Staff of the First Lady ????

 Michele Obama doesn’t get paid to serve as the First Lady. She performs NO
 official duties. Yet this hasn’t deterred her from hiring an unprecedented
 number of staffers who cater to her every whim and satisfy her every
 request.  .
 The First lady has 22 staffers who earn a total of 1.6 Million  dollars in
 salary; that does NOT include benefits (which are the same as those  in
 the NSA and Defense Department)

 How things have changed! Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for
 her 1 and only staffer, her personal secretary.

 STAFF OF  FIRST LADY
 1. $172,2000 – 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)
 4. $102,000 – Johnston, Camille Y. (SPECIAL  ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT+
 DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR FIRST  LADY)
 5. $102,000 – Winter, Melissa E. (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 -  Lelyveld, 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 PROJECTS FOR
 THE FIRST LADY)
 10. $65,000 – Burnough, Erinn  J. (DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY SOCIAL
 SECRETARY)
 11. $65,000 – 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 – Fitts, Alan O. (DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ADVANCE AND  TRIP
 DIRECTOR FOR THE FIRST LADY)
 14. $60,000 – 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. $45,000 – Tubman, Samantha (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. $36,000 -20 Bookey,  Natalie (STAFF ASSISTANT)
 22. $36,000 – Jackson, Deilia A. (DEPUTY ASSOCIATE  DIRECTOR OF
 CORRESPONDENCE FOR THE FIRST LADY)

 Total-  $1,600,500

Jerusalem Strikes Back, Holds Anti-Obama Rally

Jerusalem Strikes Back, Holds Anti-Obama Rally

July 27th, 2009 Posted By Erik Wong.

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Guess they beat us to it, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still have our own protest.

Israel National News:

For the first time in years, the nationalist camp will hold a large scale rally against United States policies vis-à-vis Israel.

The protest will be held in downtown Jerusalem, on Agron St. on Monday evening, and is being organized by the Residents Committees of Binyamin and Samaria, as well as the nationalist umbrella organization Mateh Maamatz, the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities, and Komemiyut.

Knesset Members and others representing various parties, including the Likud, will speak.

“Not since the days of [U.S. Secretary of State Henry] Kissinger has there been such a protest against American policies,” said MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh), chairman of the National Union party. “The pressure that Barack Hussein Obama is exerting against us to simply stop growing and stop living will not work.”

The Obama administration has made it clear that Israel must stop building of all types throughout Judea and Samaria (Yesha), as well as in parts of Israel’s capital city that were liberated during the Six Day War of 1967.

In addition, hints have been dropped that American action against Iran depends on a cessation of Israeli construction in Yesha.

No fewer than four top American officials are visiting Israel this week, presumably bringing uniform diplomatic messages in the above spirit from President Obama. The four are special U.S. envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, who landed in Israel on Sunday after a short visit in Damascus; Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who arrived on Monday and has already met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu; and National Security Advisor James Jones and White House Iranian affairs expert Dennis Ross who are scheduled to meet later in the week with Netanyahu.

The slogan for Monday’s demonstration, and the message to Obama and his envoys, is, “Yes to Israeli Independence, No to American Dictates!”

A torchlight walk will begin at 6:30 pm at Paris/Jonathan Pollard Square, near the Prime Minister’s Office, and go down Agron St. towards the U.S. consulate.

MK Katz quoted the official figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics today, indicating nearly 305,000 Israelis in Yesha, at a growth rate some three times higher than the rest of the country.

“If this is the official figure,” Katz said, “then we can assume that there are really close to 350,000 people, because of all those who have not changed their official addresses, and outposts, and the like. Together with the nearly 300,000 people in the new Jerusalem neighborhoods, this means that Barack Hussein Obama is telling well over 600,000 Jews that they must all stop having children and buildings and going to the store and sending their children to school and building roads and, in short, to stop growing. This is the type of decree that our worst enemies decreed against us, always accompanied by their Jewish advisors. But just as they did not succeed, the same will be with Obama.”

Land of Israel pioneers have begun their two-day blitz to establish 11 new settlement sites throughout Judea and Samaria. In at least one case – Netzer, in Gush Etzion – security forces arrived on the scene and rebuffed their attempt. Activists at the site said they would resume the building within a matter of hours.

