Michelle Obama: Everyone needs a Chief of Staff and a personal assistant
Posted by danishova on May 8, 2009
First lady Michelle Obama called her "current life" in the White House "a very blessed situation, because I have what most families don’t have — tons of support all around, not just my mother, but staff and administration. I have a chief of staff and a personal assistant, and everyone needs that."
Okay, so she was kinda sorta joking:
"Everyone should have a chief of staff and a set of personal assistants," Obama said with a laugh as she spoke before a crowd of business executives meeting today during a "Corporate Voices for Working Families" conference at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.
She blathered on:
Along with the issues of community service and military families, Obama has said as first lady she wants to focus on the struggles of working families.
During her 10-minute speech, Obama advocated for sick leave for parents, flexible work hours for employees and on-site child care, which she said "is something that keeps many of us up at night….You’re just wondering where are we going to put our children where we feel like that they’re being safe, that they’re safe and being loved. That will relieve many of the stresses that parents feel on the job throughout the day."
Hmmmm. How does Universal Pre-K relieve parents of these stresses? Why should we believe that the government can do a better job than private daycare ?
Obama said she personally knows the challenges of balancing work and family "trying to do a good job at both — and always feeling like you’re not quite living up to either — and trying not to pit one against the other, really trying to balance."
She called herself someone who strives to do more than 100 percent at work. "If people here are like me — I call myself a 120-percenter. If I’m not doing any job at 120 percent, I think I’m failing. So if you’re trying to do that at home and at work, you find it very difficult and stressful and frustrating."
Huh. That’s not what her former employer said at Sidley-Austin said. Indeed, he portrayed her as quite the prima donna, with a huge sense of entitlement.
Read the rest here.