President Obama made it personal in Florida on Thursday, as he spoke about his efforts to make sure the U.S. economy “rewards the hard work of women.”
“And I want to make sure my daughters are getting the same chances as men. I don’t want them paid less for doing the same job as some guy is doing. When they have children, I want to make sure that they’re not having to quit their jobs or, you know, in some other fashion be hampered because we don’t have the kinds of policies in this country that support them.”
Obama also spoke about his wife’s difficulty in balancing work and family:
“When Michelle and I had our girls, you know, we gave everything we had to try to balance raising a family and chasing careers, but I’ll be honest with you — it was harder for her than it was for me because, you know, when she was with the girls she’d feel guilty about am I doing everything I need to be doing on the job. When she was at work, she’d feel bad about, you know, are the girls missing me. And you know, I know Barack’s, you know, messing up somehow. (Laughter.) You know, so she’s calling to check, and –” (laughter).