An Unraveling Presidency

An Unraveling Presidency

By Bruce Walker

As I noted four weeks ago, Scott Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll has shown a very steady increase in the number of Americans who have a “very unfavorable” view of Obama’s presidency and a corresponding, though less dramatic, decline in the number of Americans who have a “very favorable” view of his presidency.  As of July 27, the negative gap between these two groups of highly motivated voters was ten percentage points.  Polls which focus only on softer “favorable” and unfavorable” opinion still appear to keep the Obama Presidency in safe political water, but that is misleading for several reasons. 

First, while Republicans were playing dead and the Leftist media were presenting Barack and Michelle on every magazine cover, buying a pet, and all the other oh-so-loveable things that a young family with cute children moving into a new home, no one had given Americans a reason to doubt that the president was a pleasant, well spoken, sensible man.  He followed the script well.  His conscious attempt to enact an FDR style “One Hundred Days” of change simply overwhelmed all political opposition by a combination of political muscle, timid voices of opposition, and the perception of dramatic popular support.

 

Now following his umpteenth address to the nation and his frequent press conferences, his pretense of bipartisanship is gone.  In short, Obama has descended rapidly from the Magnificent to the Monotonous.  He says the same sorts of things over and over again, but there is really nothing new in Obama at all.  Throwing vast amounts of tax dollars into the economy, more or less willy-nilly, in an effort to “stimulate” growth is an old, failed policy.  His solemn assurances that reforms will not take away, for example, a patient’s right to choose his physician, when there are several conflicting versions of health care reform floating around which seem to indicate otherwise, increasingly look like political grease to slide legislation through Congress.

 

Second, no presidency can be completely scripted.   When Iranian people revolt against a truly revolting government, one that lies to its own Moslem voters about election results and shoots women protesters in the streets, what can a man like Obama do?  Americans expect leadership, but Obama is in no sense of the word a leader.  When a police force that is probably as politically correct and racially sensitive as any in the nation arrests a black professor, Obama makes a sincere, and profoundly silly and dangerous, comment.  Inviting the policeman and the professor to the White House for a beer stops the bleeding but does not hide the scar.  The more helpless and hopeless Obama appears, the more unhappy Americans will be with him as a leader (his personal popularity, though, will probably remain high much longer.)

 

Third, as I have noted often in the past, Americans are conservative.  The Battleground Poll has put the percentage of Americans who are conservative at around sixty percent.  Pointedly, when Ed Goeas after the last Battleground Poll, last November, broke the numbers down even more precisely –What percentage are social conservatives? What percentage are “fiscal conservatives?  What percentages of Republicans or independents or Democrats were conservative? — nothing changed.  However the data are examined, Americans are, overwhelmingly, conservative:  not moderate, not liberal, not unsure, but conservative.  See page 12 and page 13 of the post-election survey.

 

Fourth, Barack Obama is simply not very knowledgeable, and it increasingly shows.  This is not a rap on his intelligence or his efforts in school.  Prestigious schools have become, in areas like law and social sciences, little more than re-education camps.   His gaffes were ignored by the Leftist media during the campaign.  If Dan Quayle had talked about our fifty-seven states, it would have been fodder for late night jokes forever.  But the more Obama talks, the more obvious it becomes that he simply knows very little.  As an example, he recently said that winning the war on terrorism would not be like World War Two, when Emperor Hirohito signed articles of surrender.  Yet as even an amateur student of history knows, Hirohito did not sign the articles of surrender. The famous event on the Battleship Missouri was watched by the whole world.  It was recorded on film.  The Emperor was conspicuous by his absence.  It was rather like last year when Obama talked about “the bomb” that fell on Pearl Harbor or his May 2009 comment about his uncle who helped liberate Auschwitz. 

 

The more Americans see of Obama as president, the more they see a plastic ideologue who is utterly out of step with their vision of America and who lacks the basic knowledge to govern a nation.  Republicans have won nothing yet (they must first decide to stand for something and then articulate that position clearly.)  It is encouraging that a number of Republican senators have announced they will vote against Judge Sotomayor, taking a principled stand in a losing battle. 

 

It is vital to keep the lines between the parties bright and clear.  Our champion, our leader, will come if conservatives show gumption.  Few, if any, presidents have been as truly vulnerable as the man in the White House now. 

Bruce Walker is the author of two books:  Sinisterism: Secular Religion of the Lie, and his recently published book, The Swastika against the Cross: The Nazi War on Christianity.
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