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With the official U.S. unemployment rate approaching double digits (and that doesn’t even include those that have given up), we are clearly in need of job creation. That does not, however, mean that Michelle Obama should take that responsibility into her own hands and hire a new fleet of staff members to improve our numbers.
Factcheck.org (They’re non-partisan, folks!) has confirmed that Madame Michelle employs 26 “attendants”, all making a pretty penny by her side. Job titles range from her very own “Chief of Staff” at the top of the ladder, to the “Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady” at the bottom. Lady Michelle even has her own personal make-up artist and hair dresser; two positions that haven’t been filled since the Bill Clinton’s days in the White House (BaDum Chhh). Perhaps the most outrageous aspect of all of this is the salaries made by all of her employees; the “Chief of Staff” makes a cool $172,000 for her efforts. I guess the number seems more outrageous when you take into account that Rahm Emanuel, the Chief of Staff to the PRESIDENT makes the exact same amount. I would imagine his work hours are a wee bit longer. And while not all salaries are that high (although, when you’re the “Assistant to the Assistant of the Director of Correspondence to the First Lady” I can’t imagine you’re workload is very heavy), only the bottom 6 positions are pulling in less than $50,000. And when you get down that low, nearly every position is something secretarial (is that a word?).
I don’t mean to pick on only Michelle. I mean, even Laura Bush had a hoard of attendants. She had 11 less, mind you, but even that’s a little high. I guess Michelle thought she was worth $700,000-$800,000 more in upkeep? Whatever the case, the increase in the already high number of servants roaming the White House to tend exclusively to the First Lady isn’t coming at the greatest time when some in Congress are trying to squeeze out upwards of 2 trillion dollars for the national healthcare movement. You’d think they’d cut out some of assistants’ assistants, but then again, who thinks at all anymore?
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