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Michelle's Staff and their Salaries

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    The bigger question isn't the number of staff and the total payroll. It's the other expense that goes along with having an entourage like this. How many of these deputy assistant director to the associate special liaison to the social secretary of the First Lady get to go on all the overseas trips and vacations MO takes?

    Guarantee you salary expense isn't the biggest issue.
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    Amazing how conservatives didn't show any concern about the size of the first lady's staff until 2009. anyone want to guess why?
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    Anybody who has actually spent some time working in the inner workings of any political organization (campaign, government staff, etc.) knows that scheduling is one of the most thankless but important tasks performed. Most of what those scheduling people do is turn down the thousands of requests that somebody in that position is going to get per year. That may sound easy, but it requires turning down people that you want to still support you, so it requires a significant amount of PR capability.

    Advance is actually a slightly different role than the true scheduling people, especially at the White House level. They serve to coordinate amongst all the different groups that are involved in an event when the first lady attends. So you need people that will coordinate with the media, the optics, the political issues, the security (secret service), and the local event organizers in order to put together a functional event.

    Traveling aide is another entirely different job. They are generally known as "body man." Again, incredibly long hours. Great connections for the future, as they are generally pretty young, but definitely not a cushy job.

    Scheduling and advance are some of the least cushy jobs in a political organization. They are very high stress (one mistake and you are almost certainly fired). They are very long hours. They often involve even more travel than is done by the political figure themselves.
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    Exactly. No need to guess.
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    Or golf, or funeral attendance, or presidential travel in general.
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    Not really. The national debt was $9 trillion lower. There's a much greater need to reduce federal government operating costs, today than 5-6 years ago. Plus, MO is supposedly a much more talented woman than the former FLotUS and therefor should be able to more effectively perform her duties ... and at a lower cost.

    What's not amazing is .... that lefties don't care that the current administration continues to waste taxpayer $US$ while BObama just checks out ... and onto the golf course.
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    LOL ... and here's one jumping up to support continued waste at $17 trillion in debt and counting.
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    Well ... wasn't there supposed to be hope and "change from your guy BObama"???? I guess the "change" part was to waste even more $US$ - something like $9 trillion in 6 years.
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    According to the link you provided Nancy Reagan's staff was 15 compared to Michelle Obama's staff of 25.

    Looking at Factcheck.org it gives the following info for previous First Ladies:

    Jackie Kennedy---at least 9

    Hillary Clinton---from 13 to 19 by the time Bill left office

    Laura Bush----18 they could indentify

    Michelle Obama----22 they could specifically identify

    http://www.factcheck.org/2009/08/michelle-obamas-staff/

    So fact check didn't have as many as your link showed but it does show a definite growth in the staff for the First Lady.
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    LOL. When I heard "hope and change" I didnt think that meant changing presidential norms regarding golf or vacations.
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    I don't know how the Queen manages with such a rather small staff. Where is her Director of Vacations??? That position should be worth at least $500K.
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    Oh ..... so hope and change did not include cutting waste? Well, that's so ...... "leftist".
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    I wonder how much it cost for her staff to create this sign:
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    Yeah, I'm sure that all of the refusals that are made go through a very thorough scrutiny and form letters with a auto-pen are never used and they're all folded and stuff by hand.

    Look, I didn't say that no hours or salary is necessary. But 240 (6 times 40) working hours A WEEK?

    doubt its necessary....seriously doubt it
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    This thread sounds like the usual outraged right wing hyperbole on a topic of which they have no baseline knowledge or historical perspective.

    As all of them are.
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    Oh we know (there's your knowledge) how wasteful the lefties are and have been (there's your history) ...... national debt is now $17+ trillion (there's you beaseline). So, the cost of Queen Michelle's staff is being off-loaded on the future generations of Americans. I doubt the nation ever recovers from the damage the obamas and their leftist supporters have inflicted on our nation.
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    Most of Obama's contribution to the national debt was to keep us afloat from the almost Great Depression 2 that your hero Dubya almost stuck us with.

    I'll take that kind of debt vs. the previous stack that was created primarily to boost Dick's Halliburton stock options.
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    And here's your perspective -
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    One thing to consider about staff size is how young the kids were when the President and First Lady were in office. I.e., does the First Lady also have to be a full time mom? Reagan's children were grown, as were Bush I's children. Chelsea Clinton was 11 when Bill took office, but I think we'll all agree that Hillary, though not completely hands-off, was never going to be Mother-of-the-year. The Bush twins were young adults when Bush II took office. But Obama had little children, 9 and 6 respectively, when Barak was inaugurated. And Michelle, at least on the outside, looks to be a completely engaged mother.

    And while the First Lady has no official duties, the office is important and often busy. Just imagine how many requests Michelle gets for appearances, endorsements, fund raisers, etc. It does take a full staff just to engage each one, decide what gets support, and what gets the, "She'd love too, but not at this time" answer. And just about each one needs some personal attention, because the last thing a First Lady once to do is make the President and the office look bad and/or alienate supporters.
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    again, conservative complaints about first lady overseas trips could be taken more seriously if they didn't start in 2009.

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