week again! You've been busy and it's hard to keep up on the fast-paced world of the presidential campaign and the issues all those talking heads are, well, talking about. So once again, iVillage presents your weekly round-up of the six things you'll be talking about this weekend:

1. Hoodies on the House floor
It's been a month since Florida teen Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida. The alleged shooter claims he feared for his life, as he saw 17-year-old Trayvon walking in his neighborhood, looking suspicious because he was wearing a hoodie. In the weeks since his death, as a show of solidarity, many people have taken to wearing hoodies on their Twitter icons, on cable news TV shows and on Pinterest. To take the point even further that there's nothing inherently ominous about the piece of clothing that is a staple of most American teen wardrobes, Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL) appeared on the floor of the House of Representatives wearing his own hoodie to speak out about violence, racial profiling and the tragedy of Trayvon's death. But he didn't talk long, because it turns out that Congress has a dress code banning hats and no one is allowed in the well of the House unless they're dressed appropriately. What should have been a significant political moment, turned into absurdity as Rush was forced to leave the chamber because he had the audacity to wear a hoodie under his suit jacket.

2. Is President Obama "too sexy?"
The daughters of former President George W. Bush got "outed" this week for having told their dad that they preferred candidate Barack Obama to republican John McCain during the 2008 campaign. So I wonder what they might think about the new mash-up video that's hitting the blogosphere, in which the President's own words have been carefully cut and edited to the tune of "Sexy and I Know It." 


I wonder if Michelle has seen this yet. So far, over three million others have. And we can tell he works out.

3. 'Tell your boss you're on the Pill' bill is dead
The question of who should be paying for your birth control has become the hot topic of the campaign season. One of the more extreme moves came from the Arizona State Senate, which proposed a law that would have allowed employers to deny coverage for the Pill if it was being taken by an employee for birth control purposes. Taking it for bad cramps or acne? No problem. But this proposal, which helped Arizona land in spot number 22 on iVillage's Best to Worst states for Women list, would have required women to essentially turn over their medical records to their employers to prove why their prescriptions should be covered. This week,when it came up for a final vote, it was defeated, but only by a margin of four votes.

4. Chief Justice Roberts doesn't want to pay for your maternity care
During the Supreme Court's marathon oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act, the nine justices tossed out lots of hypothetical arguments to the lawyers. That's their job. But while they were questioning the government's lawyers, Chief Justice John Roberts seemed skeptical about a law that required people to buy a kind of insurance they'd never need. His example? Why should he, as a man, be required to pay for a policy that would cover pediatric or maternity services? Other male justices, including Justice Antonin Scalia, chimed in and agreed. I guess these fathers on the court forgot they had a  little something to do in the process of creating their own families.

5. Etch a Sketch goes bipartisan
One of Mitt Romney's advisors was in the hot seat last week for essentially comparing his boss and his campaign positions to an Etch a Sketch -- just erase and start over if you don't like what you've got. While the stock price of the company that makes the iconic kids' toy went up, apparently some people were worried about it being viewed as a right-wing toy. To clarify, Etch a Sketch has announced that it's not taking sides, because it has a knob on "the left" as well as one on "the right." According to Ad Week, the advertising company working with Etch a Sketch says, "Etch A Sketch doesn't take political sides. ...  We believe that when the left hand and the right hand work together, magic happens."

6. Did Sarah Palin kill the possibility of a woman GOP VP pick in 2012?
With all the talk on the campaign trail about a "war on women" it would be natural for the remaining Republican presidential contenders to consider putting a woman on the ticket as their vice presidential running mate. But one person involved with Sarah Palin's VP bid in 2008 says that's not going to happen this time around. Nicolle Wallace, who you may have seen portrayed in the recent HBO movie Game Change, said at a speaking event this week, "There will be pressure to elevate a woman but there will be an equal amount of pressure to pick someone who is prepared.”

So who might she choose? Wallace said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is a possibility. But in light of how things went with Palin's candidacy, even if the eventual GOP nominee thinks she's a good choice, Palin's performance four years ago might put them off any woman candidate for a long time.

You can read more from iVillage iVote Editor and Correspondent Joanne Bamberger at her blog, PunditMom. Joanne is also the author of the Amazon bestseller Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook!

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