First Lady Melania Trump is still discovering certain things that Michelle Obama left behind at the White House, and one thing she just found was a “sick secret” that the former first lady left in place. After Melania got rid of it, reporters say Michelle refused to comment, likely because she was so pissed off over the whole thing. You’ll love how Melania handled her duties as the new first lady in a responsible way. Don’t miss this.
When Melania Trump took over the first lady’s offices in the East Wing of the White House, she knew that she would need a good “right-hand” woman who could show her the ropes. Stephanie Grisham was hired, and she has guided Mrs. Trump through the last ten months. Grisham told Melania that Michelle had over 24 staffers at her beck and call.
“During then-President Barack Obama’s first year in office, 16 people were listed working for Michelle Obama, earning a combined $1.24 million a year. While the 2009 annual report listed 16 staffers for Michelle Obama, her press secretary said at the time the staff actually included 24 people. A 2009 FactCheck.org story said Obama’s 24 aides might have broken records,” reports Fox News.
Melania decided that was extravagant, and she felt spending taxpayers dollars on something she did not need was egregious. Indeed, Michelle bloated her staff to 24 and spent $1.24 million annually, which turns out to be the biggest staff a first lady has ever employed. This is all coming out now as the first budget reports for the Trump White House has just been made available to the press. But, there’s more.
Grisham told Fox News this week that there are nine people working in the East Wing under Melania Trump, a few more than listed in the annual report. According to those personnel reports, Melania Trump’s staffers include a chief of staff, a communications director, a deputy chief of staff, and a deputy director of advance. However, even at nine, that is way under 24, and what’s even better, it’s saving taxpayers over $650,000 dollars.
Fox News contacted Michelle Obama’s office for comment, but they came back with a swift “no comment.” In fact, insiders say this is really pissing off Michelle Obama after the story started to go viral on social media. Twitter users were very bold in making it clear their disdain for Mrs. Obama’s spending habits when she was FLOTUS.
16 people worked for Michelle total salaries $1.24 million. Four people working for Melania total salaries $486,700.https://t.co/bXtI1MGrsj
— Patricia Dickson (@Patrici15767099) October 20, 2017
Melania Trump has reduced # aides in the first lady's office compared to former FLOTUS michelle obama. NO JOKE, old “bubble butt” COST US!!
— GRUBBS Sr. (@_GRUBBS_Sr) October 20, 2017
— AnJolie (@AnJolieLeg) October 20, 2017
“She [Melania] is more like a Pat Nixon or a Bess Truman than a Hillary Clinton or a Michelle Obama,” Andrew Och, a first lady historian who was a producer for C-SPAN’s “First Ladies: Influence and Image” series, said of Melania Trump. Thank God too, because the thought of having another Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama as the first lady makes half the country feel sick. I would say Melania is more of a Jackie Kennedy — quiet, not seeking the limelight, and a total fashionista who radiates class. She is not a politico nor does she want to be one, as Michelle and Hillary did.
Fox News also reported on why Michelle Obama needed a large staff, saying that “the larger staff is likely due in part to Michelle Obama entering the East Wing with a more aggressive agenda and embracing initiatives like her Let’s Move! child obesity campaign.” Really? A more “aggressive” agenda? Does that mean jet-setting around the world with an entourage of 75?
Are they saying Michelle needed 24 paid staffers to put together the “Let’s Move!” program? Wow. Maybe I am missing something, but how is making a few videos of Michelle jumping around something that translates into a full-time time staff of two dozen? “Let’s Move!” was so lame, I am pretty sure America will go on without it — and given a choice, there’s not many who would have supported spending millions on it.
Americans do not elect a first lady, and we do not expect the first lady to make legislation or work out tax cuts. That’s why conservatives hated the crazy spending of Michelle Obama, and it’s why we are so happy with Melania Trump. We work hard for our money, and we appreciate that the first lady understands that and doesn’t go “aggressively” digging in our pockets to fund her own agenda.