Again. That’s twice this week that the president has made his opinion known on issues that are currently being handled by his agencies in an “impartial” manner. It is inappropriate for The Boss to weigh in on these things when they are in process. It unduly influences the outcome – especially when the outcome is being determined by people appointed by said Boss.
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?