Jay Carney peddles wife’s book during White House press briefing
Mar. 14, 2014 9:29am Benjamin Weingarten
In case you missed it, on Wednesday during his response to questioning from Fox News’ Ed Henry regarding the Obama administration’s push to expand overtime pay and its purported benefits for women, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney took the opportunity to plug his wife Claire Shipman’s 2009 title, “Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success.”
Asked about the effect of alterations to the overtime pay rules during the exchange, Carney noted that “there is a macroeconomic benefit…to making sure that private sector to public sector…the rules of the road when it comes to our economy work for women, because doing that is not just the right thing to do, it is economically beneficial. It helps the bottom line…This is good for the economy, I promise you.”
In his response, Carney asserted that despite not being an economist, by dint of familiarity with his wife’s book, Carney “happens to know…a little bit about this subject.”
Carney noted that “Womenomics” was “available on Amazon…came out in 2009…it might have been on the New York Times’ bestseller list.”
“Womenomics,” co-authored by Shipman and BBC journalist Katty Kay provide advice for professional women on how they can capitalize on new economic trends to better balance their professional and personal lives in the corporate world.
Check out the clip from the White House press briefing below.