The Office of the First Lady and our Constitution!

By: Richard H. Frank

As Michelle Obama travels with her cast of 40 plus people during her most recent vacation in Spain, we the American taxpayers are footing the bill for her extravagant newly found life style. There is no doubt that some readers will consider my comments as racist and disregard all and any facts that I present to show how out of touch the President and Michelle are with reality in America today. Let me begin by saying that I have no malice for Mrs. Obama and do not begrudge her taking a vacation to Spain or whatever other country she desires to visit just so long as hard working American taxpayers are not picking up the tab for the Obama family pleasure trips.

The last time I checked our constitution, Article II makes no provisions for the “Office of the First Lady”, nor does it provide for the President to create such an office. Yet it was reported in the Canada Free Press that Michelle requires more than twenty attendants at an annual cost to the taxpayers of Six Million, three hundred sixty four thousand dollars ($6,364,000.00). There has never been a First Lady, or anyone in the White House, to create such an army of staffers for the sole purpose of facilitating the First Lady’s social life. Hillary Clinton required three staffers, Jackie Kennedy one; Laura Bush one; and prior to Mamie Eisenhower social help expenses fell to the President’s personal account.

During my lifetime I had the opportunity to run a division of a large corporation. That division generated $250 million dollars in sales annually and employed in excess of 1400 individuals. My corporate staff budget never exceeded three million dollars and in addition to providing a good living for the families of the 1400 workers we made a profit for the corporation each and every year. So my question is this. What do we the taxpaying people in America get for the $6,364,000 being paid to accommodate Michelle Obama’s lifestyle of the rich and famous?

Let’s examine the salaries and job titles for those assigned to assist the First Lady.

  • $172,000               Chief of Staff
  • $140,000               Deputy Assistant to the President and director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady.
  • $113,000               Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary.
  • $102,000               Special assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady.
  • $100,000               Assistant to the President and deputy Chief of Staff to the First Lady.
  • $90,000                 Deputy Chief of Staff to the First Lady.
  • $84,000                 Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady.
  • $75,000                 Director of Scheduling land Advance for the First Lady.
  • $70,000                 Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady.
  • $65,000                 Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary.
  • $64,000                 Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary.
  • $62,000                 Deputy Director of Scheduling land Events Coordinator for the First Lady.
  • $60,000                 Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady.
  • $57,500                 Special assistant and Personal Aid to the First Lady.
  • $52,500                 Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary to the First Lady.
  • $50,000                 Special assistant for Scheduling and Travelling Aide to the First Lady.
  • $45,000                 Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady.
  • $43,000                 Deputy Associate Director, Social Office.
  • $40,000                 Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the First Lady.
  • $36,000                 Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary.
  • $35,000                 Staff Assistant.
  • $35,000                 Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady.

Never in the history of Law Enforcement have there been so many “Deputies” located in one Sheriffs  office let alone in the White House.  Titles of Deputy Assistant, Associate Deputy, Associate Director and Associate Assistant to the Assistant just boggle the mind of the average individual. I don’t expect the Queen of England has this many Ladies in Waiting to serve her.

The point is that this is government waste at its worst, and in a time of economic recession in the United States you would think restraint would be the rule of the day, and the example being set coming out of the White House. Not with his Majesty Barack Obama the great community organizer. Instead payback for political favors and the Chicago way is the rule of the day and rewards in the form of “JOBS CREATED OR SAVED” as evidenced above.

Of course it took the Canadian Free Press to bring this to our attention since the American media is just too frightened to be accused of being racist should they dare to tell the truth. What a sad state of affairs we have come to in this country.

The real answer to the question I posed above as to what the American taxpayer gets for the $6.364,000 spent on Michelle’s staff  is “NOTHING PRODUCTIVE”.