President Obama is mocking liberal critics who accused him of being sexist for referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren by her first name.
In response, Obama paused during his Camp David press conference on Thursday, then called Sen. Warren “Elizabeth” again, nodding pointedly to reporters to note his choice of words.
“The issue with respect to myself and – ‘Elizabeth’ – has never been personal,” he said. “I think it’s fun for the press to see if we can poke around at it when you see two close allies who have a disagreement on a policy issue.”
Obama indicated that he was comfortable debating the details of the trade deal, even though many of his allies opposed his position.
“There are a whole bunch of – some of my best friends in the Senate, as well as in the House, some of my earliest supporters – who disagree with me on this,” he said. “And I understand.”