WTF Friday Facepalm



Obama: Equal pay for first ladies too

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.

As for equal pay at the White House:

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”?


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114 Responses to WTF Friday Facepalm

    • Jeffhas says:

      This dovetails nicely with the DWS question on abortion from Rand Paul. If the GOP can keep this track of questioning up, people might start to compare and contrast… Or maybe they’ll just keep following the Kardashians on Twitter… Oh well.

      “Madame Secretary, is it more important for the next President to attend a Gay Wedding or destroy ISIS who throws gays off of cliffs to their deaths?”

      Somehow I can’t see Candy Crowley asking that question.

    • driguana says:

      This is very interesting but he does not answer the “gay” question posed. I keep coming back to the idea of “embrace” that the GOP needs to, how shall I say, embrace. Even if he is a staunch Christian who loves all people, why can’t he answer “sure, I’ll attend a gay wedding of a friend or loved one because I love them…..I don’t personally believe in it but, sure, i’d attend”. Bingo…off the media hook. This is not difficult. These GOP candidates continue to decry the media but then continue to twist the answers themselves. Embrace straight forward.

      • DandyTIger says:

        Agree. I can only imagine they’re afraid of alienating the religious right in the early primary days. But to me it’s one of those tests of character and guts.

      • DeniseVB says:

        It’s sad to think the media gave Obama passes in ’08 for fudging answers on social issues, yet they insist on portraying the GOP candidates as bigoted homophobes. The GOP candidates need to take a few pages of “straight forward” from Sarah’s playbook of Ninja Star Tossing and a Quiver Full of Darts and Arrows. 🙂

        • lyn says:

          ^This^ That’s why I don’t care whether Cruz would attend a gay wedding or not. It’s hypothetical BS. Leave it to the states is the best answer.

          • DeniseVB says:

            I decided the young guns need to pull out their heavy armor. Responding to gay wedding questions (which ARE stupid) they should answer with a question “would you go to a gay tossing from a high building? The Clinton Foundation takes money from those countries, ask them” Probably why nobody’s hired me as a campaign manager ? 😉

      • Jeffhas says:

        See, i think just answering that question about attending a gay wedding – which was not asked by Hugh – is allowing the narrative to be about Gay Weddings, which no one really gives a cr*p about anymore… unless you’re uber intolerant and want to paint yourself as such (I mean if you have a gay friend or loved one, haven’t you already crossed that bridge?)

        It’s the question that Hugh asks that gives REAL context – What is more important? In the Grand Scheme of the world at large and personal freedoms for human beings – Is it more important to attend a Gay Wedding or Stop Gays from being thrown off cliffs to their deaths just because they’re gay?

        If all you do is embrace the Gay wedding, you never discuss the bigger question of Muslim Fundamentalism which is CLEARLY more dangerous to gay people and all individual-freedom loving peoples. These are the questions the biased media will not ask – so, like Rand Paul did – ask the media to ask the bigger question, then you’ll answer their smaller question…. Otherwise if you answer their small question, no one will ever answer the big questions.

  1. HELENK3 says:

    just curious
    , how much should a woman get paid that needs 27 people to dress her and she still does not look good?
    How much for a woman whose idea of healthy eating costs more and the food ends up in the garbage can?
    How much for a woman who when on foreign trips paid for by the US citizens embarrasses them?

  2. DeniseVB says:

    That Target photo still cracks me up. AP photographers always hang around discount stores hoping to catch glimpses of First Ladies. Isn’t that where the short “racist” customer asked MO for help with a high shelf item ? Not because she’s 6 feet tall, but because she was an oppressed race or something?

    I don’t mind paying FLOTUS’ a salary as long as they pay for their own office staff, housekeeping, cooks and bottle washers. And vacation and fundraising travels. Fine with me.

  3. Lulu says:

    This is why they are money grubbing grifters. I thought when they floated this six years ago that nothing anywhere says she couldn’t have a paying job while he was in the WH. If they were that broke or in debt she could stay in Chicago and work. If her time is so valuable go get a paid gig. No one would care. But wife of prez is not a constitutional office and if the expense account and freebies isn’t enough then get the hell out.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I was impressed Jill Biden continued working as a teacher, not sure what she’s doing now except show up for photo ops now and then with MO.

      • Lulu says:

        Jill Biden Likes to Work. And she was apparently pretty good at it too. None of this applies to Mooch or Bronco.

        • DeniseVB says:

          A recent article about Jill says she’s a full time English professor. Good on her !

          I think I’ll write her a letter with my idea of ending high school in 10th grade and making 11 and 12 “community college”. That is AP classes for the smarties and Vocational for the at risk kids. Those in between can choose vocational or a general high school degree (which is basically what CC’s are a continuation of).

