President and First Lady Obama Want Their Daughters To Try a Minimum Wage Job

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President and Mrs. Obama are looking to pass along middle class values to their daughters by wanting them to try working a minimum wage job.

Transcript from Parade Magazine:


Is this about your daughters also, and their future?

PO: Absolutely. Every little girl I meet out there, I think about Malia and Sasha, and the notion that they’d be treated differently, trapped, not paid enough, having to settle for a raw deal on the job, having to scramble between taking care of kids, taking care of an aging parent, being single moms like my mom was and going to school and work at the same time, then having to come home and cook.

“Families happen because you have a society that is supportive of families,” says the president (with Mrs. Obama and Sasha, left, and Malia, right, in 2004). (Courtesy of Obama for America)
Do you want your daughters to work in the types of character-building minimum-wage jobs you had?

MO: Oh, yeah. I think every kid needs to get a taste of what it’s like to do that real hard work.

PO: We are looking for opportunities for them to feel as if going to work and getting a paycheck is not always fun, not always stimulating, not always fair. But that’s what most folks go through every single day.

MO: That’s what life is.

One of the main reasons that this president was reelected was that he understood the problems of regular people who are trying to go work and make ends meet. It is admirable that the President and First Lady are trying to pass that understanding on to their daughters.

Contrary to what Republicans believe, this country isn’t about the one percent at the top, or the makers versus the takers. What drives this country are the millions of folks who get out of bed everyday go to work, work hard, and try to do right by their own families. A lot of those hard working people have fallen behind because wages have not kept up with prices, and many families have not recovered from the Great Recession.

It would be easy to take the Republican view, and argue that we as a society aren’t responsible for those who have fallen behind, but those same people who Republicans dismiss with a shrug are the engine that drives the economy. No one is entitled to success, but this country is based on the notion of opportunity and a fair chance.

Democrats have become the only party fighting to protect opportunity, and the Obamas are trying to show their daughters why this fight is so important.

16 Replies to “President and First Lady Obama Want Their Daughters To Try a Minimum Wage Job”

  1. I truly respect that the Obamas at least understand the importance of leaving their bubble and want their daughters to see what work means for so many. So many GOP politicians talk about instilling work ethics in poor children with hateful, humiliating ideas like having them clean their school’s bathrooms and cafeterias. The Obamas think their own kids need a work ethic. Good for them.

  2. That’s a good idea for their girls. I’m betting they will go far in life as they become adults.

  3. Flashback to 2008: What would a “community organizer” know about anything? Turns out more than “they” do! So proud to have the Obamas as my First Family.

  4. The Obamas know a lot more about how the world works than your average Republican politician does.

    “Your typical Republican politician believes in government of, by, and for the rich, knows little and cares less for the problems of ordinary middle class and working poor people, never met a war he didn’t like, and believes rules and laws are for mere mortals–that Republicans have a God-given free pass to just walk between the moral and ethical raindrops.”

  5. Good for the Obama’s, they’re proud parents that want their children to experience and respect people from all walks of life.

  6. This is off topic but I am a proud step father of a beautiful 24 year old young lady. I became her father when she was 22 months old. She worked many odd jobs and minimum wage jobs as a teen. Worked and went to college. This week she will have her Masters Degree from U of Memphis. She learned the value of work and will be a productive person in society.

    I just had to say that as she is the light of my life and I am so proud of her.

  7. Hate to break it to these wankers but there isn’t anyone working for minimum wage that can be considered middle class.

  8. Your daughter (that’s what she truly is because you have been there for her almost her entire life) is equally blessed to have you in her life. Your post was extremely moving, as well as being instructive on how she developed her work ethic by not being afraid to start small. Your father-daughter relationship is a shining example, both for the obvious mutual love and for the values you have taught her.

  9. I cannot see a picture of the Obama girls without thinking of the pictures of the Bush children, all of them but especially GWB girls rolling around on a barroom floor. Cannot see them as a family without thinking of the pictures of GWB drunk on his hiney and making a spectacle of himself at the Olympics.

    As an old white woman in the south I cannot even THINK of the difference in the two families without getting slightly ill seeing what these same kind of monsters have done to not only a decent man, husband, father and President and his family..but to all the decent people in America.
    I can’t imagine who or what had rather see their President so drunk he has to be held up by his “nursemaids” than to see a man like President Obama.
    Just looking at the difference in the children is enough to tell me the true difference in the families.
    Personally I choose the Obamas. And have nothing but contempt for the Bushes, the Roves, the Kochs and phoney christians.

  10. You deserve to be proud helping raise a wonder child. It isn’t easy but it is worth it. Kudos to you and your entire family.

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