White House: Do as we say, not as we do on that gender pay gap thing

posted at 4:51 pm on July 2, 2014 by Noah Rothman

As Ed Morrissey observed this morning, President Barack Obama remains doggedly focused on eliminating the supposed gender pay gap in the United States. “Just how infuriating is this to Obama?” Morrissey asked. “It’s so infuriating that, er, his White House still has the same gender pay gap that it’s had since the beginning of his term.”

That’s right. A Washington Post story published on Wednesday revealed that the White House doesn’t live up to its own standards for the rest of America.

One of the key reasons is that more men hold the highest-paying, senior jobs in the White House, and more women hold the lowest-paying, junior jobs. Today, there are 87 male White House officials who make more than $100,000, compared to 53 female White House officials. The gap narrows, but persists, at the highest echelons of the White House.

The White House received a rare scolding from the press for its use of a misleading calculation which suggests that women continue to make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. Reporters noted that, by this same imperfect calculation, women who work in the White House also make less than their male counterparts.

Acknowledging the controversy over the administration’s nakedly political attempt to sow the seeds of discontent between American women and their employers, the president’s official twitter account took to insisting that the gender pay gap was no myth:

On Wednesday, however, White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest displayed refreshing candor when he confirmed that the Post’s report was accurate and the White House does not live up to its own standards:

Even though the White House was caught in this display of contempt for the country’s intelligence, Earnest still found time to scold the nation for not living up to the administration’s impossible standards:

“The statistics that cited about the country is about 77 cents on the dollar and here at the White House it’s 88 cents on the dollar,” Earnest said. “So the White House is doing appreciatively better than the country as more broadly. But we still have work to do at the White House.”

You have to admire the gall of an administration that admits it cannot be held to the standards it imposes on others, and it shouldn’t be. Even Jimmy Carter turned down the heat and wore sweaters during the 1977 energy crisis. There are no sweaters available for the Obama administration in this case because the crisis they are agitating that the nation address simply does not exist.

It is a rare moment when White House officials admit to such brazen hypocrisy, so savor it. You will probably not see its like again soon.


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It is a rare moment when White House officials admit to such brazen hypocrisy, so savor it. You will probably not see its like again soon.

Goodness, I hope so.

ladyingray on July 2, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Oh geez, another Rothman piece. I really have to start looking at that By: line before I click on the link.

Meople on July 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Good post this time. I fully expect the Ds to run with “income inequality” and the war on women once again, despite this obvious hypocrisy.

cat_owner on July 2, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Count it, the new press sec has now told more truths than Jay Carney ever did…

hillsoftx on July 2, 2014 at 5:05 PM

That’s right. A Washington Post story published on Wednesday revealed that the White House doesn’t live up to its own standards for the rest of America.

So, I’m guessing that nobody is madder than Obama tonight. Nobody.

Happy Nomad on July 2, 2014 at 5:10 PM

The more equal pigs in DC can do whatever they want….

dentarthurdent on July 2, 2014 at 5:11 PM

It is a rare moment when White House officials admit to such brazen hypocrisy, so savor it. You will probably not see its like again soon.

New guy behind the podium. Mistakes will be made.

Happy Nomad on July 2, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Yeah. Josh’ll be gone by labor day

ConservativePartyNow on July 2, 2014 at 5:18 PM

The pay inequality issue is a farce anyway.
When I was on the town council in 1998, we had a town clerk who quit, and then sued the town for discrimination because she was not paid as much as the (male) Chief of Police and Director of Public Works. She had been in her office 9 to 5 job for 5 years, and the other 2 guys had been in their jobs for 20 years. And she had actually written the town’s latest pay policy update that specified pay scales according to time in service with the town.

THAT’S the libtard perspective on “pay inequality”.

dentarthurdent on July 2, 2014 at 5:19 PM

I disagree- we WILL see it again, until they are punished for doing so. (LOL)

Lord Whorfin on July 2, 2014 at 5:19 PM

anyone else wondering why the slug of this article is rand-paul-calls-for-end-of-all-u-s-aid-to-palestinian-authority ?

Timin203 on July 2, 2014 at 5:24 PM

I’m waiting for the White House to focus like a laser on their LGBTCDFFBMS pay gap.

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2014 at 5:25 PM

That’s right. A Washington Post story published on Wednesday revealed that the White House doesn’t live up to its own standards for the rest of America.

So, I’m guessing that nobody is madder than Obama tonight. Nobody.

Happy Nomad on July 2, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Nah, he won’t read about it ’til tomorrow.

Doc Holliday on July 2, 2014 at 5:25 PM

New guy behind the podium. Mistakes will be made.

Happy Nomad on July 2, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Probably in the woodshed as we type with Val-J-J administering the appropriate spanking….

dentarthurdent on July 2, 2014 at 5:26 PM

I think the WH asks the loyal feminist faction to occasionally make some noise on the subject. It diverts from the ongoing criminal actions of the administration, and, at some point when the Obama apple needs polishing (say, in the hot week just before election day), he can ‘evolve’ on the subject and offer a new executive order uplifting all women under federal influence

In other words, this is a staged drama building to the election.

Unless there is another hurricane in Christie’s path, this is being slowly created by the propagandists

Timing is everything

To me the subject is a waste of time because the buzz is being created for a democrat political hit.

They pay their consultants big bucks. They can earn their own paycheck

entagor on July 2, 2014 at 5:26 PM

I’m waiting for the White House to focus like a laser on their LGBTCDFFBMS pay gap.