  4. Dora says:

    Pardon me for not knowing what ‘bottoming’ means – (I admit that I lead a pretty boring life) – but Hillary seems to be attracting new supporters.

    San Francisco bottoms unite for Hillary

  5. Dora says:

    Even MSNBC Cracks On Hillary: Events “Staged”, “She’s Been Living In A Protective Cocoon For 30 Years”

  6. Myiq2xu says:

    Video: Italian police arrest 15 after Muslim refugees throw 12 Christians overboard – Hot Air

  7. DeniseVB says:

    I usually don’t pay attention to the media nitpicking Hillary’s campaign, it’s what the media does. BUT, when MSNDNC does it….. ? Hmmmmm? #WAR

    • lildoggy4u says:

      Her intention wasn’t to snub the everyday people but rather the hysterical media that was hovering over the same. I bet everyone of those everyday people were placed there by the stoopid media morons. I hope she keeps it up. I love nothing more than seeing these media idiots running and begging for a soundbite. You can bet their bosses were hollering at them to get something, anything.

  8. mothy67 says:

    Something happen with wordpress? Is it a 3 million upgrade? I find it harder to read.

  9. swanspirit says:

    You brought back the one statement that Michelle made, that told me who she was. Someone who thinks that a woman in a relationship is responsible for what her husband does,or vice versa , is so misguided, I do not even know where to begin.
    As a nurse, I have worked with many women. The women with that mindset are controlling, judgmental, almost always vindictive , and incredibly difficult to work with. They are never wrong , and if you cross them, or even if they think you cross them, there will be hell to pay and you will be the one paying it.
    Of course she thinks she should be paid. For her , being First Lady is a job for her, not a perk . If she has to participate in anything that interferes with what she wants to do. And it seems what she wants is a permanent , paid vacation . To Spain with thirty of her closest friends.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Who needs a laugh? 😀

  11. DeniseVB says:

    This fluff piece (the original article) caused a disturbance in the force recently by comparing military kids to Malia and Sasha. She probably meant it to be tongue-in-cheek, but that backfired 😀

  12. insanelysane says:

    The hypocrisy is what is most gulling.

  13. leslie says:

    I just hung up the phone from a call from the Friends of Hillary (or some such name. He first thanked me for my past support and then asked for my “continued support” for Hillary for president. I calmly said I won’t support her nor would I vote for her if she were the only person running. He asked why, and I said, “the first thing that comes to mind is Benghazi”.
    He: “What do you mean? It wasn’t only her fault that Benghazi happened.”
    Me: “What she said after Benghazi happened was definitely her fault. She lied. Then she said “What difference, in fact, does it make.”
    Me: I also said, I also think she should have stayed in the Senate where she could have opposed him, but she joined the Obama administration instead.”
    He: “She was advancing her career. That is important.”
    Me: “She should have been serving her country, not advancing her own career.”
    He: “Well she did what she had to do.”
    Me: “No. She did what she wanted to do.”
    He: “Wont you support Hillary. If she were to become President, this would be the highest position she could reach in her public life.”
    Me: “No I won’t. If she were truly interested in the welfare of the US, she would not be asking for people to help with her career moves. She would have served in the Senate. But she didn’t. She put her career ahead of all other interests. And if for no other reason that is what will ultimately stop me from ever voting again for Hillary Clinton.”
    At this point I said good-bye and hung up.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      I could have a lot of fun but those types never call me.

      Or maybe they do – I don’t answer the phone unless I know who it is, and most of the time not then either.

      • leslie says:

        I usually don’t answer the phone, either. But I just had a cable repair person in and I thought it was the cable company. Color me shocked when it was the Hillary campaign. It wasn’t fun as much as disappointing that his talking points were: to blame someone else for Benghazi, to anticipate I was going to criticize her for not having a floor fight at the 2008 convention (I didn’t include that part above.), and finally to say that her career rather than the good of the country was at stake and on her mind. That was probably the only truth they were prepared for. The just don’t know how self-centered ugly sounding that is.

        • Dora says:

          Your answers were great Leslie. I doubt that I could have answered so calmly and thoughtfully. I would have been sputtering with anger at some of his questions. Good job.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            In the days before caller ID and answering machines you just had to take a chance and answer the phone. I got to talk to a lot of telemarketers that way. My goal was to be the most memorable call they ever made (without doing anything illegal).

            “What’s it like to be a telemarketer?”

            “Mostly boring. But there was this one guy . . .”

