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WH Press Secretary Jay Carney Grilled on ENDA, Executive Order: VIDEO

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Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade grilled White House Press Secretary Jay Carney yesterday on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and asked, given House Speaker John Boehner's remarks this week that there is "no way" it's coming up this session, if the President planned to sign an executive order.

Said Carney:

"Well, I would simply say that that is the wrong approach, and the president strongly supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He believes strongly and knows that it’s the right thing to do. I would suggest that there have been occasions when leaders in the House have declared something won’t happen, and it happens anyway. And we certainly hope that’s the case here."

Pressed, Carney would not say whether the President considers protections for LGBT people in the workplace a campaign promise despite Obama's indication that it was in a 2007 questionnaire.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: Carney tweeted a clarification of his "wrong approach" remarks:

"Think you misunderstood. I was referring to the Speaker saying ENDA wouldn't get done this year as '"the wrong approach.'"

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  1. Yeah, you wouldn't want to spook people with the right thing. I mean, it's not like skin color, right? Ugh.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Feb 1, 2014 11:11:07 AM


  2. Ugh.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 1, 2014 11:33:41 AM


  3. Obama bypasses Congress on raising minimum wages but must have Congress do the heavy lifting on ENDA. Majority of minimum wage voters could swing for GOP, but Obama knows that majority of LGBT will still vote for Dems in 2014. Typical response of Dem leaders; in 1970-80s...little help for Black citizens because Dems knews they would never vote for Republican candidates.

    Posted by: sword | Feb 1, 2014 11:34:58 AM


  4. He said otherwise on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/429357214961106944

    Posted by: Fodolodo | Feb 1, 2014 11:37:20 AM


  5. FYI: This the tweet from Carney:

    "Think you misunderstood. I was referring to the Speaker saying ENDA wouldn't get done this year as "the wrong approach."

    3:55 PM - 31 Jan 2014

    https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/429357214961106944


    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 1, 2014 11:51:29 AM


  6. *is

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 1, 2014 11:58:24 AM


  7. You know, reading the snippet above, I got a different interpretation. It sounded as if he was referring to Boehner first and then got into the Obama Executive order second, and how strongly Obama believes in his (Obama's) proposed order. He talks about how Boehner could be wrong, as other Speakers of the House have been. The Press Secretary was a bit inarticulate here in his response, since I can see how someone could think the Press Secretary would talk against his boss--certain job annihilation; so the article's title didn't make sense to me.

    It looks like I'm not going crazy thanks to @notsafeforwork and @fodolodo

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Feb 1, 2014 12:11:43 PM


  8. ENDA is definitely needed. When I think of harassment for being gay in the workplace I think of Mark Anderson who was employed at Cantor Fitzgerald. I watched a documentary on him like 15 years ago when I was and it left a strong impression. Look it up to and you'll see the disgusting treatment this guy endured at work and he was only suspected of being gay.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 1, 2014 12:17:35 PM


  9. It is inappropriate for the President to sign an Executive Order to grant basic civil rights to anyone. Executive Orders are temporary and an ENDA order will only last as long as Obama is in office. Legislation is the only way to get lasting results.

    Posted by: jeff | Feb 1, 2014 12:42:07 PM


  10. So long as republicans control any branch of government, ENDA will not pass. As I've said before, I do think an executive order is very limited in reach and can easily be undone. However there is a distinct possibility Obama will do it, he's got nothing to lose. He's already a comfortably reelected president.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Feb 1, 2014 1:02:49 PM


  11. The headline of this article is misleading and incorrect. Jay Carney was referring to John Boehner's remarks. Mr Carney supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, as does the president. 'The wrong approach' is referring Mr, Boehner's statement that there is no way that the topic of ENDA will come up in the house this session regardless of presidential intent. Mr. Carney feels that Mr. Boehner is taking 'the wrong approach'.

    Posted by: UmYeah | Feb 1, 2014 1:10:10 PM


  12. ENDA to protect gays in the workplace is a vital piece of legislation.
    Discrimination is much more common than that reported; and anti gay sentiment is paraded as a 'guy/straight bonding' thing.
    Straight guys rarely stand up against each other and especially not if the reason to stand up is a gay issue.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 1, 2014 1:18:31 PM


  13. @Jeff

    I think were safe from reversal. BO should sign the EO since there's absolutely no chance that Hillary will reverse it when she becomes president.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Feb 1, 2014 1:31:06 PM


  14. Jeff said:
    It is inappropriate for the President to sign an Executive Order to grant basic civil rights to anyone. Executive Orders are temporary and an ENDA order will only last as long as Obama is in office. Legislation is the only way to get lasting results.

    -------
    As for example, Truman's Executive Order desegregating the military, or Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

    Posted by: Rich | Feb 1, 2014 2:35:39 PM


  15. @NOTSAFEFORWORK, as much as I'd love to see her in the WH come 2017, there's still no guarantee she'll run.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Feb 1, 2014 2:41:13 PM


  16. And what would the 'right' approach be, Jay Carney? I had to ask since you omitted that little detail... Is the STATUS QUO the RIGHT approach for you?!

    Posted by: dududu | Feb 1, 2014 2:47:34 PM


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