President Barack Obama used anecdotal evidence of his female-dominated household to connect with women during a town hall Wednesday, adding that “there is clearly not equal pay in the White House.”
“Let me say, Michelle would point out that first ladies get paid nothing. So there is clearly not equal pay in the White House, when it comes to her and me,” the President said to the invitation-only audience gathered in Charlotte.
“But before we were in the White House, I wanted to make sure Michelle got paid as much as she could … If she had a bigger paycheck, then that made us able to pay the bills,” Obama said.
They floated this idea six and one-half years ago back when Obama was PEOTUS but it didn’t come directly from his mouth and it got dropped like a hot potato when the reaction from the non-Koolaid drinking public was universally negative. First Lady is not a job, it’s a perk. Even if it was a job I wouldn’t hire her to do it.
As for her last job, that was the one at the University of Chicago Medical Center where she got paid a lot of money to dump poor patients into the street. She got hired when he was a state senator, got a big raise and a promotion when he was elected to the US Senate, worked part time making over $100,000 a year while he ran for POTUS, then when she finally quit they eliminated the position completely.
The White House has not narrowed the gap between the average pay of male and female employees since President Obama’s first year in office, according to a Washington Post analysis of new salary data.
The average male White House employee currently earns about $88,600, while the average female White House employee earns about $78,400, according to White House data released Tuesday. That is a gap of 13 percent.
In 2009, male employees made an average of about $82,000, compared to an average of $72,700 earned by female employees — also a 13 percent wage gap.
Remember when Michelle said “. . . if you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House”?