Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on August 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama has campaigned on equal-pay issues going all the way back to 2007, so it’s no big surprise to hear him still campaigning on it in 2012.  He regularly cites the Lily Ledbetter Act as one of his big achievements as President, fighting for equal pay for women, although the merits of a bill that allows for more retroactive lawsuits is certainly debatable.  However, it seems that Obama has a new crusade — equal pay for … First Ladies:

And let me say this.  When I talk about women’s issues, I’m talking about the experiences that I’ve seen in my own life.  Everybody knows Michelle.  (Applause.)  The fact that we are partners in this process, this journey of life, has been my source of strength.  And I want to make sure that she has control over her health care choices.  I want to make sure that when she’s working, she is getting paid the same as men.  I’ve got to say, First Ladies right now don’t — (laughter) — even though that’s a tough job.

Well, actually, it isn’t a job.  There is no “job” called Presidential Spouse, just as there is no “job” called Presidential Child.  Is life difficult for presidential spouses and children?  In many ways, yes.  And in many ways, no.  Few people get to live in an elaborate mansion with household and kitchen staff on duty all hours of the day and night, for instance, paid by taxpayers for their comfort.  Few other spouses get the kind of political/cultural platforms that First Ladies do, either. As this First Family has discovered, the vacation venues and covered travel expenses are usually a bit better than the hoi polloi experience, too.

But First Ladies don’t get paid because Presidential Spouse isn’t a government position; it’s a circumstance of being married to the President … who, by the way, gets $400,000 a year in salary, a hefty pension even after just a single term that includes the kind of Cadillac-plan health care that Obama himself decried in the private sector, and lifetime a decade of free personal security.  If that’s not enough, then perhaps the Obamas should take this opportunity to retire so that Mrs. Obama can go back to work in the private sector.

By the way, there’s nothing that legally prevents a First Lady from having a job of her own, or a First Dude if those circumstances arise.  It would be impractical for a number of reasons, not the least of which are issues of conflicts of interest and security.  But it has been done, albeit for a very brief time: Hillary Clinton formally entered the Senate more than two weeks before her husband stopped being the President in January 2001.

Update: I had forgotten that the President could lead on this issue very easily — by paying women equally in his own White House.  So far, Obama is all talk.

Update II: Secret Service protection for former Presidents and their families was curtailed to 10 years; I’ve corrected that above.

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sure, lets pay Mooch for nothingburgers…

OmahaConservative on August 16, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Doesn’t she get enough to eat?

JimK on August 16, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Don’t cry for me, America.

JimK on August 16, 2012 at 8:06 AM

..doesn’t this fat, angry, stevedore-shoulderd, American-hating wench already get perks and stuff in excess of what any decent chief executive makes plus a staff of about 40 or so?

Crap! The shells from the lobsters she sucks down in a week fill up two dumpsters out in back of the White House .

The War Planner on August 16, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Let them eat cake

cmsinaz on August 16, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Everybody knows Michelle.

Another reason you must go.

50sGuy on August 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

I thought starting with President Bush, secret service was only for 10 years?

usedtobeinmich on August 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Day By Day is great and day by day is the way we have to take this crew running the country.

docflash on August 16, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Well if you recall, Michelle is used to having lucrative jobs ‘created or saved’ for her and was making over $300k in Chicago at the hospital.

Looking at the payroll of her entourage you have to ask whether it’d be cheaper to outsource the job of first lady and staff. I’m sure there are some very willing and able candidates in India or Asia that would do those jobs just as well at a significant savings to the American taxpayers.

CitizenEgg on August 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

So he’s saying being First Lady Is above her paygrade?

apostic on August 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

[Comment deleted, user warned. — Ed]

deimos on August 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I have it on good authority that Moochy sells fried chicken and crack out the back of the WH.

That should pay well enough.

CorporatePiggy on August 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Eat a McMuffin Mooch and shut the *??* up.

Electrongod on August 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Back to some ‘work-work’ today:

Obama Schedule || Thursday, August 16, 2012

by Keith Koffler on August 15, 2012, 9:11 pm

10:15 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
10:45 am || Meets with Secretary of State Clinton
12:30 pm || Lunch with Vice President Biden
1:45 pm || Meets with Secretary of Treasury Giethner

Looking at BO’s schedules one could argue that he shouldn’t be paid.

