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There hasn’t been such fuss over green ties since House Speaker John A. Boehner be­came a fash­ion icon once the press dis­cov­ered he fa­vored ties in shades of emer­ald, mint or “dol­lar signs” green, ac­cord­ing to Esquire and the New Yorker. But just about ev­ery­one out­side of the Se­cret Ser­vice and Bo the dog got in on the green tie act at the White House on Tues­day. From the of­fi­cial pool re­port cov­er­ing a lun­cheon visit hosted by Pres­i­dent Obama for Ir­ish Prime Min­is­ter Enda Kenny: “We en­tered the Oval Of­fice around 11:07. Your pooler hasn’t seen as many green ties in one room as that of to­day,” ob­served Na­dia Bil­bassy, scribe o’ the day and a cor­re­spon­dent from MBC, the Ara­bic satel­lite broad­cast­ing net­work.

“The en­tire Ir­ish del­e­ga­tion with the PM were wear­ing dif­fer­ent shades of green ties as did POTUS and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. They also had a bunch of green clover dan­gling from their suit pock­ets.” women’s lib­er­a­tion al­ways tried to di­rect the con­ver­sa­tion and the public dis­course away from the sub­ject of women’s bod­ies. Now the en­tire con­ver­sa­tion ap­pears to about the fe­male re­pro­duc­tive tract,” Sab­rina Scha­ef­fer, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the In­de­pen­dent Women’s Forum, tells In­side the Belt­way.

“The de­bate over Pres­i­dent Obama’s con­tra­cep­tion man­date re­volves around birth con­trol and iden­tity pol­i­tics. But con­trary to what women’s groups on the left sug­gest, women to­day are not in­ter­ested in talk of gen­der roles. They are fo­cused on real eco­nomic is­sues that af­fect their fam­i­lies — job cre­ation, the na­tional debt, en­ergy prices, the proper role of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in our lives.

“To re­duce this de­bate to a dis­cus­sion about birth con­trol rather than jobs and eco­nomic se­cu­rity is the real at­tack on women here.”

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