East
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East asked in Politics & GovernmentGovernment · 2 months ago

Why does the US First Lady need a “senior advisor”?

The First Lady of the United States has a staff that includes a “senior adviser” and multiple others.

The First Lady is simply the wife of the President.  

Why does she need any staff, other than perhaps an administrative assistant or two to handle mail?

Update:

The First Lady had no staff until 1901 and Rosalynn Carter created the Office of the First Lady.  Now there are 24 employees.  Ridiculous!

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  • Foofa
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    2 months ago
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    First Lady is the only full time job in the White House that doesn't include a salary. So giving her a few staffers seems only fair. This isn't specific to the current FLOTUS and began with T. Roosevelt's wife Edith. When they have to plan state dinners and diplomatic fetes it's in the best interest of our national prestige for them to involve some professionals. Don't even want to think about how our WH events would go off if the current FLOTUS was trying to do it all singlehandedly. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    She only needs to kick her husband in the shin for breaking his promise.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    What did you think of Michelle's staff of 25? The First Lady has a policy & staff to carry out that policy. You don't know what you're talking about.

  • 2 months ago

    How is the first lady a job? What exactly is the job title? 

    Also people who volunteer are not paid either, but where I live you have to apply and compete with others just to VOLUNTEER for some positions.

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  • 2 months ago

    Because she is in a constant state of denial for the actions of her husband.  Actually she needs a new tutor for the English language. Obviously her husband can not afford a good one, after this many years.

  • J P
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    FirstLadies.org says, "Since the turn of the 20th century, First Ladies have relied on a growing number of regular clerical staff that is assigned to work in the Executive Offices to carry out the growing responsibilities of true expanding public role." The blog says that Edith Roosevelt was the initial First Lady to have a staff member assigned to her. The site also says, "Under Pat Nixon, the position of Advance woman was added. Under Betty Ford, the position of speechwriter was added." Betty Ford's speechwriter was Frances Kay Pullen. Says so on the Ford museum website Fordlibrarymuseum.gov. Edith Roosevelt and Betty Ford ... two Republican POTUS' wives ... expanded the staff. Is that a good tradition? Ridiculous?

    Source(s): P.S. the blog on firstladies says sometimes the staff of the First Lady borrows staff members from other payrolls such as "Or, during her initial drug abuse education program planning, Nancy Reagan had the president’s advisor on illicit drug use work with her staff." It adds that it's not a matter of this number of full-time FLOTUS staff being hidden because "this has always been a matter of public information, the Obama Administration is the first to publicly disclose it."
  • J
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    I don’t understand it at all, since First Lady isn’t an official job. She doesn’t get paid. I can maybe understand the assistant or a PR rep. Besides that, what could she possibly need a whole team for?

  • 2 months ago

    Michelle Obama had a massive staff 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The same reason Jerry Falwell Jr’s wife needs a pool boy. Trump’s a cuck. 

  • 2 months ago

    Ask Michelle 0bama. She had one.

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