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March 17, 2010

About Michelle Obama

Written by Dr. Paul L. Williams

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

Michelle Obama

No, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn't perform any official duties. But this hasn't deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession.

Just think, Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing china for the White House during the Civil War. And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her personal secretary from her husband's salary.

Total Personal Staff members for other first ladies paid by taxpayers:

Mamie Eisenhower: One-- paid for personally out of President's salary.

Jackie Kennedy: One

Roseline Carter: One

Barbara Bush: One

Hilary Clinton: Three

Laura Bush: One

Michele Obama: Twenty-two

How things have changed! If you're one of the tens of millions of Americans facing certain destitution, earning less than subsistence wages stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart or serving up McDonald cheeseburgers, prepare to scream and then come to realize that the benefit package for these servants of Ms. Michelle are the same as members of the national security and defense departments and the bill for these assorted lackeys is paid by YOU,

John Q.Public.

Michele Obama's personal staff:

One.. $172,200 - Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)

Two.. $140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of

Policy And Projects For The First Lady)

Three.. $113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House

Social Secretary for Mrs. Obama)

Four.. $102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications

for the First Lady)

Five.. $100,000 - Winter, Melissa (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

Six.. $90,000 - Medina , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

Seven.. $84,000 - Lilyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)

Eight.. $75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)

Nine.. $70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Project for the First Lady)

Ten.. $65,000 - Burnough, Erinn (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)

Eleven.. $64,000 - Reinstein, Joseph B.(Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)

Twelve.. $62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)

Thirteen.. $60,000 Fitz, Alan O.(Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)

Fourteen.. $57,500 - Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)

Fifteen... $52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)

Sixteen.. $50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)

Seventeen.. $45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)

Eighteen.. $43,000 - Tubman, Samanth a (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)

Nineteen.. $40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

Twenty.. $36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)

Twenty-One.. $35,000 - Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)

Twenty-Two... $35,000 - Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)

Total.. $1,591,200 in annual salaries

There has NEVER been anyone in the White House at any time who has created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady's social life.

One wonders why she needs so much help, at taxpayer expense.

Note: This does not include makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and "First Hairstylist" Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom traveled aboard Air Force One to Europe.

Copyright 2009 Canada Free Press.Com

Yes, I know, The Canadian Free Press had to publish this, perhaps because America no longer has a free press and the USA media is too scared that they might be considered racist or suffer at the hands of Obama.

Sorry America!

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17 Comment(s)

Turns out First Lady Laura Bush actually had the same amount. It's probably not unreasonable to assume the wife of the leader of the free world has some people that help her with things...

cue the next poster to call me a liberal and completely ignore reality. After all, reality does have a well known liberal bias.

--by Longbranch Pennywhistle on 3/17/10   Lives: Michigan  

Washington Post. Liberal spin . Wake up, You really do need help.. Ha ha . You Dems don't like the truth. Mrs Obama has a lot more than her staff to hid. Democrates have a lot to hid . See you are still blaming BUSH.

--by bill in the know on 3/17/10   Lives: Michigan  

Hell. Get real ! Obama or Bush. No matter who, too many staffers at way to high pay scale. All of Washington insiders need tossed out.

--by Cal on 3/17/10   Lives: Michigan  

Ignore the the truth the Democrates are still blaming the Bush family for their problems. Great pay scale . Democrates know how to live high on the taxpayers money.

--by Denton C on 3/17/10   Lives: Detroit area  

"Bill In The Know": Clearly you aren't. This is also to Denton.

What I find amazing is how little reading comprehension you have. Nowhere in my post did I "blame" President Bush. The original post claimed Laura Bush had 1 staffer. I simply refuted that to be wrong. I have zero issue with how many staffers President Bush had. I also have zero issue with VP Cheney not releasing his staffers pay grades.

Like I said, it's not unreasonable that the wife of the President of the United States has people to help her...

Do you two realize you live in an entire fantasy world, created to suit your football mentality of "us vs them"? Are you so totally detached from reality that everything that disagrees with you is "liberal spin"?

I can't believe I'd actually have to explain such a simple post.

This is a clear example of the failing of our education system, since I assume you both have graduated at least something.

Also, just for reference, liberal isn't an insult.

--by Longbranch Pennywhistle on 3/18/10   Lives: Michigan  

Hey folks, this is the America of the new millennium.....

It’s not like anyone is going to do anything about it, right? People will just sit back and make excuses to just keep doing exactly that.

