Friday, January 29, 2010
It seems that Michelle Obama is getting a bad rap.
There is no one out here that dislikes what the President is doing to our country any more than myself. I have made myself very clear on a number of posts.
With that said, there is no need to for people to be posting bogus material on the First Lady.
A post making its way around emails and the internet deals with Michelle Obama's staff. You can see a copy at Snopes.com.
Yes it is true, Michelle Obama has a big staff.
But she is not alone.
You can see the 2008 White House staff here. Laura Bush had a staff of 16 listed.
According to the AP...
A look at some first ladies and their staff sizes:
—Michelle Obama: 24, according to her office.
—Laura Bush: Between 24 and 26 by end of President George W. Bush's term in 2009, according to Anita McBride, Mrs. Bush's chief of staff.
—Hillary Rodham Clinton: 13 in October 1993, rising to 19 by March 2000, according to the Clinton Presidential Library.
—Lady Bird Johnson, whose signature issue was beautifying roadways, had a staff of 30, said Stacy A. Cordery, a history professor at Montmouth College in Illinois who studies first ladies.
—Betty Ford had almost the same number.
—Jacqueline Kennedy, who made renovating the White House her cause, had about 40 people on staff, Cordery said.