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

One for Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon,  Rosalynn Carter, Laura Bush, Barbara Bush and Betty Ford. Seven staffers for Hillary Clinton and 22 for Michelle Obama. Her personal staff and their salaries: Chief of Staff Susan Sher $192,200; Director of Communications for the First Lady Camille Y. Johnston $122,000; Director of Policy and Projects Jocelyn C. Frye; White House Social Secretary Desiree G. Rogers $133,000; Deputy Chief of Staff Melissa Winter $120,000; Deputy Chief of Staff David S. Medina $110,000; Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady Catherine Lilyveld $104,000; Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady Frances M. Starkey $95,000; Deputy Director of Police and Project for the First Lady Trooper Sanders $90,000; Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary Erinn Burrough $85,000; Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordination Jennifer Goodman $82,000; Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Alan Fritz $80,000 and more to equal $2,075,200 billion in annual salaries.



  • Free editor says:

    I don’t believe that Michelle Obama’s staff payroll is quite in the billions.

    Maybe Jerry needs a proofreader.

  • Eagle says:

    Free editor is correct. examined the $2 billion figure as reported in a chain email. Here’s what they reported: “The combined annual salaries for the 22 staffers we can specifically identify as working for Michelle Obama come to $1.6 million. For the 18 we could identify as working for Laura Bush in 2008, the total is $1.4 million.”

  • Towncar07 says:

    Don’t look at me…I have no idea…but I have seen the figures of the Obama’s private trips & vacations, plus the staff mentioned over 8 years, and I believe it came out to over a Billion$…still an unusual amount.

    I will leave it up to Mr. Berger to advise a proofreader.

    I am now, barring any earth shattering news of significant interest on this site, going to take myself a “sabbatical” as it were to concentrate on my ersatz “white privilege” and prepare to head to the northern climate where the hardest decision of the day is what time do we tee off…and what’s for dinner.

    Until I pop up again, I leave the comments in the capable hands of Kitty, buttinsky, and other fellow non-liberals to step up and hit the rebuttals out of the park, and win one for the Towncar.

  • Eagle says:

    For someone with “no idea” you sure set a land speed record for quoting a billion dollar figure. Your “no idea” comment was entirely accurate. You don’t have a clue but don’t need one to express your undeniable animosity toward President and Mrs. Obama.

  • RETIRED1 says:

    What rightwing nutjob has co-opted this site with these bald faced right wing lies?!

  • Eagle says:

    I’m going to guess the right answer is TC. If I’m right do I win a new car?

  • buttinsky says:

    She has milked the taxpayers for every possible dime for almost eight years. Its the girl’s spring break, oh, an amazing coincidence, she plans a goodwill tour to (insert exotic locale).

  • Eagle says:

    I’ve tried to find damning evidence that Michelle Obama is taking excessively extravagant vacations, but I’m not having much luck. So I decided to compare Mrs. Obama’s vacation habits to those of Laura Bush, since Mrs. Bush seemed to be above criticism.

    What I found was that during Bush’s second term alone, Laura Bush made five “goodwill” trips to Africa. President Bush made the trip twice during his presidency. Here is former First Lady Bush at an event the night before their trip in 2008, “Tomorrow, President Bush and I leave for what will be my fifth trip to Africa since 2001, and his second trip to Africa since 2001. I’ve seen the determination of the people across Africa — and the compassion of the people of the United States of America.” I believe the former Flotus ended up making seven trips to Africa.

    The National Taxpayer’s tackled the issue back on July 9, 2013 /
    National taxpayer’s union

    “With the attention Michelle Obama has received for her various trips – and they no doubt have cost taxpayers some significant chunks of change – you might be surprised at the results of National Taxpayers Union Foundation’s (NTUF’s) peek into our two most recent First Ladies’ international travelling habits.

    Michelle Obama has already traveled 72 days abroad up to this point. Certainly not an insignificant total, and her first term tally of 55 days abroad is more than President Reagan spent abroad in his first term.

    Yet, Michelle’s two-term travel record will almost assuredly fail to keep pace with Laura Bush’s record-setting feat. The former First Lady racked up a two-term total of 212 days abroad. Her second term included 135 days of international travel, which is more time than her husband, George W. Bush, spent abroad during the same time period!

    The sites that complained about Mrs. Obama’s travels cited expenses that to my reading were pretty typical of the enormous expenditures of Flotus and Potus travel. So then I took a look at the vacation habits of their respective husbands.

    CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reported that since Obama went into office in 2009, he had taken 23 vacations over the course over the course of 177 days. (Yahoo, Dec 18, 2015)

    At the same point in his presidency, George W. Bush had taken 78 vacations (including 68 trips to his ranch in Texas and 10 trips to Kennebunkport, Maine) over the course of 480 days. According to the Washington Post, “Ronald Reagan spent 335 days at his beloved California ranch. President John F. Kennedy spent nearly every weekend of his shortened presidency at one of his family’s several properties. FDR made 134 trips to Hyde Park and spent an additional six months of his presidency in Warm Springs, Ga., where he treated symptoms of his polio.”

    As a result of what I admit is not completely in-depth research, it would seem that the complaints about Mrs. Obama’s vacation habits reflect a definite conservative bias, as Mrs. Obama seems to have a lightning rod for their ire. My own feeling is that since the presidential salary is ridiculously low ($400,000), the vacation travel of Flotus should be condsidered a compensatory perk, whether we are talking about Mrs. Bush or Mrs. Obama, since both woman can be accused of wasting taxpayer dollars.

    (Since 2001, the president has earned a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment. The most recent raise in salary was approved by Congress and President Bill Clinton in 1999 and went into effect in 2001.)

  • RETIRED1 says:

    Eagle shut these right wingnut liars down again by refuting their bald faced lies with documented FACTS!

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