01 December 2009

Michelle Obama's Patriotic Sacrifice (LOL)

"In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much," ... "See, that's why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service, "
-Michelle Obama

Hey- that's funny.

Meanwhile back in reality, Michelle Obama is not paid to serve as First Lady... and doesn't perform any official duties. But somehow that didn't hold her back from hiring a jaw-dropping number of staffers to cater to her every whim and stroke her ego.

As reported in the Canada Free Press, the First Lady's great sacrifice includes a staff now consisting of 26 servants and assistants... costing the US taxpayer over $1.6M annually in salaries alone.

Total Personal Staff for US first ladies (paid by taxpayers):

Mamie Eisenhower : 1 (paid for personally out of President's salary)

Jackie Kennedy: 1

Roseline Carter: 1

Barbara Bush: 1

Hilary Clinton: 3

Laura Bush: 1

Michelle Obama: 26


Here's just the first 22 personal assistants she hired... and there's been four recent additions since (!):

1.. $172,200 - 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 for Mrs. Obama)

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

5. $100,000 - 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 - Lel yveld, 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. $64,000 - 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. $57,500 - 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. $43,000 - Tubman, Samanth a (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. $35,000 - Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)
22. $35,000 - Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)

The bottom-line is that there has never been a White House with the audacity to hire an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady's social life... and many Americans are rightfully appalled.

It's far too often that the Obamas -in the midst of a brutal recession- behave like some tacky, pompous trash that just won the lottery. Be it extravagant date-nights and international shopping sprees, lavish WH parties, 35-car motorcades running errands, or what-have-you... these two seem to relish rubbing it right in our faces.