Oh my: Obama White House paying women employees less than men?

posted at 4:10 pm on April 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

Look on the bright side, David Axelrod. This Beacon story might finally distract people from that instantly infamous photo of the all-white staff at Hopenchange HQ.

Why does our president hate women?

Female employees in the Obama White House make considerably less than their male colleagues, records show.

According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).

The Obama campaign on Wednesday lashed out at presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney for his failure to immediately endorse the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, a controversial law enacted in 2009 that made it easier to file discrimination lawsuits…

It is not known whether any female employees at the White House have filed lawsuits under the Ledbetter Act.

Follow the link for Beacon reporter Andrew Stiles having fun revisiting The One’s various other slights to women over the years, from his all-male golf outings to former communications director Anita Dunn describing attitudes in the White House as fitting “all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.” Some of the things O’s taken heat for in this vein are overblown — this one pops to mind — but I’m keen to hear them explain why there’s an income disparity among their own staff. In some industries there may be a nondiscriminatory reason for a gender gap in pay, e.g., men may be overrepresented in jobs that require lots of strength or dangerous duties, which in turn may pay better because of the risk. But that’s surely not the case in the cubicle utopia of the West Wing. The most obvious explanation in an office setting is that men tend to earn more because there are more of them in senior positions. Is that true, champ? If so, how come?


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But I bet they get fee bc when they need it?
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letget on April 11, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Heh. Good luck touting that Lily Ledbetter Act, champ.

Doughboy on April 11, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Bamm – how’s that war on women thing working out for you?

msmveritas on April 11, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Time to shove that ‘war on women’ shinola right back in their faces.

changer1701 on April 11, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Karma. It’s whats for dinner.

BigGator5 on April 11, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Sweet … Rule number 4 in action.

Lost in Jersey on April 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Romney should have a television ad up on this by tomorrow. Whether he will or not is another story, but he should.

amerpundit on April 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

I’ve got to hand it to Romney for taking it so hard to Obama on this, even if his main attack line is TRUE BUT FALSE. (Heh.)

By the end of the week, the Democrats will stop talking about the “war on women.”

KingGold on April 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Allahpundit comes out swinging and lands a devastating punch to the gut.

John the Libertarian on April 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM

ObaMao and the Dim-o-crats: Reliably hypocritical.

cicerone on April 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

True, but false.

Rohall1215 on April 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

It is not known whether any female employees at the White House have filed lawsuits under the Ledbetter Act.

And lived to tell about it.

Bitter Clinger on April 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

This should twist Carney into a pretzel as he explains.

a capella on April 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Do as I say, not as I do. It’s the Marxist way.

Rational Thought on April 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Cooks and housekeepers are cheap?

*ducks*

lorien1973 on April 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Way too good to check.

Red Cloud on April 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM

War on the womens. :-(

cynccook on April 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Oh my: Obama White House paying women employees less than men?

Yeah, but they’re getting free contraceptives and birth control pills.

TXUS on April 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

False but True.

Ukiah on April 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Something I’m missing here?

Whats wrong with that?

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

M240H on April 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Romney should have a television ad up on this by tomorrow. Whether he will or not is another story, but he should.

amerpundit on April 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM

I have my issues with Mittens, but he and his team are pretty good at taking it to Obama. They’ve already hit back on the disproportionate percentage of women who’ve lost their jobs compared to men during the Obama Presidency. This is just more fuel they can add to the fire.

Doughboy on April 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Is that true, champ? If so, how come?

How come ?
It’s Bush’s fault .
See! easy peesy

burrata on April 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM

How much for the women?

Lost in Jersey on April 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM

He looks like a TV evangelist in that picture.

Oh, wait. He is. Leader of the Church of Government. Silly me.

Bitter Clinger on April 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Apparently Obama just wants them barefoot and pregnant in the White House kitchen. What next, Mr. President…rolling back their right to vote? Why do you hate women so?

changer1701 on April 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Normally I’d ride to the rescue here to point out that this statistic is pretty much bogus given the lack of differentiation on experience and responsibilities and whatnot.

But screw ‘em. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Red Cloud on April 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

M240H on April 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

That’s kind of you, but it’s just not the same.

L4L the clairvoyant would most likely have written that it’s okay because Obama cares more about women than that stupid Mormon Romney, who cares about only his wives.

KingGold on April 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

What we need are a few whistleblowers to come foward and tell us all how Obama really treats women. Unfortunately that will never happen. I’m sure Obama and Axelrod have the name and address of where all these women’s children attend school. Far fetched? Nah, we’ve seen their act. Egotistical Bullies.

fogw on April 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Of course it’s Bush’s fault, don’t ya know.

crazywater on April 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Lets break it down my race too. That ought to be really interesting.

aniptofar on April 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Apparently Obama just wants them barefoot and pregnant in the White House kitchen. What next, Mr. President…rolling back their right to vote? Why do you hate women so?

changer1701 on April 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

No, no. No pregnancies allowed. We have free contraceptives for that. And if that fails, we have abortion on demand. And if that fails, we just let the baby die in a closet.