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2014 at 5:25 PM

I wonder if I can get a better pay raise if I claim to be a transgendered lesbian trapped in a man’s body….

dentarthurdent on July 2, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Dollars to donuts (I really don’t know what that means) that the only reason the WH gap is 88 cents/$1.00 instead of 77 cents is because the pay there is regulated by the federal pay scale.

LASue on July 2, 2014 at 5:28 PM

By the way, does anyone know how that pay inequality issue w/ the fired female editor at the NY Times shook out?

LASue on July 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Who’s keeping track of the number of days we have left with these idiots?

Chuck Schick on July 2, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Hold this administration to the same standards it demands of others?

What a quaint and 20th Century idea.

GarandFan on July 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Something continues to escape my simple mind. What exactly is a “war on women” supposed to look like and why is it that Republicans would want to wage one? Is there supposed to be something about Republicans that makes them hate women… automatically? Does that apply to Republican women as well? It’s never made any sense.

Is it the whole Sandra Fluke free birth control pills thing? That also makes no human sense. I could care less if Sandra Fluke takes birth control pills, uses an IUD instead or does the dirty with a llama in Central Park and takes a “morning after” pill. I simply don’t want to pay for it.

I don’t want to pay for my neighbor’s new car, either, but it doesn’t mean I hate cars.

How do we continue to find ourselves in the midst of a debate based on threshold assumptions that are never tested against simple common sense? It’s the same with immigration “reform.” I might be for or against immigration “reform,” depending on what’s inside the plain brown wrapper.

If “reform” means enforcement of the law, I might be all for it. If it means “Y’all come,” the chance is that I would not be nearly as excited.

This administration is all for disclosing the ingredients of my breakfast burrito, but they refuse to disclose the details of their policies and, instead, hide behind meaningless slogans. We allow them to do it at our peril.

IndieDogg on July 2, 2014 at 5:47 PM

The new Baghdad Bobbi lies as good as the old one.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Don’t know if Valerie Jarrett is a male/female but it makes 178,000/yr, base salary and has its personal security contingent, for NO reason whatever.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 5:57 PM

There are no sweaters available for the Obama administration in this case…

Maybe they could get some of those men making $100K+ to knit some.

Tzetzes on July 2, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Something continues to escape my simple mind. What exactly is a “war on women” supposed to look like and why is it that Republicans would want to wage one? Is there supposed to be something about Republicans that makes them hate women… automatically? Does that apply to Republican women as well? It’s never made any sense.
IndieDogg on July 2, 2014 at 5:47 PM
Good questions.
All I know is I’ve been doing a lot of fraternizing with the enemy.
Lucky for me the GOPe doesn’t have the balls to charge me with treason….

dentarthurdent on July 2, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Don’t know if Valerie Jarrett is a male/female but it makes 178,000/yr, base salary and has its personal security contingent, for NO reason whatever.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2014 at 5:57 PM

She needs security because she’s Barry’s brain.

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2014 at 6:11 PM

“The statistics that cited about the country is about 77 cents on the dollar and here at the White House it’s 88 cents on the dollar,” Earnest said. “So the White House is doing appreciatively better than the country as more broadly. But we still have work to do at the White House.”

It seems that along with hypocrisy and lies, the next most common form of communication from the mendacious White House is to apply a moral equivalency fallacy as justification for their inability to live up to their own demands to end ‘income inequality’.

In fact, rather than call the WH on it’s audacious hypocrisy, the Washington Post also worked to diminish the Administration’s hypocrisy by pointing to ‘high profile promotions in the past year’ of six women.

‘Don’t do as I do, but do as I say’ is little more than another arrogant embrace of fascism by this Administration.

Athos on July 2, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Count it, the new press sec has now told more truths than Jay Carney ever did…

hillsoftx on July 2, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Becoming the country’s top liar has a steep learning curve.

BobMbx on July 2, 2014 at 6:43 PM

So why hasn’t the White House proposed to Congress that legislation be drafted and passed to set the wages of every person working for the Federal Government at an equal wage?

I mean, show how well this can work by showing how the government can ‘do things right’! Make it a truly populist piece of legislation by setting the pay at the average US wage level.

Come on Mr. President, don’t just tell us what to do, show us! Lead by example!

It can’t be that Democrats really don’t believe in income equality, right?

Or maybe Democrats only believe in income equality when talking about what someone else is being paid, when that someone else makes more than they do.

s1im on July 2, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Uncle Saul wept.

formwiz on July 2, 2014 at 6:47 PM

It is a rare moment when White House officials admit to such brazen hypocrisy, so savor it. You will probably not see its like again soon.

Not until tomorrow.

Next week at the latest.

Socratease on July 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Becoming the country’s top liar has a steep learning curve.

BobMbx on July 2, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Now if the Administration had only hired Chuck Todd, they would have been able to bypass that steep learning curve.

I find it so interesting that one can see via the public record of the salary of the Press Secretary, the price that one is willing to take in order to completely flush their personal credibility and integrity down the bowl.

Athos on July 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Obama doesn’t care what you think, say, feel, agree or disagree with.

Walter L. Newton on July 2, 2014 at 7:59 PM

“i wouldn’t hold up the White House as the perfect example here”

Poor Josh! He was so promising, too. He was going to have such a great career… until he criticized the WH chief-of-staff.

He should have said:

“The White House is a special case: it’s just physics, we need more physical strength to carry the bucket-loads of excrement from the Oval office”

virgo on July 3, 2014 at 1:57 AM

Becoming the country’s top liar has a steep learning curve.
BobMbx on July 2, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Obama had to pick a new “LIAR” that he knew would really try to josh us in earnest…especially after the press corps was totally on to Carney’s lame schtick and began beating him up regularly!

Hey …what’s this new toadies named anyways??

BigSven on July 3, 2014 at 9:44 AM