When President Obama announced that he planned to visit Boeing in Seattle on Friday, political observers scratched their heads.

Last year, the National Labor Relations Board controversially rejected a proposal from Boeing to build a factory in South Carolina, because it was in a right-to-work state. State and national Republicans decried the decision for blocking hundreds of American manufacturing jobs in favor of labor unions.

When asked by reporters about the issue today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the president's visit had nothing to do with the South Carolina dispute.

"This trip has everything to do with the president’s focus on manufacturing and on increasing our exports and nothing to do with the matter that you just raised." he said, according to a White House pool briefing. "Boeing … is doing a lot of business overseas. That’s very good for Boeing, very good for American manufacturing, American exports."