06/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mother's Day Special: Can Obama Deliver What Women Want?

With Supreme Court buzz dominating DC, gender issues are suddenly back in style despite the President's recent declaration at his 100 Days press conference that protecting abortion rights was not a high priority on his agenda. Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, joins us for a fascinating discussion about equality in Obama's alleged post-gender, post-race administration. Is this really a new era? Maegan wonders if we're perpetuating tired, unnecessarily adversarial talking points from the 1960s and stalling our progress on womens rights in general. Should we reframe our approach to the issues? On the SCOTUS front, Teresa asks why it is assumed that a male judge can't understand the same issues with the same "empathy" as a female judge. If we want smart, competent judges, why does it matter what gender they are? Is this all just the result of a generational gap in which there's a disconnect on the part of younger, privileged women from the realities of history? And for the Grand Finale: What of the possibility of a gay or lesbian appointment, or selecting someone who isn't a member of the "intellectual elite?"

Speaking of misogynist, homophobic culture wars: Ted, Maegan and Teresa also tackle the fascinating issue of the Ms. California and her eyebrow-raising stance on marriage rights. While you were looking at her boobs, Carrie Prejean apparently thought it was OK to share her opinion, but was it in an appropriate context? Do the promoters of the contest have the right to strip her of her title for making these statements, or are we just a masochistic nation that loves to persecute pretty blonde girls, as Britney Spears suggested in her cover of Bobby Brown's "My Perogative"?

Oh, and this weekend there's a tiny little thing called the White House Correspondents Dinner, with host Wanda Sykes and possibly President Obama. (Gay women are taking over the world, it seems!) Should we really be cracking light-hearted jokes about the dilapidated state of our union these days, and is it appropriate for the MSMers to be so chummy with people in power? (We hear Judy Miller has awesome seats in the coat room this year.)

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Wilshire & Washington, the weekly Blog Talk Radio program that explores the intersection of politics, entertainment, and new media, features co-hosts Ted Johnson, Managing Editor of Variety; conservative blogger Teresa Valdez Klein (, and liberal blogger Maegan Carberry ( The show airs every Wednesday at 7:30am PST on