Half a day today….. the rest of the time he uses our money to campaign for another 4 years of failure and misery.

Cody1991 on August 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM

$400,000 a year in salary

..of which 99% can go into savings, since food, housing, travel, health care, etc, are all provided.

itsnotaboutme on August 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM

The nice thing about having to pander to dwindling constituencies is that it leaves more time for golf.

swinia sutki on August 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Disgusting.

petefrt on August 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Actually, being a beard with global exposure while also trying to keep up with being a food taster for the dog-eater IS a full time job.

Yoop on August 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

deimos on August 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Im no Moochelle fan, but that’s really offensive and uncalled for. Keep a civil tongue in your head or buzz off.

Naturally Curly on August 16, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Are women in the white house still getting 18% less then the men? Fix that Mr. President until then it’s all just hot air.

Gwillie on August 16, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Just FYI, as I recall, the First Family has to pay for all of their own food, except that served at state dinners or other official functions. Just bear than in mind when commenting.

Ed Morrissey on August 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

If he wants to start paying government spouses if should start with those in the military. That’s a spouse with a real job

geramy2012 on August 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

dis·gust [dis-guhst, dih-skuhst]

noun
repugnance caused by reading the unmitigated hatred for the First Lady in the Hot Air comment section.

itsnotaboutme on August 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

I want to make sure that when she’s working spending the taxpayers money on lavish vacations, she is getting paid the same as men as much as I am.

-bHo

VietVet_Dave on August 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Just FYI, as I recall, the First Family has to pay for all of their own food, except that served at state dinners or other official functions. Just bear than in mind when commenting.

Ed Morrissey on August 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

I stand corrected, sir.
Now please do something about the nasty Michelle Derangement Syndrome here.

itsnotaboutme on August 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM

“…..a hefty pension even after just a single term….”

This phrase, single term, is music to my ears.

Rovin on August 16, 2012 at 8:23 AM

If Moochelle doesn’t like her huge staff (paid for by taxpayers), travel allotment which as forked out millions of dollars for her exotic vacays, she’s more than welcome to go back to Chicago and live in her Rezko McManshion until January when she’s no longer first “lady”.

Moochelle needs to understand that First Lady isn’t a “no show” job you get paid $300K a year for.

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 8:25 AM

I don’t think he gets lifetime personal security. George Bush or Billy Jeff signed a bill that only gives them 10 years from the date they leave office. So, by 2023, Obama is on his own.

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Thanks for tidying up the place, Ed.

Naturally Curly on August 16, 2012 at 8:27 AM

I want to make sure that when she’s working spending the taxpayers money on lavish vacations, she is getting paid the same as men as much as I am.

-bHo

VietVet_Dave on August 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM

What “work” does she do besides vacation on our dime and get angry at 15 year old Olympic Gymnasts for having an Egg McMuffin?

(and no one with a beam as broad as Moochelle should EVER lecture someone else about health and fitness, ESPECIALLY a GOLD MEDAL OLYMPIAN).

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 8:27 AM

http://www.secretservice.gov/protection_works.shtml

All current former presidents are entitled to lifetime Secret Service protection. However, as a result of legislation enacted in 1997, President George W. Bush will be the first president to have his protection limited to 10 years after he leaves office.

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:28 AM

By the way, there’s nothing that legally prevents a First Lady from having a job of her own, or a First Dude if those circumstances arise.

When Bob Dole was running for President, Elizabeth Dole was President of the American Red Cross (which has its office a couple blocks away from the White House). She stated that she would continue with that job should her husband be elected. Not that there was any chance of THAT, it would be interesting to see a working first spouse. Or second spouse for that matter.

There is nothing to prevent Mooch to put down the lobster tail, wipe the drawn butter off her chins, and get a job for the first time in her miserable life. And by job I don’t mean another one of those no-show jobs she has had in the past as a way to funnel money to her good-for-nothing spouse.

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Next we will hear that she is a modern day slave to the state in a lawsuit filed after Jan 20, 2013. Question is how much in back wages does she think she is entitled to?

meci on August 16, 2012 at 8:29 AM

You have to really work hard to interpret that very brief aside as somehow making a case for Michelle to be put on payroll.

