The Truth: |
The allegations that former first
ladies from previous administrations had smaller staffs is
- at least in the cases of Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.
On July 1, 2009 the
White House released a 29 Page long ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS ON WHITE HOUSE
OFFICE STAFF. This report in Adobe PDF format can be found on the
Executive Mansion website:
Click for report.
TruthorFiction.com confirmed the following staff members, job titles as
they appeared in the report and annual salaries. Please note that
some of the below job titles do not indicate clearly if they are
directly under the President or the First Lady :
Sher, Susan Assistant
To The President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady 172,200
Frye, Jocelyn C
Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy and Projects
For the Fist Lady 140,000
Rogers, Desiree G. Special
Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary 113,000
Johnston, Camille Y. Special Assistant to
the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady
Winter, Melissa E.
Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the
First Lady 102,000
Medina, David S.
Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady 90,000
Lelyveld, Catherine M. Director and Press
Secretary to the First Lady 84,000
Starkey, Frances M. Director of
Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady 75,000
Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady 70,000
Burnough, Erinn J.
Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary 65,000
Reinstein, Joseph B.
Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary
Goodman, Jennifer R. Deputy Director
of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady 62.000
Fitts, Alan O.
Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady
Lewis, Dana M.
Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady
Mustaphi, Semonti M. Associate Director and
Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady 52,500
Jarvis, Kristen E.
Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady
Lechtenberg, Tyler A. Associate
Director of Correspondence For The First Lady 45,000
Deputy Associate Director 45,000
Boswell, Joseph J.
Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady
Armbruster, Sally M. Staff Assistant
to the Social Secretary 36,000
Staff Assistant $36,000
Jackson, Deilia A. Deputy Associate Director
of Correspondence for the First Lady 36,000
First Ladies of the
White House have no official job description. In an October 25, 2004 PBS
program former First Lady Laura Bush said , "It's not an office; you're
not elected to it." In the same transcript,
former First Lady Hillary Clinton called it a vicarious role.
The White House Museum
has a First Lady page with photos with descriptions of former First
Ladies meeting with staff members. Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush
showing a variation in numbers that would conflict with the numbers
indicated by Williams' blog.
The museum page said
that former first lady Hillary Clinton had a staff of twenty in addition
to fifteen interns and volunteers. The museum also said that Eleanor
Roosevelt had two staff members, Malvina Thompson and social secretary
Click for White House Museum First Lady Page.
Most of the substance
of this eRumor appears in a blog on the web site of Dr. Paul L. Williams
, Thelastcrusade.org. Williams told TruthorFiction.com that the last
paragraph of the forwarded email was added by some unknown author who
inserted his own opinion then forwarded the article as though his
contribution was a part of the original. The original unchanged version
can be found at:
The Last Crusade web
site, according to its self description is a place for visitors to
"engage in the life and death struggle against the forces of Islam,
apostasy, moral complacency, cultural relativity, and the New World
Order." Also, it says that they " abhor
the teachings of such spineless and heretical pseudo-Christians as
Robert Schuller, Rick Warren, and Joel Osteen."
Dr. Paul L.
Williams, according to his web site bio
was a former pastor a the Saint Paul's United Church of Christ in Taylor,
who vacated his position "because the denomination was spiritually