Obama: "There's Clearly Not Equal Pay In The White House"; Michelle Gets Paid Nothing

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President Obama addressed a Working Mothers Town Hall during a brief trip to Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday. The issue of pay inequality was brought up and the president addressed the matter of equal pay in the White House, but not in the way you would think.

"Let me tell you, now, Michelle would point out First Ladies get paid nothing," the president said to laughter. "So there’s clearly not equal pay in the White House when it comes to her and me."

"But before we were in the White House, I wanted to make sure Michelle got paid as much as she could," the president again said to laughter.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Let me tell you, now, Michelle would point out First Ladies get paid nothing. (Laughter.) So there’s clearly not equal pay in the White House when it comes to her and me. But before we were in the White House, I wanted to make sure Michelle got paid as much as she could. (Laughter.) I want a big paycheck for Michelle. (Laughter.) That wasn’t a women’s issue. If she had a bigger paycheck, that made us able to pay the bills. (Applause.) Why would I want my spouse or my daughter discriminated against? That doesn’t make any sense.

So this should be a no-brainer. And hopefully we’ll -- we’re just going to keep on pushing until the light bulb goes off above the heads of some of these Republican friends of mine.

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