First Lady Michelle Obama has an unprecedented number of staffers working for her.
Collected via e-mail, June 2009
On 1 July 2009, the White House released their Annual Report to Congress on White House Office Staff, a report listing the names, position titles, and salaries of White House employees. Several days later, columnist Lynn Sweet of the
So far as the original White House report was accurate, it was fair to say that First Lady Michelle Obama had about
The 2008 White House Office
White House staffing is fluid, with people and positions coming and going, but according to Anita McBride, Laura Bush’s former Chief of Staff,
Moreover, according to the Associated Press, several other First Ladies had larger numbers of personnel working for them than Michelle Obama did:
A look at some first ladies and their staff sizes:
Laura Bush: Between 24 and 26 by end of President George W. Bush’s term in 2009, according to Anita McBride, Mrs. Bush’s chief of staff.
Lady Bird Johnson, whose signature issue was beautifying roadways, had a staff of 30, said
Stacy A.Cordery, a history professor at Montmouth [sic] College in Illinois who studies first ladies.
Betty Ford had almost the same number.
Jacqueline Kennedy, who made renovating the White House her cause, had about
40 peopleon staff, Cordery said.
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