The American people are too dumb and too easily distracted to do a damn thing about any of this or the other atrocities Obama and his Grace Jones look alike do.

--by Pressure on 3/18/10   Lives: Dearborn  

Hey, I like Grace Jones. And I like her music too.

--by Deb on 3/18/10   Lives: Detroit area  

Hey Deb:

I guess your right, Grace Jones actually worked for a living and was a damn fine entertainer.

Mrs. Obama does neither.

--by Pressure on 3/19/10   Lives: Dearborn  

"Mr"?? Pennywhisle ? Why must you attack people personally who have a different opinion then yours, ? You "Mr"?? need go back to school and learn how to debate from an intelligent posisiton. Your grammer,spelling and punctuation need a deal of work. SO, did you graduate from school. ?

--by C. Calaker on 3/20/10   Lives: Michigan  

Gosh, she's rivaling Michigan's First Gentleman Dan Mulhern, who has an office and paid staff, as his wife, Jenny Granholm, tells taxpayers the state of Michigan is in dire financial straits.

--by Can't Wait 'Til November 2010 on 3/21/10   Lives: Dearborn  

C Calaker: I attacked them because I'm sick of people who have no ability to think for themselves, who feel they are the sole keepers of truth, having any sort of deciding position in this country. Sorry, but most people on this site do nothing but blatantly lie. I've posted under plenty of different aliases, and the discussion always goes the same way. Now, I've just taken to treating it like a joke, as there's no way people like Bill and Denton can really exist in the world.

Open discussion is wonderful. I'd welcome a well thought out debate. But as long as the current crop of republicans are around, it's never going to happen.

Let's review shall we:

My first post disputed the claim. I provided a credible reference. After that, the thread devolved into the same nonsense it always does. No one actually challenged any of the information presented. Once Bill and Denton responded, any hope of debate was lost.

To quote Bill:

"Washington Post. Liberal spin . Wake up, You really do need help.. Ha ha . You Dems don't like the truth."

Followed up by Denton with "Ignore the the truth the Democrates are still blaming the Bush family for their problems. Great pay scale . Democrates know how to live high on the taxpayers money. "

Lastly, I actually have no spelling errors in my post, so, not sure where you get that. As for the grammar, it's a bit hard typing on a phone where the comment box is 20 pixels high. It's not conducive to elegant writing.

But more importantly, you also failed to respond to any of the actual facts from the original post. You are just as guilty as anyone, but I'm sure that point is lost on you.

A bit hypocritical to attack a person while criticizing them for attacking someone?

I want my country back, and I'm not above pointing out the nonsense of the right to achieve that.

--by Longbranch Pennywhistle on 3/22/10   Lives: Michigan  

Mr Longbranch is correct. First Lady Bush had as many or more members of personal staff, as First Lady Obama. See this post:

Mr. Gibbs is correct in stating that we do not have a free press in this country. They are lazy, shallow reporters of polls.

By the way, didn't Longbranch Pennywhistle have something to do with Glenn Frey and the Eagles?

--by Pennybranch Longwhistle on 3/23/10   Lives: Michigan  

Snopes. Is a liberal spin machine. Run by Barbara and David Nikkelson. They tend to lean Democratic and liberal.. Now get over the BS that they are FAIR.

--by Cary on 3/23/10   Lives: Michigan  

Snopes is NOT a fair site to evaluate anything. It is a liberal/ progressive site. Its a spin maker for the liberal left.

--by Bill cummings on 3/23/10   Lives: Detroit area  

Take your dark glasses off ! you think Snopes is a fair web site ? Sorry. They are liberals who live in the state of Washington. A very liberal state.

--by awake on 3/23/10   Lives: Michigan  

Okay, Cary and Bill and Awake state that Snopes is not fair. The point was made that Laura Bush had as many staffers as Michelle Obama. Have you three checked out that claim on the sites you claim ARE fair? If anybody uses their memories at all, you know that modern First Ladies have more than ONE staffer.

--by OKAY THEN on 3/24/10   Lives: Dearborn  

According to, the published list of Laura Bush's staff in 2008 totalled at least 18, and those 18 earned $1.4M per year. An archivist at the John Kennedy library says that Jackie Kennedy's personal assistant oversaw a staff of at least nine. This list you published, Russ, turns out to be a stinker...

--by Just The Facts, Jack on 3/30/10   Lives: Dearborn  

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