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Lady Michelle Obama
has a larger staff than previous first
Summary of the eRumor: This is an email that contains a list of 22 staff
members under First Lady Michelle Obama along with their salaries.
The email alleges that "There has never been anyone in the White House at any
time that has created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the
facilitation of the First Lady's social life." It also says that
former First Lady Hillary Clinton had three, Jackie Kennedy had one and
Laura Bush only had one staff member.
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 a29 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
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
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
First Lady Requires More Than Twenty
Recession, Depression, What, Michelle Worry?
July 7, 2009
Dr. Paul L. Williams
"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 personal secretary.
How things have changed! If you're one of the tens of millions of
Americans facing certain destitution, earning less than subsistence
wages stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart or serving up McDonald
cheeseburgers, prepare to scream and then come to realize that the
benefit package for these servants of Miz Michelle are the same as
members of the national security and defense departments and the bill
for these assorted lackeys is paid by John Q. Public:
1. $172,2000 - 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. 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
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
11. 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. Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First
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. 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
21. Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)
22. Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for
the First Lady)
There has never been anyone in the White House at any time that has
created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation
of the First Lady's social life. One wonders why she needs so much help,
at taxpayer expense, when even Hillary, only had three; Jackie Kennedy
one; Laura Bush one; and prior to Mamie Eisenhower social help came from
the President's own pocket.
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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