Must have been a slow gaff day in Obamaland for this to be the quote. Biden have the day off?

urban elitist on August 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM

And I want to make sure that she has control over her health care choices.

apparently mine too!?
/Gabby Douglas

ted c on August 16, 2012 at 8:31 AM

If he wants to start paying government spouses if should start with those in the military. That’s a spouse with a real job

geramy2012 on August 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

You know these people. They would pass something paying military spouses but hidden in the fine print is the fact that as the spouse of the Commander-in-Chief, Mooch is entitled to a salary as a “military spouse.”

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM

She flew a few hours ahead of Barry to the Vinyard in her own jet for a little extra vacation time. Must be rough.

newportmike on August 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Next we will hear that she is a modern day slave to the state in a lawsuit filed after Jan 20, 2013. Question is how much in back wages does she think she is entitled to?

meci on August 16, 2012 at 8:29 AM

40 acres and a mule?

swinia sutki on August 16, 2012 at 8:34 AM

There is nothing to prevent Mooch to put down the lobster tail, wipe the drawn butter off her chins, and get a job for the first time in her miserable life. And by job I don’t mean another one of those no-show jobs she has had in the past as a way to funnel money to her good-for-nothing spouse.

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 8:28 AM

I don’t think she’s ever had a “real” job any more than her grifter husband has. She’s a lawyer who (to anyone’s knowledge) hasn’t practiced law, and she doesn’t even have a license TO practice. How she lost her license has been as well covered up as Barry’s academic records.

Given how she is a bitter, angry harridan with chips on her rather broad shoulders I can understand how practicing law wouldn’t go well for her, you can’t glare at judges and lecture them when they disagree with you.

The only “job” she ever had that we know of was her famous “no show” 300K a year job with a hospital in Chicago where she provided cover (and maybe legal advice?) for dumping low income patients.

Just like Barry, I doubt Moochelle has ever worked a single 9-5 day and a 40 hour week, to say the least of an OVERTIME week in her life.

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 8:34 AM

“I think y’all should pay Michelle to live with me cuz you know how hard that must be since I’m so awesome.” –Obama

tims472 on August 16, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Sly pander for woman’s vote, except it rings hollow when you recall their attitudes towards stay at home moms.

bayview on August 16, 2012 at 8:34 AM

They would pass something paying military spouses…
Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Why bother… have pen… will EO it.
– bHo

VietVet_Dave on August 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM

She flew a few hours ahead of Barry to the Vinyard in her own jet for a little extra vacation time. Must be rough.

newportmike on August 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM

She’s done the same thing twice to their Christmas Extravagant-za in that state Barry Hussein was allegedly born in too.

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Just like Barry, I doubt Moochelle has ever worked a single 9-5 day and a 40 hour week, to say the least of an OVERTIME week in her life.

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 8:34 AM

But, but… what about the hard labor that went into the garden? Ok, so it was stocked with pre-grown vegetables.

VietVet_Dave on August 16, 2012 at 8:37 AM

But First Ladies don’t get paid because Presidential Spouse isn’t a government position; it’s a circumstance of being married to the President

LOL. Well you can’t really blame Michelle for thinking she should be making money as a result of the circumstance of being married to a holder of a high elected office. After all, that’s how she got her previous jobs in Chicago, after she failed as a lawyer.

AZCoyote on August 16, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Neither of them has ever held a real job in their lives. Sure, they’ve picked up sizeable paychecks, but they’ve never actually worked.

Trafalgar on August 16, 2012 at 8:39 AM

the first family has to pay for their own food!

my God, how do they survive?

Slade73 on August 16, 2012 at 8:39 AM

See you bitter clingers? I do in fact talk about the need for jobs. Michelle is living under harsh conditions for no pay.

Give Michelle a GS classification.

//Barack H Obama Industrial Consultant!*

*ask me how to turn 100,000 in small bills into a 500 million dollar “loan”

harlekwin15 on August 16, 2012 at 8:40 AM

They would pass something paying military spouses…
Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Why bother… have pen… will EO it.
– bHo

VietVet_Dave on August 16, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Barry is already by far the highest paid “member” of Seal Team 6. I’m all for it if the other members got paid like he does…

If anyone deserves it, THOSE guys do…

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 8:41 AM

the first family has to pay for their own food!

my God, how do they survive?

Slade73 on August 16, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Yeah, really. I’ve been paying for my own food since 1991 and have never been on welfare or food stamps. How in the hell have I managed to not starve to death in all that time?

