Thursday, August 9, 2012

Back Up The Ungrateful Truck...

Stretch is trying to kill me. There's simply no other explanation for it. Why else would he send me stories like this one:

Obama Complains that Michelle Doesn't Make Money As First Lady
President Obama spoke to women supporters today at a Denver event.

"...I wanna make sure that when she's working she is getting paid the same as men, I gotta say that First Ladies right now don't, even though that's a tough job!"
While it is technically true that the position of First Lady does not draw a salary, it's amazingly misleading. For starters, there's the little matter of living rent-free and not having to pay for food. There's also the matter of them having a staff - Michelle, BTW, has a staff of 24 - a full third larger than that of Laura Bush. And of course, there's the little matter of being able to go anywhere in the entire world one desires, on a private jet, with a full complement of staff to take care of things.

What's not surprising, of course, is the complete and utter lack of coverage of such a stupid and pandering remark. Had George Bush lamented that Laura did not receive a salary for the work she did as First Lady, the headlines would have been ablaze with stories about the size and cost of her staff, vacations, etc. before the words finished passing his lips. The office of the First Lady, long considered the official hostess of the White House, may not officially draw a salary, but the prestige, honor, and, well, perks more than make up for the lack of compensation.

It's sad that Obama feels the need to make such outlandish statements, but then again, it's not like he's going to talk about the economy...

That is all.


Merlin said...

And then there's the little fact that, as I recall, she is a private citizen BY LAW.

JD Rush said...

"But, but, but, she had this great job when I was a Senator. In fact, she did such a great job, they eliminated the position when she left."

Wait, he didn't actually say that, too?

Sailorcurt said...

Merlin beat me to it.

"First Lady" is not a job. She wasn't elected to the office, nor was she "hired" to fill the position.

She just happens to be married to the guy who was elected President.

More and more the office of President is treated as royalty rather than the position of service that it was intended to be.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

There's also the little matter that the "duties" the First Lady undertakes are all volunteer. There is (AFAIK) no law requiring that she do so, no hiring process beyond being married to the guy that wins a popularity contest, and - most importantly - no provision in the Constitution for her to have any responsibilities or obligations whatsoever.

If they're unhappy that she's not getting paid a salary for the work she does as First Lady, she can always just stop doing it. It's not like she's going to stop being the First Lady if she doesn't do the work that's traditionally associated with the position.

Anonymous said...

Gibs me dat!

Bubblehead Les. said...

Gee, remember when the MSM had a Hissy over Nancy Reagan's Dresses? They conveniently left out the fact that she was part of a California Oil Family that had so much money, she could have used the First Lady's Budget for Bus Fare.

Or shall we talk about Hillary Rodham Clinton's whining about how they didn't have enough money to purchase a home when their Reign ended, because they had been living off the Public Dime all their Adult Lives?

Funny how they HAD to have a Multi-million dollar Mansion to live in near New York City when she ran as a Carpet Bagger for the U.S. Senate. And some Rich "Donors" bought one for them. Guess a $180,000 Split-Level in Rochester wasn't good enough, eh?

Oh, BTW, how DID the Obama's afford that House in Chicago, right next door to Tony Rezco, who just "Happened" to sell it to them for Cheap? You know, the same Guy who's in the Pen?

Actually, Barry might be worried that the Free Cheese is going to dry up, and he might actually have to WORK for a Living soon.

One can Hope.

John Anderson said...


Armed Texan said...

Why is he complaining when he should just issue a letter patent creating Michelle Queen Micky I and giving her a royal stipend. You know he wants to.

Outside of Obama fantasy land, I could argue that she does get exactly equal pay to her husband. She gets $200K and so does he. It's just that we combine it in one check for the two to add up to the presidential salary of $400K.

Anonymous said...

The woki has taken 16 vacations in her so called "term" at a cost to taxpayers of over 4 Million dollars.

Have you ever been on an African Safari? 1.4 Million for her, her baby chimps and her staff.

To bad she didn't stay in Africa, as it IS her husbands natural born citizenship.

The CSMF Marxist in chief needs to go back to his African culture.

THAT, is all.

Braden Lynch said...

I suggest she just shut up, drop out of sight and stay the [bleep] out of my life. That's what the decent, classy First Ladies have done in the past.

Dictating what my kids should do and eat is beyond insulting.

She needs to focus on her children and leave mine alone.

People think she is something sweet, but I'm a good judge of character and she is a witch.