Obama's 2008 Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, whom Obama accused of being against "equal pay for equal work," paid his female staffers more than he paid his male staffers. McCain's 17 male Senate staffers averaged $53,936, while his 25 females averaged $55,878 -- or $1.04 compared to the men's one dollar.
What about the White House? Has Obama, as president, now seen the error of his ways and repented? The 2011 annual report on White House staff shows that female White House employees' median annual salary is $60,000 -- or 18 percent less than male employees' $71,000 salary. And of Obama's top White House personnel, nearly all are men. Apparently, no one brought Obama binders full of qualified women.
For the book "Confidence Men," about key players on Wall Street and in the Obama administration, author Ron Suskind was given official access to the White House. White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, Suskind wrote, complained about sexism, "frat house antics" and a "hostile workplace" in the White House.
Dunn later denied calling the White House a "hostile workplace."
But Suskind taped their interview and allowed a Washington Post reporter to review it. Suskind, it turns out, quoted Dunn verbatim. The tapes show that Dunn even complained to one of Obama's top advisors, Valerie Jarrett:
"I remember once I told Valerie that, I said if it weren't for the president, this place would be in court for a hostile workplace. Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women."
Holy Lilly Ledbetter!
A Washington Post article initially speculated that the allegations of sexism could pose a real political problem for Obama: "The acknowledgement Monday by White House officials of discontent among high-level female staffers in the early days came even as Obama aides tried to paint the Suskind book as inaccurate. The book was (SET ITAL) reported with cooperation from the White House (END ITAL) (emphasis added), but now it could backfire, raising questions about Obama's management style in the early stages of his administration."
Did the major media care? Did they jump on the hypocrisy of an "equal pay" administration that pays its male and female staffers unequally? Did they pursue the astonishing story of a top female Obama staffer calling the White House a "hostile workplace to women"?
The book's allegations of sexism -- made by the White House communications director -- mattered little to the pro-Obama media. Imagine the size of the chainsaw the media would have taken to a Republican president whose female communications director complained about a "hostile workplace to women."
Can you say "sexist in chief"?
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