That personal chef, staff tending to their every need, and taxpayer-funded vacations are apparently unsatisfying to Michelle Obama. During a forum in Tanzania with former First Lady Laura Bush, Mrs. Obama compared life in the White House to living in a “really nice prison”:
Obama’s comment came during her discussion with former First Lady Laura Bush at the African First Ladies Summit in Tanzania during an interview moderated by journalist Cokie Roberts.
Obama said she loved her job and found it liberating in some respects, but confining in others.
“There are some prison elements to it,” she joked. “But it’s a really nice prison.”
Former first lady Laura Bush reminded the crowd that First Ladies had a chef.
“You can’t complain,” Michelle Obama admitted. “But there is definitely elements that are confining.”
As true as it may be, given the amount of security that a president and his family requires, that was not a smart choice of words. With a $1.4 billion dollar budget for the White House — even in the time of the sequester — and concerts with famous artists, the Obamas are living a comfortable lifestyle.
It’s also worth pointing out that Mrs. Obama made the comment at a time when unemployment is stuck at 7.6%. Whether it’s small business owners feeling the pressure because of ObamaCare or energy consumers bracing for the inevitable rate increases that will come due to President Obama’s unilateral action on climate change, many families are still struggling to put food on the table and are feeling the effects of the policies put in place by her husband’s administration.
So yeah…those $4 million taxpayer-funded Hawaiian vacations, trips on Air Force One and all the other perks of being in the First Family are just a drag and huge inconvenience.