- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

President Obama has applauded Gap Inc. for voluntarily raising its employees’ wages.

On Tuesday, he thanked the company with his wallet.


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Before heading to a pair of Democratic party fundraisers in New York City, the president stopped by a Gap store in Manhattan and did some shopping for his wife, Michelle, and two daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Employees suggested Mr. Obama buy a couple of V-neck sweaters for his daughters, but the president decided on more modest attire instead.

“I’m worried the V-neck is going to slip,” Mr. Obama said.

He also picked out a blue workout jacket for the first lady.

“I think the ladies will be impressed by my style sense,” the president said.

After completing his shopping, the president again thanked Gap for raising its employees’ salaries. Last month, the company announced it would raise its minimum hourly rate this year to $9.

Next year, it will go up to $10.

Mr. Obama and fellow Democrats favor raising the nation’s minimum wage to $10.10, but the move is vehemently opposed by most Republicans and many business and labor groups.

In the meantime, the president has signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for all federal contractors. He also has urged states and companies, such as Gap, to act on their own.

“It’s not only good for [employees] and their families, it’s also good for the entire economy,” Mr. Obama said. “I want to congratulate the Gap for doing the right thing.”