As hard as that request was to believe it was made in the context of a campaign season where the monetary take for the President isn't what it once was.
Since that time something worse has emerged from the White House that's costing you and I, the American taxpayers, an awful lot of money.
That assumes of course that in the upside down world of Washington where spending billions on useless pork is spoken about the way regular people talk about spending $5 for a slice and an acceptably sized cup of soda (in Mayor Bloomberg's N.Y.), that wasting over $2MM a year is still real money.
This particular story is about Michelle Obama, the unpaid wife of the President who has no official job to speak of although unofficially she is the nations nutritionist.
For her efforts the First Lady has a personal staff of over 20 people who cater to her every whim and need.
Now while it is not unusual for a First Lady to have some help with whatever cause it is that they are trying to promote, are 20+ people including a hairdresser and make-up artist really necessary when the "folks" on Main Street are suffering each and every day?
“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.
If what she does is the definition of public service then where do I sign-up?
The Queen's personal attendants!
$172,2000 - Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)
$140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)
$113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary)
$102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)
$102,000 - Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
$90,000 - Medina, David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
$84,000 - Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)
$75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)
$70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady)
$65,000 - Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
$65,000 - Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
$62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)
$60,000 - Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)
$60,000 - Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)
$52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)
$50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)
$45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)
$45,000 - Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)
$40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
$36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)
$36,000 - Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)
$36,000 - Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)
To be kind I suppose one could say that she is doing her best to help the employment situation in the country that her husband has proven extremely inept at doing anything about.
But that would be, to use lawyer speak, a spurious argument at best!
The Obama Romney Debate
What this wanton example of lifestyle excess within the White House illustrates is that while the mainstream media and the Obama campaign vilify Mitt Romney for his business successes, the Obama's share a lifestyle very similar to the former businessman although funded and earned in a much different way.
When you've been a success at something and your record is out there for the world to see it can easily be picked apart by anyone with an agenda who chooses to do so.
In the case of Barack Obama who has no background of any kind in business and instead owes much of his success to the efficient functioning of the Chicago political machine, he is free to throw stones.
These stones of course don't address his failures in office but instead each has an excuse attached that blames everyone but his administration.
The President chooses to scapegoat everyone else for his failures and because he has no background of his own to criticize, he is relatively free to spout a populist message to legions of people who are struggling. When you add in the one-way coverage of the media, you have a potent cocktail.
Hopefully, as easily swayed and pliable the minds of the American people typically are, deep down they not stupid.
At least that's what we have to hope for come November!
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