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Obama Improperly Tries to Influence Women’s Soccer Suit

After a while, people just get used to this kind of thing, and nobody cares. Presidential abuse of power, when not stopped early in its tracks, just gets worse and worse, as we have seen time and again with President Obama.

The mainstream press has mostly mitigated the egregiousness of this stuff – executive actions that end-run Congress, wars waged overseas without Congress even weighing in, appointments that require congressional approval made without congressional approval, etc., etc., etc., – because of course, Obama is just trying to do what’s right for people. So he’s allowed.

Most recently, he’s been weighing in on the Hillary email scandal, suggesting it just ain’t a big deal. And then of course Attorney General Loretta Lynch will make her own decision about whether to prosecute should the FBI have the guts to recommend such a thing.

Tuesday, Obama took sides in a wage discrimination suit filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by five members of the U.S. women’s soccer team, who complain that they are paid less than the male soccer players and it’s because they are women.

Now guess whose side he took?

Obama womens soccer

Men are paid more because men’s soccer generally takes in more money, last year being an exception since the women won the World Cup. The men are faster, more skilled and more exciting to watch. Oh God, did I just say that? You know you can’t speak the truth, I mean, this is journalism, right?

However, the women do something a lot the men don’t do as much of, and that is win. But until 2015, that still hasn’t translated into a better bottom line. If they keep winning, and keep earning more, then they will be able to negotiate better salaries. But why wait for all that when you can take legal action?

But I digress. It’s a suit, and they have a right to sue. And the U.S. Soccer Federation, which they are suing, has a right to defend itself before the EEOC, a bipartisan, independent agency that is supposed to be beyond the influence of crass politicians like the president.

The same president who said Tuesday:

Equal pay for equal work should be a fundamental principle of our economy.  It’s the idea that whether you’re a high school teacher, a business executive, or a professional soccer player or tennis player, your work should be equally valued and rewarded, whether you are a man or a woman.

Uh oh. Just threw that soccer stuff in, I guess. Just like, for example.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest gets that there’s a problem, and so he was trying to spin away the president’s clear suggestion about how the EEOC should rule:

I think the point of the President’s remarks today was just to acknowledge the facts of that specific situation.  What sort of ruling is handed down by the EEOC is something that the commissioners there will have to conclude on their own.  I think the President is just sort of acknowledging the paid disparity that exists in a variety of professions, including when it comes to the best soccer players in the world.

Now that’s some good spinnin’. In reality, Obama’s point of view on the case is clear.

So, you’re on the EEOC. The EEOC, though independent and bipartisan, is appointed by the president. What do you think you should do now?

Oh, those sexist U.S. Soccer Federation bastards! Pay those poor women!

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21 Responses to Obama Improperly Tries to Influence Women’s Soccer Suit

  1. Keith I am sure your concern over the President’s possible overstepping in the Women’s Soccer Case or the HRC case is an over reaction. After all, Barack Obama of “If You Like your doctor you can keep your doctor” integrity has given us his “word” , a “guarantee” that appropriate distance is being maintained.

    I do not talk to the attorney general about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line, and always have maintained it,” he said. “I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case.”

    On the other hand it is possible that Obama and his sycophants routinely lie.

    • Obama also said people shouldn’t make judgments without all the facts, which is the opposite of what he did with Skip Gates, Trayvon Martin, etc. etc. etc.

      It looks like the women’s soccer team visit was orchestrated to occur at the same time the White House, OFA, and Nancy Pelosi are sending out emails regarding equality for women. (Kinda like that “last minute” question that started the Skip Gates uproar. Obama’s lousy with clocks when others are waiting, but he’s great at timing when it comes to pushing his agenda.

      It may just look like bouncing balls, but — as in soccer — there’s a lot of action being directed by some hard heads.

  2. Well he’s consistent.
    He has been sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong ever since he was elected.
    Remember “the police acted stupidly?”

  3. “mainstream press has mostly mitigated the egregiousness of this stuff… “…???
    I especially blame this useless “WH press corps” for not having the BALLS or SMARTS to ever question or challenge this Obama regime, or ever making a big deal when the Obama regime lies/ignores/skips over their questions…
    ~Sam Donaldson would not allow this to happen

  4. Another example of how he “tips the scales” not by directly talking to people he isn’t supposed to talk to, but by putting his take on the airwaves where these same people can see it–mission accomplished. He has this down to a routine…

  5. Women’s soccer is not a job, it is entertainment, a sport played by young people.

    Perhaps our clueless President could make the equal pay case for women actors, singers and dancers, too.
    The fry-cook should earn the same as the chef, the Chief of Police shouldn’t earn more than the rookie patrolman, and a school’s administrators should earn the same as the kindergarten teachers.
    MrObama should be paid the same amount as every employee working in the WhiteHouse.
    ha.

  6. This latest pap and drool from Obama once again illustrates the most egregious aspects of his Presidency: he spends too much time and attention to issues which he has no business getting publicly involved with, and too little (or no) attention to the critical issues he is Constitutionally mandated to address and manage properly. That’s why we are in constant messes, domestically and internationally.