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December 14th, 2008
06:38 PM ET

Should First Ladies Be Paid?

This might seem like a tough call, but consider this:  Your school district doesn't pay your teacher's spouse; you wouldn't get paid for being a pilot's spouse; no one is on a payroll for being an engineer's spouse.  So why should the president's wife be paid, unless she also holds an official job in the U.S. government?

I agree with first lady Laura Bush that the role itself should not be a paid post.  Can you convince me otherwise?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. Tiffany

    I agree with you!

    December 14, 2008 at 7:33 pm |
  2. Lizzi

    No, I don't really think she should be paid, I mean she knew what she was getting into when her husband ran for president. Plus, shouldn't it be fun traveling and talking to people from around the world, and planning large dinner parties? Not much real 'work' there if you ask me.

    December 14, 2008 at 8:34 pm |
  3. Jill

    I think she Shouldnt be paied because no one else that had the job before got paid for it, so why should she get paid?

    December 14, 2008 at 8:51 pm |
  4. Tomy

    Even though first ladies are great people, it is not a post that should paid (that is a tongue twister with all those P's)

    December 14, 2008 at 9:17 pm |
  5. Zaman

    i think evry one who works should fairly be paid becuz what if only your mom can work something might have happened to your dad.
    Then she is ur only hope.

    December 14, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  6. Ellie

    I honestly don't know enough about it to actually say, but I suppose I agree with your examples! You don't get paid to be a engineers wife or such so why should you get paid to be the presidents wife, it kind of comes with the job description.

    December 15, 2008 at 12:46 am |
  7. Sunbeen

    Well, Even when I am a boy...
    I do think that she should be paid for all that work
    not because she needs it but because for her care and gradtitude.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:36 am |
  8. Joyce

    I think that first-ladies should not get paid.
    They do not have any official work and their husbands earn a lot of money.
    They live in luxury!

    December 15, 2008 at 2:49 am |
  9. melissa

    Absolutely not! They should do it out of there kind hearts.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:10 am |
  10. caleb

    i don't think that she should get paid because there husband is the president and i think that international travl, 1st class flight, and going out tofancy dinners is like getting paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 7:08 am |
  11. Mr. Owen's Classes

    While I agree First Ladies give a lot of themselves, I also don't believe they should be paid. The Presidency is a Constitutional office; being First Lady is not. Besides, we do give them a house, car, airplane, helicopter, Camp David, security, all and all worth about $20 million a year!

    December 15, 2008 at 7:24 am |
  12. Sarah

    I don't think she should be paid either. Sure, a few of the first ladies have actually done something while their spouse was in office, but what about the ones that don't? Why should they get paid for doing nothing, just because they're married to the President?

    December 15, 2008 at 7:28 am |
  13. Jessica

    I believe First Ladies should be paid. Just because they dont get elected doesn't mean they dont work as hard as the president. They work hard and support their husbands and step in when there is a problem. Its discrimination against women and since we're making a change, why not change the law and pay women!?

    December 15, 2008 at 7:30 am |
  14. Jessica

    I believe First Ladies should be paid. They work hard to support their husbands and step in when somethings wrong. It's discrimination against some women even if some first ladies disagree. If we're making a change, why not change the fact that first ladies should be paid?

    December 15, 2008 at 7:35 am |
  15. merrill

    I don't think they should be payed.

    December 15, 2008 at 8:17 am |
  16. gwen!!!

    Y SHOULD SHE GET PAID IF SHE DOSNT LIKE WORK WORK?? SHE USUALLY JUST STANDS THERE I WISH I GOT PAID JUST TO STAND!!

    December 15, 2008 at 8:18 am |
  17. Giraffe

    First Ladies should be paid for what they do because they do a lot of work. Even though they weren;t really chosen by the country to be the first lady, they have certain responsibilities that they have, and they work as hard as others who are paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 8:18 am |
  18. matt

    I do not think that they should be paid. The economy is not good enough to be giving out any extra money.

    December 15, 2008 at 8:19 am |
  19. izaak

    I don't know, I mean there the president's wife, and they get tons of stuff, like a giant house, and free flying, you know, stuff like that, so they could sit around all day and still have a house and tons of money, because I bet the president gets paid alot so if they need money they can just ask him.

    December 15, 2008 at 8:19 am |
  20. Eliza

    I think that First Ladies should be payed because, they had to leave their jobs back at home, where they got payed. So why they stop if they are helping our country?

