QUESTION: How much is a First Lady worth?
ANSWER: It’s difficult to say how much, if anything, she’s “worth.” But here’s a little insight on how much she “costs” the taxpayers.

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Fact checked through urbanledgends.about.com and snopes.com1 See also, the President’s 2009 Annual Report to Congress on White House Office Staff.

Michele Obama’s personal staff:

  1. $172,200 – Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)
  2. $140,000 – Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)
  3. $113,000 – Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary for Mrs. Obama)
  4. $102,000 – Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)
  5. $100,000 – Winter, Melissa (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
  6. $90,000 Medina , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
  7. $84,000 – Lilyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)
  8. $75,000 – Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)
  9. $70,000 – Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Project for the First Lady)
  10. $65,000 – Burnough, Erinn (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
  11. $64,000 – Reinstein, Joseph B.(Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
  12. $62,000 – Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)
  13. $60,000 Fitz, Alan O.(Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)
  14. $57,500 – Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)
  15. $52,500 – Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)
  16. $50,000 – Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)
  17. $45,000 – Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)
  18. $43,000 – Tubman, Samanth a (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)
  19. $40,000 – Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
  20. $36,000 – Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)
  21. $35,000 – Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)
  22. $35,000 – Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)

(total $1,591,200 in annual salaries)

FOOTNOTE:

  1. Note: both of the sources cited noted that other recent first ladies spent a lot of money of staff as well