Abolish the Office of the First Lady

Abolish the Office of the First Lady


[Time to] defund the ridiculously large staff that currently earns upward of $1.5 million a year serving Michelle Obama; abolish the federally funded bully pulpit from which the presidential spouses have historically advocated for healthy eating, literacy, child welfare, anti-drug programs, mental health issues and beautification of highways. The president’s spouse isn’t a specimen of American royalty. By giving her a federal budget and nonstop press coverage, we endorse a pernicious kind of neo-nepotism that says, pay special attention to the person not because she’s earned it or is inherently worthy of our notice but because of who she’s related to by marriage.

The hairstyles, fashion choices, vacation destinations and pet projects of the president’s spouse are newsworthy only to the mentally vacant. Other democracies, such as the United Kingdom, bestow no such honors upon the spouses of their leaders and are better for it. To use an au courant phrase, the office of the first spouse is a swamp in need of draining. Won’t somebody please dispatch a dredger to the East Wing?
Comment: Exactly how I feel!

1 comment:

  1. It's worth noting that at times, First Ladies do objective harm. For example, "MyPlate" is easily the worst nutritional advice to come out of government because it doesn't reflect how we eat--think pizza, burritos, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and the like. You have to count portions and servings at some point, and MyPlate really ignores this.

    Another obnoxious reality of MyPlate is it puts a glass of milk there--which most Asian and African immigrants simply cannot digest without getting the runs. Odd that Mrs. Obama would miss that one, but miss it she did.


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