Bitter Clinger on April 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Shocked I am…///
Dem’s war on women
Dem’s war on successful people
Dem’s war on minorities
Dem’s war on the Constitution
Dem’s war on freedom
Dem’s war on the middle class
Basically the Dem’s are the ones who are against everyone who is not on the Gubmint dole.

dentarthurdent on April 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I was under the impression the most expensive salary in the White House was Michelle Obama’s.

portlandon on April 11, 2012 at 4:24 PM

But is their birth control paid for? That is the important question.

bopbottle on April 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I was under the impression the most expensive salary in the White House was Michelle Obama’s.

portlandon on April 11, 2012 at 4:24 PM

She sure gets the most expensive benefits.

Bitter Clinger on April 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Comrade Barry’s cheeks are showing.

joe btfsplk on April 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

The, uhh position…of the women…in the movement is, uhh prone broke.

/Barack “Stokely” Obama

Nom de Boom on April 11, 2012 at 4:26 PM

And if that fails, we just let the baby die in a closet.

Bitter Clinger on April 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Or a trash pail.

“I’m State Senator Barack Obama, and I approve this message.”

KingGold on April 11, 2012 at 4:26 PM

How much for the women?

Lost in Jersey on April 11, 2012 at 4:20 PM

All of them or just the leettle girls…?

dentarthurdent on April 11, 2012 at 4:26 PM

No, no. No pregnancies allowed. We have free contraceptives for that. And if that fails, we have abortion on demand. And if that fails, we just let the baby die in a closet.

Bitter Clinger on April 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Right, my bad. Hopefully they’re at least around to fix him a sandwich, though.

changer1701 on April 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I expect the RNC to come out with an ad hammering Obama on this hipocrisy in swing states tomorrow.

And Romney better start hamemring Obama on this point.

This is too rich. A guy campaigning that Republicans dont care about women’s issues is paying women less than men. You cannot make it up.

milcus on April 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Right, my bad. Hopefully they’re at least around to fix him a sandwich, though.

changer1701 on April 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM

A Michelle-approved sandwich, that is.

Bitter Clinger on April 11, 2012 at 4:28 PM

“…— but I’m keen to hear them explain why there’s an income disparity among their own staff.”

Zimmerman…!!!

/

Seven Percent Solution on April 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Raises for all White House female workers in 3…2…1…

TXUS on April 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Sonia Sotomayor
Elena Kagan
Hilary Clinton

Mmm...Burritos on April 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM

White House… S l u t s ?

KOOLAID2 on April 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I’m sure there’s a perfectly good explanation for this. My guess is that the women just have less experience on average and therefore lower pay – because the Regime likes to hire the young hot ones.

forest on April 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Bill Clinton raped a woman. Dropped trou in front of a state employee and said “kiss it.” Had a long-term fling while governor, and told her to “lie, lie, lie” about it. Sexually assaulted a woman who came to him for help. And had dalliances with an intern/subordinant in the Oval Office.

And yet NOW and the lib ladies loved him.

So what’s a little pay disparity for women in the WH?

Meh. Par for the course (which is the only way 0 will EVER get par)

iurockhead on April 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM

If I had a daughter, she’d look like one of Obama’s underpaid employees.

KingGold on April 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM

When will the Democrats stop their war against women?

itsspideyman on April 11, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Looks like O’ssain has mommy issues
:O

burrata on April 11, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Wait for the ricochet.

jaime on April 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM

The irony, it burns.

crosspatch on April 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM

A Michelle-approved sandwich, that is.

Bitter Clinger on April 11, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Indeed. I’m sure Valerie Jarrett makes time to shop for the proper fixin’s…after she’s done his laundry, that is.

changer1701 on April 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM

If I had a daughter, she’d look like one of Obama’s underpaid employees.

KingGold on April 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM

That would truly make a great campaign ad.

Quotes from the article and Mitt Romney coming on the air and saying “If I had a daughter, she would look like one of Obama’s female employees who makes 20% less than her male counterparts for equal work”

milcus on April 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM

The most unqualified, lying, hypocritical president in our nation’s history. He is totally incapable of the truth.

volsense on April 11, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Nothing really new here. See the following from years ago:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2008/09/is-mccains-sena/
http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/07/barack_obama_and_equal_pay_for.html

Bottom line: Obama hates women and is waging war on them.

