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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?

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Getting to Know the Administration: Senior Advisor in the White House David Axelrod

David Axelrod, Chief Advisor in the White House

David Axelrod, Chief Advisor in the White House

The latest confirmed staff member is Obama’s former chief campaign strategist, David Axelrod.  He has been chosen to serve as the Senior Advisor in the White House.  But just who is this guy?  This is the second installment of the “Getting to Know the Administration” series.

At the age of 27, Axelrod began writing for the Chicago Tribune as a political columnist.  After his time there, and a successful campaign for Paul Simon, he opened a political consulting firm, Axelrod & Associates.  He played a key part in many campaigns mayoral campaigns in Chicago, and eventually worked his way on to the national stage with John Edwards unsuccessful 2004 campaign.  Also worth noting, he worked with the new Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, on his 2006 House of Representatives race.  In 2008 he was names chief strategist and media advisor in Obama’s campaign for president.  He helped orchastrate the “Change” theme, and was responsible for many of the Obama campaign’s internet advertising.

This is a much safer choice than Rahm Emanuel.  Rahm is a lot for most handle, being extremely outspoken, aggressive, and not to mention severely partisan.  Axelrod however, is calm and soft spoken.  And, while he is certainly to the left, he’s going to be accepted more by conservatives, or at least that’s how I see it.  Most around him call him mild-mannered, and as political advisor Bill Daley put it, he is “not a screamer, like most”.  So, while he still hasn’t chosen a conservative staff member (or really even a moderate one), this choice will be more well recieved by the cosnervatives.  But then again, the vast majority won’t know (or care) who these staff members are when it all comes down to it.

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Getting to Know the Administration: Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

As we all know, Rahm Emanuel has been chosen as Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff.  But just who is this guy?  This is the first part in a series that help you get to know each person that makes their way into the Obama administration.

Rahm Emanuel was appointed as Bill Clinton’s director of the finance committee during his 1992 run.  He was a key part in getting fundraising events scheduled for then governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton.  Upon Clinton’s victory, he bacame one of his senior advisors.  He was a key part in orchastrating the Clintons’ universal healthcare attempts in the early years, which we all know were massive disasters (more reason why Obama SHOULD NOT even attempt his.).  After the Clinton Presidency, he ran for House in Chicago successfully, and stayed in that position until he was selected by Obama as chief of staff.

His attitude has earned the nickname “Rahm-bo” through the years (It’s rumored that he once mailed rotting fish to a coworker that he had parted ways with) , and is very liberal.  His voting record is 100% pro-choice (meh.) and he takes the liberal route on just about all social issues.

I don’t like the guy.  If Obama plans to “govern from the center”, his staff is going to need to be a little more centrist, or at least more center-left.  Let’s take a look:  So far we have Barack Obama (most liberal senator in the U.S.), Joe Biden (3rd most liberal senator in the U.S.), and Rahm Emanuel (a hard left liberal who mails rotting fish to people, and is a strong supporter of universal healthcare.  The same thing that failed miserably in the early Clinton years.).  Hopefully the next few appointed will be a bit more moderate!

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Confirmed: Chief of Staff is Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel Obama Chief of Staff

Rahm Emanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff

This could be a sign for what’s to come with Obama as president.  If the trend continues with choosing liberal partisans, then we could see a whole lot of governing from the left in the years to come.  I’ve told those that think he would try and go from the center that they are simply wrong.  The hard-left is what got him started, and as they pointed out yesterday on FOX, he owes them.  I imagine that they will all have a strong influence on him through the years, which will no doubt spell disaster in many ways.  All we can do is hope Emanuel is his most extreme staff member (can’t think of any other possibilities that could top that anyway.), and he puts some people we can trust to do what is truly right for this country in his cabinet.

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