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 8:42 AM

10:45 am || Meets with Secretary of State Clinton

Cody1991 on August 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM

According to the Weekly Standard, the meeting with Clinton also includes the VP.

O/T “First-time jobless claims rose by 2,000 to 366,000 in the latest week”

Flora Duh on August 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM

If Prezzy Equal Pay can dream up amnesty for illegals, he can dream up a pay check for the First Mooch, calling her the Very Special Assistant in charge of their life process and production of first kids. Next year it will be pay for those first kids cuz they help with the life process thingy, too.

Kissmygrits on August 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

dis·gust   [dis-guhst, dih-skuhst]

noun
repugnance caused by reading the unmitigated hatred for the First Lady in the Hot Air comment section.

itsnotaboutme on August 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

dis·gust   [dis-guhst, dih-skuhst]

noun

repugnance caused by hearing a *new* first lady say that “for the first time in her life she is proud of her country”.

Yoop on August 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Neither of them has ever held a real job in their lives.

Trafalgar on August 16, 2012 at 8:39 AM

But wait, word is out that she once worked as a test dummy in a girdle factory.

petefrt on August 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Just like Barry, I doubt Moochelle has ever worked a single 9-5 day and a 40 hour week, to say the least of an OVERTIME week in her life.

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 8:34 AM

You know how they say find a job you love and you’ll never work another day in your life? The Obamas have warped that into- Con your way into the White House and you’ll be able to vacation the rest of your life on the people’s dime.

I have no doubt that Mooch puts in many hours a week but doing whatever she wants to do as part of her anti-(good) food agenda. That’s a little different than being accountable to a boss, company, or shareholders (if these commies were ever to believe in private sector enterprises).

But along with that, is the fact that a politician running for high office has to understand that there are family compromises involved with being in the public spotlight.

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

If Prezzy Equal Pay can dream up amnesty for illegals, he can dream up a pay check for the First Mooch, calling her the Very Special Assistant in charge of their life process and production of first kids. Next year it will be pay for those first kids cuz they help with the life process thingy, too.

Kissmygrits on August 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

He doesn’t even pay women who work for his campaign equally.

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM

According to the Weekly Standard, the meeting with Clinton also includes the VP.

Flora Duh on August 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM

If there is a switch of horses’ ass, it would not be done in a joint meeting.

bayview on August 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM

O/T “First-time jobless claims rose by 2,000 to 366,000 in the latest week”

Flora Duh on August 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM

BEST RECOVERY SUMMER EVER!!!!

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Well you can’t really blame Michelle for thinking she should be making money as a result of the circumstance of being married to a holder an usurper of a high elected office. After all, that’s how she got her previous jobs in Chicago, after she failed as a lawyer.

AZCoyote on August 16, 2012 at 8:39 AM

To me, he’s not a President until I see his real birth certificate published. It might be not a sexy political point to reiterate but the easiness with which he used groupthink to dupe the whole country never ceases to amaze me.

Archivarix on August 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Flora Duh on August 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Yes, I noticed that Biden will be there, too….. hmmmmmmmmm I’d love to be privy to that conversation. Wonder how much food is going to fly?!

Cody1991 on August 16, 2012 at 8:49 AM

According to the Weekly Standard, the meeting with Clinton also includes the VP.

Flora Duh on August 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Great, Joe can regale her with back to the plantation stories while she tells him she “don’t feel in no ways tired”.

Trafalgar on August 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

You know how they say find a job you love and you’ll never work another day in your life? The Obamas have warped that into- Con your way into the White House and you’ll be able to vacation the rest of your life on the people’s dime.

I have no doubt that Mooch puts in many hours a week but doing whatever she wants to do as part of her anti-(good) food agenda. That’s a little different than being accountable to a boss, company, or shareholders (if these commies were ever to believe in private sector enterprises).

But along with that, is the fact that a politician running for high office has to understand that there are family compromises involved with being in the public spotlight.

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

The Obamas have always been doing exactly that. From community organizer onwards into politics both of them have been no-good grifters who mooch off of someone else.

Neither one of them have added a single dollar of productivity to the American economy in their worthless, vapid lives.

Indeed, they’ve been so expensive they’ve SUBTRACTED many more dollars from the economy than a score of good, hard working Americans will ever be able to produce.