            When I first went back to college I was living with my mom and the Sears Siding salespeople called everyday asking for her. So one time instead of telling them she wasn’t at home I just said “The judge said she’s not allowed to use the phone anymore since the incident.”

            And a new past time was born.

          • HELENK3 says:

            this is an oldie but a goodie. I still laugh when I hear it

        • 1539days says:

          It’s not a good sign when the campaign is already prepared for all the Hillary supporters who don’t support her anymore. I think the worst part is that Hillary really believed just because Obama was a Democrat, he couldn’t screw up the country that bad.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        😆 Sounds like me.

  14. leslie says:

    Wow. just look at the number of hits you’ve had since yesterday at this time….

  15. Dora says:

    I could never, never, never vote for him either!

    Jeb Bush: Confirm Lynch; There Should Be Deference to POTUS

    • DeniseVB says:

      Deference to the Potus is such b.s. with both parties The job of the Congress is to approve qualified, knowledgable appointees not hell bent on destroying the country not donor bundler buddies. Lynch was suggested to Obama by Al Sharpton fer crissakes.

    • 1539days says:

      Well, now we know what kind of authoritarian presidency we’d get with Jeb Bush.

  16. Myiq2xu says:

    I am offended by their apology.

  17. mcnorman says:

    IMHO MOTUS has used up that yearly salary draw in those 27+ hires that keep her gussied up.

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  19. HELENK3 says:

    Multiple victims reported after a gas line was struck near a Fresno, Calif., gun range, police say – @corinhoggard

    this is weird

  20. DeniseVB says:

    F******kity***f***k. Tried to put up a lovely Friday Night Open TCH Thread, it gave me NO space to comment on, just Title/Publish. So here’s my f***kin video…enjoy the f**k out of it ❤

    • leslie says:

      Thanks, you know I will.
      As I was protesting the amount I “owed” the IRS on Tuesday, I was listening to Les Mis and sharing the pain. ❤

  21. Myiq2xu says:

  22. HELENK3 says:

    by the time backtrack is out of office, race relations will be ungodly

  23. HELENK3 says:

    your girl’s music shows up everywhere

  24. threewickets says:

    Does anybody remember the gigantic I/P battles that used to take place around 2009 on Puma sites. Not so much on TC, although there was that one monster thread. Was thinking more on the other PumaPac sites. Can’t remember if the I-side decided to go with Team Obama, or if it was the other way. I think back then the I-side Pumas decided to throw in with Team Obama and the juicebox mafia etc. But I wanted to check.

  25. Dora says:

    This does not bode well for 2016. Who’s going to fix it or even care? Makes me wonder why I should even bother voting.

  26. Lulu says:

    The Vile Progs are getting nervous. After bombarding any and all voters with horrific abuse for not “thinking” correctly, the hyper-partisan Milibank is having second thoughts. He uses the miserable human being Alan Grayson (he withholds money from his ex-wife and children who escaped being under his bootheel and physical threats of violence and live in poverty) as being FORCED to be hyper-partisan. ““Essentially there are no undecided voters. Everybody has picked a team. The only question is, do your guys vote or not?” Grayson explained. What matters, he said, is “what side are you on?” It is the electorate’s fault. The public is stupid and ill informed. No where does Milibank say it may be because of ideologues like himself.

    So why is Milibank, a sneering, elitist, functionary, quoting a rotten piece of work like Grayson, a multi-millionaire who is fairly mainstream in the current Harry Reid/Bronco school of Dem politics/pecking order? To claim that “tribalism” is ruining politics. Tribalism? The tribe that threw out a large portion of it’s active members for not being pure enough for Obama? The tribe that divides citizens by race, sex, region, sexual preference, age. That tribe? The tribe that lost state and local elections in the areas they labeled ignorant and unwashed in 2010 and 2014 and has no one but washed up, rich, spoiled geriatrics leading it and running for national office in 2016? The comments to Milibank’s balloon floating are even more elucidating. Vicious, bigoted, close minded, and ignorant. The knee jerk bitching of the left. Which of course has driven their ideology for decades. Failure and rejection whether in politics or any endeavor is someone else’s fault. If they couldn’t feel superior somehow they might have to live with their own inadequacies and do something about it. Now they need someone to blame for their implosion. Their original targets are so very convenient and predictable. How desperate and selfish that tribe of losers.

  27. Dora says:

    VIDEO: Students shred Social Security cards to receive in-state tuition offered to illegal immigrants

  28. Dora says:

    I guess the lesson here is to just not believe anything reported on NBC.

    NBC Revises Story of Kidnapped News Crew, Reporter Admits He Had No Proof of ‘One of His Captors Lying Dead’

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