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Laura Bush: First Ladies Don’t Deserve Salaries

Former first lady Laura Bush has made a surprising statement in declaring that Michelle Obama and other first ladies don’t deserve to have salaries. She made the comment during an interview for an upcoming C-SPAN special called First Ladies: Influence and Image, and felt that there were enough benefits that already came with the gig.

“There are plenty of perks, believe me. A chef. That was really great. I miss the chef,” she said. “I think the American public sees the first lady in very glamorous circumstances. … I think what they may not imagine looking at the White House from the outside is that it’s actually a very normal life upstairs. … The first lady probably, and I know I did, lays on the couch and reads a book.”

With Hilary Clinton looking at a likely 2016 presidential run and possible victory, Bush suggested that being a “first husband” could provide different circumstances. She hinted that Bill Clinton might be able to continue his current work and salary, without taking on an additional White House salary. If Hilary were elected, her advice for Bill was to “stand back and be quiet.”

Meanwhile, a notable book publisher hinted earlier this month that Michelle is currently working on a memoir about her time in the White House. Although she hasn’t attempted to shop it around,  she is hoping to have it completed and ready for release by the time her husband’s second term ends. It is widely believe that she could collect as much as $8 million for the memoir.

(Photo: Reuters)

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