WarEagle01 on April 11, 2012 at 4:36 PM

That would truly make a great campaign ad.

milcus on April 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Sadly, no. The media would throw a snit-fit about comparing pay equity to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager faster than you can say “caterpillar women.”

It works for snark. Not in a campaign.

KingGold on April 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM

talking of the war on women….the Romney ad in the general is writing itself :-)…oh, sorry, what were they saying again about Romney losing the women vote coz of the contraception issue, as opposed to Obama winning them because we all know he’s all for equal pay and he puts his money where his pie hole is :-)…

jimver on April 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Indeed. I’m sure Valerie Jarrett makes time to shop for the proper fixin’s…after she’s done his laundry, that is.

changer1701 on April 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Valerie’s probably the exception. She’s probably making pretty good coin. At least, she ought to. She’s hung in there and defended this idiot the whole 3 1/2 years.

Bitter Clinger on April 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Obama’s war on women … when will it stop?

darwin on April 11, 2012 at 4:39 PM

“It’s okay that we pay women less and keep them barefoot in the kitchen because, hey, on-demand abortions and BC!” – Typical Liberal Democrat

Good Solid B-Plus on April 11, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Bill Clinton raped a woman. Dropped trou in front of a state employee and said “kiss it.” Had a long-term fling while governor, and told her to “lie, lie, lie” about it. Sexually assaulted a woman who came to him for help. And had dalliances with an intern/subordinant in the Oval Office.

And yet NOW and the lib ladies loved him.

So what’s a little pay disparity for women in the WH?

Meh. Par for the course (which is the only way 0 will EVER get par)

iurockhead on April 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Oh my goodness I bow to your magnificence! Nothing could have better summarized the way things really work in the supposed woman-friendly party than this comment.

In fact, the pass that was given to Bill Clinton for his (probably criminal) behavior is what set me on the path to conservatism. I still remember with clarity how revolting the whole thing was.

Fafhrd on April 11, 2012 at 4:42 PM

So none of these gals need worry about the ‘buffett’ tax hike for them on their taxes? No filthy rich in working at the wh, except jarrett?

Guess these gals pay ‘more’ than bho does on his taxes as he keeps bringing up buffetts secretary?
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letget on April 11, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Gee, one would never look at the likes of obama or axelrod (with his hitler mustache) and see misogynist hypocrites.

Never never never….lol.

With those buttons at the top of the comment box we need a tag to go along with strong, emphasis, etc that clearly identifies snark and sarcasm.

Wolfmoon on April 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

The Help II: Washington Boogaloo

portlandon on April 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

BAHAHA Good luck getting NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, or MSNBC to mention it.

Wagthatdog on April 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

This is Obama’s worst nightmare in action. We’re going to see 6 months of this kind of very effective counter-attack as Democrat memes are destroyed. Mitt’s tied with Obama and the campaign is just starting.

Basilsbest on April 11, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I propose LOWERING the male salaries to equal the omen salaries. We don’t need to give odumbo another reason to spend our money.

lakeman on April 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Women(sorry)

lakeman on April 11, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Sadly, no. The media would throw a snit-fit about comparing pay equity to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager faster than you can say “caterpillar women.”

It works for snark. Not in a campaign.

KingGold on April 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM

If the media wants to go there, I am sure Newt would have no problems telling them off. It was the media that made the Trayvon case about race, and it was the President that interjected race into the debate.

And it is the President and media that are pretending that Republicans are waging a war on women.

Doing this would make a mockery out of Obama and his cheerleaders at CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, Washington Post, NYT, LAT, etc…

milcus on April 11, 2012 at 4:46 PM

HAW HAW! /muntz

Chuck Schick on April 11, 2012 at 4:49 PM

The Help II: Washington Boogaloo

portlandon on April 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

lol

cicerone on April 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Sweet another True But False rating coming soon!

somnicide on April 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Guys, guys, guys. No worries. I’m sure they pimp out Bill Clinton to the women as a benefit to cover the gap in pay.

robertlbryant on April 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Something I’m missing here?

Whats wrong with that?

liberal4life on April 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

M240H on April 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

..yee gads! It’s risen and haunts us from beyond the grave!

(Should get us used to all of the dead people that The Chicago Jesus will have voting for him in November, though.)

The War Planner on April 11, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Guys, guys, guys. No worries. I’m sure they pimp out Bill Clinton to the women as a benefit to cover the gap in pay.

robertlbryant on April 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM

..or give ‘em all free rubbers.

Wha-a-a-a-t? It’s rainy in DC in the Summertime.

The War Planner on April 11, 2012 at 4:56 PM

In fact, the pass that was given to Bill Clinton for his (probably criminal) behavior is what set me on the path to conservatism. I still remember with clarity how revolting the whole thing was.

Fafhrd on April 11, 2012 at 4:42 PM

This didn’t start me on the Conservative Road, but it sure closed off any gates heading back the other direction.

