Wednesday, 29 July 2009


No, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn't perform any official duties. But this hasn't deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession. Just think Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing china for the White House during the Civil War. And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her personal secretary.

How things have changed! If you're one of the tens of millions of Americans facing certain destitution, earning less than subsistence wages stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart or serving up McDonald cheeseburgers, prepare to scream and then come to realize that the benefit package for these servants of Miz Michelle are the same as members of the national security and defense departments and the bill for these assorted lackeys is paid by John Q. Public:

1. $172,2000 - Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)

2. $140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)

3. $113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary)

4. $102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)

5. Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

6. $90,000 - Medina, David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

7. $84,000 - Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)

8. $75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)

9. $70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady)

10. $65,000 - Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)

11. Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)

12. $62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)

13. $60,000 - Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)

14. Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)

15. $52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)

16. $50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)

17. $45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)

18. Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)

19. $40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

20. $36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)

21. Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)

22. Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)

There has never been anyone in the White House at any time that has created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady's social life. One wonders why she needs so much help, at taxpayer expense, when even Hillary, only had three; Jackie Kennedy one; Laura Bush one; and prior to Mamie Eisenhower social help came from the President's own pocket.

Note: This does not include makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and "First Hairstylist" Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom travelled aboard Air Force One to Europe.

H/T 45 Govt


Oswald Bastable said...

Bloody buggery bollocks!

What one wipes her arse?

James Higham said...

Imelda Obama?

LifeoftheMind said...

Remember for Federal Civil Servants gross compensation is usually at least 20% above their base salary. Add in paid holidays and other overtime. Those on call might get shift differentials. Do they get subsidized meals or access to military commissaries? It all adds up.

An army of locusts.

Unknown said...

Has she been asked to comment on this information?
What was her response?

Lola said...

In 1776 you freed yourselves from one load of incompetent, exploitative, freeloading, parasitical, mercantilistic, self important, rent seeking leeches with an over inflated sense of entitlement. Looks like it's time to do it again.

(For the avoidance of ANY doubt I am as British as they come).

Mr Mayor said...

Her comment??? "I may not be much, but I'm all I think about!"

Billll said...

The list does not include the two guys holding the palm fronds, one on either side, but since they're paid by CNN, I guess they don't count.

Roger J said...

You just have to look at the various job titles to realise that there is little value added, as is the case with most, but not all, gubmint/civil service outfits.
I hope this fringe benefit is taxable.

Unknown said...

The funny thing about Marxists, their sense of entitlement is all consuming, and Michelle is one Marxist who just hit pay dirt. Of course the term hypocrite can not apply to her ...'cause she's more virtuous then us mere mortals, don't ya know. Besides, I'm sure several professors from highest halls of academia, have assured her of her original innocence.

That of course, is not really how to win friends and influence people; even my two sons, who detest politics and all things associated, are outraged; for two young men who would'nt normally give a damn, that does not bode well for the King and Queen of Washington

Unknown said...

I understand the makeup artist and the hairstylist ... but the rest?
And then again, maybe she does need a lot of help in socializing. Funny, how she can spend over 1/2 of a million when there are people in the United States needing a meal.