At a Toys for Tots event, when sorting toys, he kept upsetting people by putting things like basketballs, t-ball sets, and tool kits in the "girl toys" bin.
I do haveto wonder if he was doing the other side of this and giving boys dolls and kitchen sets, that is never mentioned.
In a video making the rounds this week, the president joins First Lady Michelle Obama to present gifts to the Marine's Toys for Tots program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. When it's time to sort the toys into "boy" boxes and "girl" boxes, President Obama goes against the grain.
"You know what? I just want to make sure some girls play some ball," he says as he places a basketball in the girls bin.
A few moments later, "T-ball? Girls like T-ball." And into the girls bin goes the Little Tikes set.
At one point Obama appears to catch flak from the crowd of onlookers for placing a toy tool kit in the girls bin.
"Girls don't like toys?" he replies.
And just like that, the president gamely knocks down our ridiculous notions of gendered playthings, and offers a handy blueprint for anyone who catches heat for playing with a toy marketed at the other sex.