Oughta Be A Law

Obama Signs First Piece of Legislation

President Obama's first law is a tip of his hat to working women. Signed today, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act eases the path for pay discrimination suits. Obama said he signed the bill in honor of namesake factory supervisor Ledbetter—who was present—as well as his recently deceased grandmother and daughters. According to The New York Times, "The ceremony also marked First Lady Michelle Obama's policy debut; she spoke afterward in a reception in the State Room, where she called Ms. Ledbetter `one of my favorite people.'" Under Bush, the White House opposed and quashed a similar bill.