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Poll of the Day: Do You Think Michelle Obama Needs 26 “Servants”?

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Michelle Obama Took Job Creation a Little Too Far

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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?

Do you think 26 is a reasonable of attendants for the First Lady?  What useful things could we do with the nearly 2 million dollar payroll for these folks?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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Rick

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Amy Poehler Spruces Up Thursday Nights with ‘Parks’ Debut

Doesnt she look like shes got it all together.

Doesn't she look like she's got it all together.

First off, I know this is a political blog, but as I’ve said numorous times, there is more to life than politics.  Sticking with that theme, I plan to do more of these entertainment style posts throughout the week.  Never fear though faithful reader, there are no plans to eliminated the wildly popular (slight exaggeration) “No Politics Tuesday”.  Those days will simply be more in-depth on the nonpolitical scoop.  So without further ado, I present to you the first non-political post made outside of “No Politics Tuesday”:

When I saw the ‘Parks and Recreation’ commericial last Januray, I was thrilled.  Amy Poehler had just left SNL the month before, which left a hole in my heart that only she could fill.  Her Hillary Clinton impersonations, though baring little to no resemblence to real-life Hillary, summed up her personality perfectly and were always hilarious.  Her great sense of humor also added life to the Weekend Update segments, and subtracted from Seth Myers overal suck factor that really brought down the mood.  So naturally, a show that starred Amy was something I had dreamed of.

After much anticipation, when ‘Parks and Recreation’ finally aired last Thursday after The Office (personal favorite show) I was beyond pleased.  You can certainly tell that it was made by the genuisess behind The Office, but it still remained original.  Leslie Knope, Amy’s character, is in charge of the parks and recreation department for Pawnee, Indiana.  Her boss, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), is quite an intriguing character.  He hates government and dreams of privatizing everything, especially the parks and recreation department.  Leslie also reveals she slept with Mark Brendanawicz, a colleague that she finds all important for her work.  “If you want to get anything done, you gotta ask Mark Brendanawicz,” says Mrs. Knope.  Her partner Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) is lazy, creepy, and confusing all at the same time.  One minute he seems like a loyal employee, the next he is passing embarrasing images of Leslie around on the internet.  He’s like a sneakier, more evil Dwight Schrute.  The pilot episode set the groundwork for some hilarious character development.

In this episode, Leslie (Amy Poehler) gets the ball rolling on a new park for the city after much discussion with her government hating boss, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman).  The park is slated for development on a lot that was abandon after it’s developer went bankrupt.  The decrepit state of the lot causes one resident to fall in, breaking both legs in the process.  Poehler’s character is oozing with likeability.  Unlike The Office’s main character Michael Scott (Steve Carrell), she is less about the funny business and more about productivity.  That doesn’t mean, however, that she isn’t funny.  Her sincerity over even the slightest of issues gives plenty of humor, and her off-the-wall communication skills are even better.

Parks and Recreation is a true gem that you should definitly add to your Thursday night lineup.  Anyone that doubts the potentail of this series must remember that even the award winning series The Office started out slow, and got better with time.  I feel very confident that this series is going to be following in the footsteps of its predecessor to the top of the comedy television world.

Don’t miss next weeks Parks and Recreation when Leslie Knope sets out to bring her new park idea to the public via the local newspaper, set to air Thursday, April 16th at 8:30 on NBC.

Rating:

4.5 Elephants

4.5 Elephants

Thoughts From Around the Blogosphere

**This is a new thing that I want to start doing with posts about commong topics.  I will go around and find thoughts on topics similar to what the particular post is about and post the quote, as well as a link to the article.

Critics say it’s a little too close to The Office (mockumentary style, talking head interviews, naive protagonists you want to root for, etc.) While this critique may be valid, I’m not complaining. If three Law & Order’s, and three CSI’s can coexist (under the same title no less) than I am a-okay with a show with a similar format to The Office. edubTV.wordpress.com on critics’ comparisons to The Office.

But to be honest I laughed pretty hard whenever she said anything throughout the show.  Her character is a bit dopey, really optimistic and super cute.  readwatchbuy.com on Amy’s character, Leslie Knope.

Overall, I think that the show has great potential. It may never be The Office, but it could come close. stevenmiller2008.wordpress.com on Parks and Recreations prospects.

Did you watch Parks and Recreation?  If so, what do you think of the show?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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