Take a look at the listing of staff for First Lady Obama courtesy of the Northern Muckraker. Now apart from the issue that Mrs. Obama has roughly doubled the number of staff, there is the question of "exactly what does a First Lady do for which she needs a staff of dozens of people?"
Someone to handle a bit of travel and scheduling? Sure. Share someone to do makeup and such with the rest of the White House? Absolutely. But Hillary Clinton's 13 staffers, or Laura Bush's dozen or so, or Michelle Obama's 26?
Reality is that when the actual demands of her position are accounted for, Mrs. Obama's staff is not a working "staff" but is really more akin to a the servants accumulated by wealthy people of the past simply because they could--simply a status symbol, more or less.
This has everything to do with the gossipy mood in Washington as well--just as the chief place for gossip in any mansion is the quarters of servants with little or nothing to do, I'd have to suspect that the slew of articles from "anonymous sources" has a lot to do with overpaid, underworked "public servants" in offices like Mrs. Obama's.
Maybe it's time for many public servants to read up on the story of Cincinnatus.
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