Everyone in the universe by now knows that the progressive anti-war group CodePink
has plenty of chutzpah. But co-founder Jodie Evans really doesn't mess
around. She went straight to the top and challenged Barack Obama
face-to-face on his visit to San Francisco on Thursday night at a
high-priced fund raiser at the Westin St. Francis hotel.
Armed with the signatures of thousands of Afghan women
who don't want Obama to send more troops, and for the U.S. occupation
to come to an end after a reconciliation process, Evans had an intimate
on-on-one with the president, where she told him explicitly that women
need to be at the table in any negotiations to alter or end the war.
She was wearing a pink shirt with "End The Afghan Quagmire" written on
it, and showed her sartorial splendor to Obama.
Evans told me later that the evening at the Rain Forest Action Network
fundraiser at the Bentley Reserve that Obama was friendly and listened
carefully -- you can see in the video that he has his arm around her
-- but that he didn't quite get her message at first. According to
Evans, when she raised the issue of women and war, he said, "Well we
have Hillary and the Ambassador. And I said no, the Afghan women. And
he said oh. "
How did Evans manage to have this little chat with the President?