NO, my article title is not from Ripley’s “Believe It or Not.” However, when I first started reading the story, I thought perhaps it was a fairy tale about an Empress and the Czars. As I read a bit further, thought a story about twenty staffers attending to one lady, was about the Queen of some wealthy Empire, in some foreign country.
Only reading a bit further, and seeing the name First Lady Michelle, her twenty staffers at an annual cost of $1,591,200 paid for with taxpayer money, did it hit me the article was about my country, the wife of the President of the United States, and my taxpayer money.
The article was from the Canada Free Press, written by Dr. Paul L. Williams, quoting Michelle Obama saying, “In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that which has given me so much,” then further stating, “See, that’s why I left a job at a big law firm, for a career in public service.”
It’s my understanding, the First Lady is not a paid employee, and doesn’t perform any “official duties.” However, unlike other first ladies before her who usually had one paid staffer to assist, Michelle has managed to surround herself with more than twenty attendants. I will not list all of them here, but here’s a partial list:
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
That’s only a half-dozen of the twenty-plus who are drawing an annual combined salary of over one and a half million dollars of taxpayer money. It’s unprecedented. No other first lady ever had such an entourage of attendants. Inasmuch as the first lady has no official duties, one wonders why this large number of staffers, and what are they doing? They must hold jobs created for this administration, inasmuch as previous first ladies only had one attendant. The twenty listed do not include make-up artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, nor hair stylist Johnny White, who both traveled aboard Air Force One to Europe.
This information was excerpted from canadafreepress.com. I haven’t seen anything in the news media here in the United States about the number of employees surrounding Michelle Obama.
In view of the facts that so many here in this country are without jobs, and so many families struggling just to put food on the table, and the number of homeless is growing every week, reading about the government hiring over twenty highly paid attendants to look after the First Lady, is quite shocking.
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