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

If there is a switch of horses’ ass, it would not be done in a joint meeting.

bayview on August 16, 2012 at 8:48 AM

No but you’ve gotta believe that Obama’s people are gaming out the options in private.

I don’t think there will be a switch for a lot of reasons but we are within three months of the election. Campaigns have a message of the day- for example, when Obama is out there plugging wind farms his surrogates will be out talking about “green energy” issues. It was no coincidence that yesterday while the message was to attack the idea that Obama looted $716B from today’s elderly to pay for Obamacare that his HHS whore was out there emphasizing all the free stuff the seniors are getting to cover the “donut hole.”

Every day that Obama and his minions have to be out there defending some stupid thing said by the VP is a day off message.

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

What about his mother-in-law? Shouldn’t she get paid, too? It’s the Chicago Way to have all your relatives feeding at the public trough.

Fallon on August 16, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Trafalgar on August 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Quote of the Day || August 16, 2012

by Keith Koffler on August 15, 2012, 10:09 pm

“There’s no reason for concern about me, or to throw me off the ticket. I’m fully prepared, should it ever become necessary, to serve as prime minister.”

– Vice President Joe Biden

A note from our attorneys: This is not a real quote

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/

Cody1991 on August 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Great, Joe can regale her with back to the plantation stories while she tells him she “don’t feel in no ways tired”.

Trafalgar on August 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

They could put on a whole minstral show.

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM

So his campaign has evolved from “we’ll give you free stuff” to “we want you to pay for more free stuff for us”?

The Rogue Tomato on August 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

So his campaign has evolved from “we’ll give you free stuff” to “we want you to pay for more free stuff for us”?

The Rogue Tomato on August 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

They want all the perqs AND a swag bag.

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

MaMa Michelle want another $6500 designer dress!

pilamaye on August 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Barry is already by far the highest paid “member” of Seal Team 6. I’m all for it if the other members got paid like he does…

If anyone deserves it, THOSE guys do…

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 8:41 AM

How many times do I have to tell YOU PEOPLE that seal team six didn’t take out Osama. Some teacher in a NY rubber room and couple of road crew guys did that.

*bangs head on desk*

Laura in Maryland on August 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Sorry about the whole non-pay for FLOTUS thingy… you can plan on going back to Chicago and can gripe about it there…

Khun Joe on August 16, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Suppose for a moment, Obama signs an Executive order granting a “salary” for FLOTUS…or worse, Congress approves it.

In January, after the Romney’s move into the White House, do you suppose the Dems will be hollering to high heaven about how that millionaire new First Lady is drawing a salary?

Yep.

FLOTUS is not a federal employee.

Was not elected on any ballot.

Already receives a more than generous tax-payer provided stipend for expenses, and a huge personal staff over on the East Wing, gets free comprehensive medical care, gets to fly anywhere she wants whenever she wants on our dime, stay in the best resorts and hotels, dines in the finest restaurants…and we are already paying for that.

But, Obama wants his spouse to draw a salary?

If he cannot “afford” her, if she cannot live within a household budget, then maybe he should dump her.

Maybe if she wasn’t spending money on those horrendous thousand dollar blouses and outfits…would that be too much to ask?

Real American families have to face this and a lot more every month as they watch their pay dwindle and their investments (real investments) turn to doo doo.

Putz.

coldwarrior on August 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Clothes are expensive.

Cindy Munford on August 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I had forgotten that the President could lead on this issue very easily — by paying women equally in his own White House

Yeah right. Obviously the 44th-White-1st-Gay president is going to prefer the men on his staff.

Nutstuyu on August 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM

FLOTUS already has a job in the WH. She and Jarrett are doing Obama’s job. Obama is just the front guy.

BetseyRoss on August 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM

By the way, there’s nothing that legally prevents a First Lady from having a job of her own, or a First Dude if those circumstances arise.
When Bob Dole was running for President, Elizabeth Dole was President of the American Red Cross (which has its office a couple blocks away from the White House). She stated that she would continue with that job should her husband be elected.

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 8:28 AM

And don’t forget Dr. Cathy Ryan was an eye doctor and continued her practice after Jack became the president. Wait, that was a fictional president? Well so is this one.

Nutstuyu on August 16, 2012 at 10:06 AM

FLOTUS already has a job in the WH. She and Jarrett are doing Obama’s job to each other. Obama is just the front guy watching.

