After a report from the Washington Post about how the White House was not practicing what it preaches on the issue of “equal pay”, new White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest had this to say when questioned at today’s press breifing:
— POLITICO (@politico) July 2, 2014
The Hill provides a more detailed accounting of Earnest’s answer:
The White House still has “more work to do” on equal pay for women who work for the president, press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday.
Earnest was pressed by a Washington Post analysis of staff salaries that showed women at the White House make 88 cents for every dollar earned by men. While female West Wing staffers are paid the same salaries as men when they hold the same jobs, men are more likely to hold higher-level, better-paid staff positions.
“I think you could use that statistic to indicate that the White House has some improvement to make along that measure,” Earnest said.
But the White House spokesman argued that the White House outperformed the private sector, where women make just 77 cents to every dollar made by a man.
“The White House is doing appreciably better than the country is more broadly, but we still have more work to do at the White House,” Earnest said.
“I wouldn’t hold up the White House as the perfect example here, but we are an example of an organization that is making an effort and enjoying some success in making sure that there are women who get equal pay for equal work and women who have an opportunity to advance their careers here at the White House,” he continued. “And I think our record, when judged by that standard, holds up very, very well.”
LOL! As always, this is the “Say One Thing, Do Something Different” administration. Has there been any major issue they’ve brought before Congress and the American people since 2008 that they haven’t later found to be flaming hypocrites on? I can’t think of any …