AesopFan on April 11, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Raises for all White House female workers in 3…2…1…

TXUS on April 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Better would be raises for the women and equal pay cuts for the men. That way they don’t have to raise the women’s pay as much to get parity.

The real question is always who determines what equal pay for equal work is. I mean what parameters determines equal work, when they aren’t doing the same work, otherwise there is no need for half of them.

Dasher on April 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Obowma to create another straw’man (woman) to distract…

… faster than you can say furious!

:)

Seven Percent Solution on April 11, 2012 at 5:01 PM

BAHAHA Good luck getting NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, or MSNBC to mention it.

Wagthatdog on April 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

he’ll probably increase their pay by a few cents over the next days, so that the said networks can broadcast their eulogy about the ‘revolutionary changes’ in the WH pay policies under Dear Leader :-)…

jimver on April 11, 2012 at 5:03 PM

propose LOWERING the male salaries to equal the omen salaries. We don’t need to give odumbo another reason to spend our money.

lakeman on April 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Watch out…. that’ll be his next rose garden proposal! :P

itsspideyman on April 11, 2012 at 5:03 PM

If I had a daughter, she’d look like one of Obama’s underpaid employees.

KingGold on April 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Love that one!

I will never tire of the parodies that will be made off of that outrageous statement by Obama.

jazzuscounty on April 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I have my issues with Mittens, but he and his team are pretty good at taking it to Obama. They’ve already hit back on the disproportionate percentage of women who’ve lost their jobs compared to men during the Obama Presidency. This is just more fuel they can add to the fire.

Yes, IF it is even reported on by the MSM. I refuse to watch any of the MSM, so I wouldn’t know one way or the other.

matthew8787 on April 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I seem to recall his female staff on his campaign made considerably less in 2008 as well. McCain’s staff was paid equally with more women in senior positions. Hmmm…don’t think he should have gone there.

JAM on April 11, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Look on the bright side, David Axelrod. This Beacon story might finally distract people from that instantly infamous photo of the all-white staff at Hopenchange HQ.
=================================

Finally some real Transparency!
(sarc).

canopfor on April 11, 2012 at 5:12 PM

“Well, Bush had a 32184824284% difference in pay between his male and female employees. We only have about a 18% difference, so…..Like, yeah.” -Current Administration

Wait for it…

cantaffordcollege on April 11, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Obama guilty of hypocrisy? Again?

GarandFan on April 11, 2012 at 5:16 PM

A Michelle-approved sandwich, that is.

Bitter Clinger on April 11, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Can’t be a ham sandwich, though. We must not offend Muslim sensibilities, or something.

Moose Drool on April 11, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Look on the bright side. There are no “men” working at the WH to sexually harass them. Doesn’t that make up for lower wages? You can’t have everything.

arnold ziffel on April 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

A Michelle-approved sandwich, that is.

Bitter Clinger on April 11, 2012 at 4:28 PM

There are ones she approves for herself, and the ones for us rubes.

arnold ziffel on April 11, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Yes, IF it is even reported on by the MSM. I refuse to watch any of the MSM, so I wouldn’t know one way or the other.

matthew8787 on April 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM

it doesn’t need to be reported as ‘news’…all they (Romney camp and his PACs) have to do is put it all in ads, and then buy ad time with these networks…it’s how they make a living) …

jimver on April 11, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Obama guilty of hypocrisy? Again?

GarandFan on April 11, 2012 at 5:16 PM

what, the fairest redistributor and lover of da women, da poor and da underprivileged a hypocrite? noooo :-)…

jimver on April 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Caption:

“Ladies, ladies…”

Ward Cleaver on April 11, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Equal pay for equal shirking of work!

malclave on April 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

“the only position for wimmins in the obama administration is prone.”

the revolutionary vanguard hasn’t changed much since the 60s- the white radical males claimed to be feminists so they wouldn’t be cut off from the free love and the black panthers didn’t even promote that lame fig leaf over their opinions about women.

it’s real apparent what tree barry fell from.

mittens on April 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

“war on women”, my ass. I only know two women that will vote for obaka, and they are, sadly, relatives who would never vote GOP for POTUS. Every other woman I know, whether they work or a stay at home mom, hates obaka.

ladyingray on April 11, 2012 at 5:53 PM

LOL…this is gonna totally backfire on liberals. They wanted a war on woman, and they are the worst offenders. BTW, how are blacks and latinos doing under Obama?

rubberneck on April 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

the same is likely true for most of the private sector . . .this is old news . . .how many women did Bain employ and how much did they earn vis-a-vis their male counterparts (that question is bound to be asked by someone)….get ready for it.

Pragmatic on April 11, 2012 at 6:07 PM

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