• Laura Bush Disagrees with Michelle Obama: First Ladies Don’t Need A Gov’t Salary

    President Obama complained about how Michelle doesn’t have a salary for her work as First Lady during a Working Mother’s town hall on Wednesday in North Carolina.

    “Let me tell you, now, Michelle would point out First Ladies get paid nothing, so there’s clearly not equal pay in the White House when it comes to her and me,” Obama joked.  “I want a big paycheck for Michelle.”

    Obama explained that, before he moved into the White House, he wanted Michelle Obama to get paid as much as she could, because it made it easier for the family to pay the bills.

    He called the issue a “no brainer” and said “hopefully we’ll — we’re just going to keep on pushing until the light bulb goes off above the heads of some of these Republican friends of mine.”

    The president advocated for Mrs. Obama’s paycheck on Tax day, the day millions of Americans begrudgingly pay their tax debt to Uncle Sam. After all taxpayers, who are already on the hook for millions in support of the first lady, would be subsidizing her salary, too. Living rent-free with chefs, maids, drivers, servants on call 24 hours a day, at the most exclusive address in the world merits a lofty salary, apparently.

    Jetting around the world in private jets to exotic locations, shopping sprees, tax payer funded vacations  at 5-star luxury resorts and basking in the reflected fame of her powerful husband is not enough for Michelle.

    Next thing you know, they’ll be telling us they, too, left the White House “dead broke.”

    Michelle’s predecessor, Laura Bush, doesn’t think equal pay for the president and first lady are necessary and reminds us that being first lady was a position she was honored to have.

    Mrs. Bush during an interview last January, interestingly enough, promoting the C-SPAN’s series “First Ladies,” was asked whether or not the presidential wives should receive a salary.

    “I don’t think so, there are plenty of perks, believe me. A chef, that was really great, I miss the chef,” she replied. “The real question we should ask, is should we have a career during those years that her husband is president, in addition to serving as first lady.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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