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Even as First Lady Laura Bush met with Greta Van Susteren, Chris Wallace, and others to discuss her years in the White House, an OpEd appeared in the Washington Post that attempts to lay out the rationale for issuing a paycheck to the next First Lady, and those that follow.
Lauren Rikleen titles her piece “First Lady: A Job Worth A Paycheck”, and it appeared in the December 26th edition. Ms. Rikleen outlined a host of things that the First Lady does, including being the hostess to many State functions at the White House and elsewhere. Nancy Reagan espoused drug usage as her cause, while Laura Bush has worked tirelessly to bring women’s issues to the forefront on an international stage, such as breast cancer awareness in cultures that deem women as a lower class than men. Mrs. Bush has also been a champion of lteracy. The First Lady often represents the President, and the Country, on the international stage.
This idea, in fairness to Michelle Obama, was not reported in the media as being something that she herself has suggested, nor have there been any comments from sources close to her staff. Should such an issue come up, Mrs. Obama’s role as the First Lady is just like the role of the wives (or spouses) of our Ambassadors, our top military brass, our Senators, Congressmen, and Governors. Let us remember, Grandma Robinson will be joining the family as at least a parttime resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue– can we deduct her room and board (and AirForce One travel) from Michelle Obama’s budget for the White House?
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell brought up the subject of a paycheck for Michelle Obama because, after all, she has to give up her career for her husband to be in the White Hosue. She went on to say that Michelle’s impressive credentials reflect the need for a more defined role of the First Lady in our public policy and affairs. My, a mere 16 years since Hillary Clinton was berated for the concept of the “Billary” Presidency– the two for one concept. As my memory serves me, even before entering the White House, Sen. Hillary Clinton was a highly qualified attorney who had served a counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, she had served as Arkansas’s First Lady, developing her causes, and she was willing to pt all of her expertise into her husband’s Presidency, uch as attempting to bring about universal health care. I don’t recall Andrea Mitchell, whose husband is former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, making any calls for a paycheck for the First Mom Hillary!
Realistically, the benefits and lifetime perks that will follow Michelle Obama after their four years in the White House, as well as the book deals and the speaking engagements, will more than make up for the loss of her salary. Hell, she’ll have a shrine made to her in the Barack H. Obama II Presidential Library, presumably to be built in Chicago.
Sen. Joe Biden was able to show the American public exactly how the media has allowed the Obama campaign to set the standard for access to them, and how our freedom of press and speech may be altered in the future.
During an interview on Florida’s WFTV, Barbara West asked Sen. Biden some difficult questions, and actually had to confrontational with the Senator as he became angered at the context of her comments, including quotes from Karl Marx.
In the aftermath of the Joe the Plumber comments, it was acceptable for the media to dig into his past and rake him over the coals; it has been reported that government computers in Ohio were used to reveal some of the Joe the Plumber information. It was acceptable to dispatch hundreds of media and investigators to Alaska to dig out the dirt on Gov. Sarah Palin. But how many journalists and camera crews were parked in Hyde Park in front of the home of William Ayers?
WFTV later received a cancellation of Jill Biden’s interview, as well as a notice from the Obama campaign that the likelihood of any further contact with the campaign is unlikely. Can we see what we may face in an Obama administration?
While the leftwing blogosphere whines and cries about the “ineptness” of the anchorwoman, her credentials are impressive, having worked for ABC for 16 years, and she was a principal assistant to the late Peter Jennings. She obviously was not trained at the same school of journalistic ethics that Andrea Mitchell attended!!
UPDATE: As would be expected, the Obama leftist warriors have begun an all out assault on Orlando’s WFTV and their anchor, Barbara West. Please show them support and appreciation for being willing to challenge the Obama team: