One of Barack Obama’s best qualities is that of family man. I’m sincere about that; the Obamas have done a very good job (with a couple of notable exceptions) of keeping their children out of the limelight and avoiding personal scandal in the White House. However, Obama apparently has more family than we first thought:
President Obama, speaking last night in Chicago at a fundraiser at a private home, unloaded this bombshell:
Obama, according to the White House transcript, talked about “The first bill I signed — a bill that said that we’re going to have equal pay for equal work because I want my daughters treated the same way as my sons.”
Sons? What sons? How many? Where? Names? Do the girls know? (More importantly, does Michelle?)
After spending the last three years bragging about passing the Lily Ledbetter Act, a minor piece of legislation that doesn’t say that we’ll have equal pay for equal work but just extended the statute of limitations for discriminatory-pay lawsuits, Obama would have the boilerplate language down pat. Of course, one would also think that Obama would know better than to claim to have sons in an attempt to underscore one of his political arguments.
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