BetseyRoss on August 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM

FIFY.

Nutstuyu on August 16, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Dear President Obama,

Its not a ‘job’ – no one hired her. Its a ‘role’. She has a ‘role’ as First Lady. Nothing more. Nothing less. Your position doesn’t entitle your wife to a paying job. I know, I know, you got her that cushy $300k a year(that was only paying 1/3 of that BEFORE she was hired) Chicago patient-dumping hospital job that wasn’t filled when she left for you to campaign, but that doesn’t count.

There are millions, however, who are looking for real ‘jobs’ and cannot find them as a result of your policies.

Get a grip.

joadard on August 16, 2012 at 10:16 AM

[Comment deleted, user warned. — Ed]

deimos on August 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

SWISHHHHH!!!

CurtZHP on August 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Biden have the day off?

urban elitist on August 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I thought it was your turn to watch him today.

CurtZHP on August 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I wonder how that suggestion that the First Lady be paid went over with the crowd? Many of these farm families have wives who have to work to make ends meet (on top of the husband taking another job too); I can’t imagine they were enchanted with the idea that the First Lady needs to be paid too.

And I’d like to see the next Congress limit First Lady staff and expenses. It is ridiculous that any First Lady have 24 people reporting to them: Special Assistants, Events Coordinator, Travel Aides and so on. Snopes has a list and says Michelle doesn’t have more than Laura Bush, although salary amounts are higher with Mrs. Obama (but of course, you have to believe the ‘fact checkers’ are always truthful!). Positions should be justified to Congress, not just given a blank check.

mathgal60 on August 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

She wants to say that this is the ‘second time in her adult life’ she’s ‘proud of her country.’

TimBuk3 on August 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Few people get to live in an elaborate mansion with household and kitchen staff on duty all hours of the day and night, for instance, paid by taxpayers for their comfort.

Can you imagine what the conversations must be like around the dinner table at the White House, with the 0bamas knowing that they are about to lose the election?

Michelle:

Barack! You get your a$$ out there and campaign! I don’t care what you gotta do, we need to win this election! I am NOT moving back to Chicago!

Little henpecked Barry (hanging his head in shame, playing with peas):

yes, dear.

UltimateBob on August 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Now please do something about the nasty Michelle Derangement Syndrome here.

itsnotaboutme on August 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM

“Do something”? Such as…what?
How about making everyone think alike and post only glowing accolades for the ‘divine ms. mooch’? You know, get everyone thinking in lockstep with you.

There is no “derangement syndrome” going on. Our “first spouse” is a mooch, a leech and a dirt-common looter of the public treasury.

Solaratov on August 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM

How many times do I have to tell YOU PEOPLE that seal team six didn’t take out Osama. Some teacher in a NY rubber room and couple of road crew guys did that.

*bangs head on desk*

Laura in Maryland on August 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

So…the job was ‘shovel ready’?

Solaratov on August 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Michelle lecturing Gabby on eating habits was priceless. I’m sorry. You don’t get a butt that big if you are eating clean and healthy. I guess she hides in the closet eating Ding Dongs and Twinkies.

TXMomof3 on August 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

“I had forgotten that the President could lead on this issue very easily — by paying women equally in his own White House.”

That’s a lotta moo-la for that extra didgit. Since there seems to be an overabundance of men of improper persuasion working in the WH, it may be compensation for extra favors.

elm on August 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

She can get her fat azz off the couch and go to work, dumping more patients from hospitals, as she did bef. he landed in the WH.

Ingrates! Go to Hades.

What’s next? Pay for all the spouses of the idiots in congress?

Schadenfreude on August 16, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Just FYI, as I recall, the First Family has to pay for all of their own food, except that served at state dinners or other official functions. Just bear than in mind when commenting.

Ed Morrissey on August 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Even if true, they deem what is “official”. These degenerates know how to play.

Schadenfreude on August 16, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Surely Sasha and Malia deserve to have large allowances paid by the taxpayers too!

If you don’t, you are racist and hate children.

LegendHasIt on August 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Oh, *now* being FLOTUS is a “tough job?” Because back in 2008 he said that all the FLOTUS did was serve tea (re: Hillary).

I guess Obama is “evolving” all over the place.

Dark Star on August 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM