First Lady requires 22 attendants – Cost: $1,626,700 per year

August 10, 2009 – 6:47 pm

One wonders why she needs so much help, at taxpayer expense, when:
Hillary Clinton had three;
Jackie Kennedy had one;
Laura Bush had one.  

“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  

No, Michele Obama does not get paid to serve as the First Lady and she doesn’t perform any official duties. But this hasn’t deterred her from hiring an unprecedented number of staffers to cater to her every whim and to satisfy her every request in the midst of the Great Recession.  Just think Mary Lincoln was taken to task for purchasing china for the White House during the Civil War. And Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her own personal secretary.

1. $172,200 – Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)  

2. $140,000 – Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)  

3. $113,000 – Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary)  

4. $102,000 – Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)  

5. $90,000 – Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)  

6. $90,000 – Medina , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)  

7. $84,000 – Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)  

8. $75,000 – Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)  

9. $70,000 – Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady)  

10. $65,000 – Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)  

11. $65,000 – Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)  

12. $62,000 – Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)  

13. $60,000 – Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)  

14. $90,000 – Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)  

15. $52,500 – Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)  

16. $50,000 – Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)  

17. $45,000 – Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)  

18. $45,000 – Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)  

19. $40,000 – Boswell, Joseph J (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)  

20. $36,000 – Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)  

21. $40,000 Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)  

22. $40,000 – Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)  

Never has there been anyone in the White House with such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady’s social life. 

Note: This does not include makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and “First Hairstylist” Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom travelled aboard Air Force One to Europe . 

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