    December 15, 2008 at 8:20 am |
  21. Elena

    I don't really think that the first lady should be payed. She gets a pretty good life style wile her husband is president, and it seems like the president makes enough money for the whole family!

    December 15, 2008 at 8:20 am |
  22. Emily

    I think the first lady should be paid because even if she wasn't elected for presidency, she is still serving our country and deserves to be recognized for that. She is an icon for our country and has a right to be paid for accepting that role and serving it so dutifully.

    December 15, 2008 at 8:21 am |
  23. ~*Maya & Allie*~ :)

    We don't think that first ladies should be paid because they're the president's wife and he gets paid. Also, they have a house and all that so there really is no need to get paid, even if they don't have their old job. It's beginning 2 look a lot like Christmas!!! We love u Carl Azuz!!!! ❤

    December 15, 2008 at 8:21 am |
  24. Devin

    I think the first lady should not be paid because their husband is getting paid for running the country. The first lady isn't working, at least I don't think they are, and everyone else has to work until their back breaks, or break their backs trying to work.

    December 15, 2008 at 8:22 am |
  25. Paul

    No, because they were not elected as Laura said. Plus the president makes enough money...Dont you think that protection is enought for the rest of your life anyway?

    December 15, 2008 at 8:25 am |
  26. Sean

    The first lady wasn't elected herself, so there is no reason for her to be paid. All the stuff the first lady does is extra, she doesn't NEED to do any of it. That would also be really cheap because she would be doing work that any one can do, but she is the only one who can because she is the first lady. That would be getting unfair pay. Also, if you are working on a farm for the night so you could sleep (some people do that) if you do extra work, you wouldn't be paid. Its like going to some random person's house, throw away their trash, and wanting twenty bucks.

    December 15, 2008 at 8:31 am |
  27. Gracie

    i don't think that the first lady should get paid because she doesnt really do anything for the country or the government. All she does is live with her husband like a lot of wifes.

    December 15, 2008 at 8:52 am |
  28. Monticello Middle School

    NO. She travels the world, she doesn't need to be paid. She didn't get elected so she doesn't deserve to get paid. (These were the comments from my students, and their thoughts were very strong!)

    December 15, 2008 at 9:03 am |
  29. anthony

    i think the first lady sholud not be paid because it should an honor to even be the first lady let alone be paid for it

    December 15, 2008 at 9:07 am |
  30. Mike

    I couldn't convince you that they shouldn't be paid. The first lady has no specific role and shouldn't have a salary considering they aren't technically doing anything. The one exception would be a first lady who is active in government and constantly helping, like Hillary Clinton was or Michelle Obama plans to be. Then i wouldn't know what to do because they have no specific role but are still contributing.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:17 am |
  31. Josh

    I cannot convince you otherwise because unless the first lady holds an actual position in the cabinet she does not deserve pay. She is not required to do anything as the first lady so she should not receive salary. Why should anyone get paid for being someone's spouse? even if they are the spouse of the most powerful man in america. Both the first lady and the president share the presidents income because they are married so awarding the first lady a salary would be unnecessary.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:19 am |
  32. brynley

    I think they should be paid. They do a ton of the work the presadint can't. She sould really be paid

    December 15, 2008 at 9:19 am |
  33. Maeghan

    I agree that the first lady should not receive a salary. Even though many of these women have contributed to their husbands campaigns and other programs, they do it out of their own motivation should not be paid for them. Their husbands were elected, not them.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:20 am |
  34. Byron

    I don't think that the first lady should receive a paycheck, only because it is not technically a job. But because of her public image, and the now apparent danger associated with being the first black first lady in a country that is still racially divided, First Lady's from here on in should receive some kind of compensation after her time as first lady is over.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:20 am |
  35. Angelina

    If the president gets paid in order to run the conuntry and if his wife is also there doing fundraisers and doing some poltics, they should get paid as well.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:28 am |
  36. Andrew

    I think that they should not, i bet they even get the shoes that are thrown at there husband.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:41 am |
  37. Connor

    I don't think the first ladies shouldn't be paid because they don't elect the first ladies they elect they soon to be presidents.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:44 am |
  38. Kiera

    No, I don't think they should be paid because they do what they do out of their own will and if they are only doing that to be paid, they shouldn't do it.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:44 am |
  39. cassandra

    the first lady should not be paid because she all ready have all these perks that she doesn't need to be paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:44 am |
  40. nero

    No they should not be paid, because what do they really do? the president dose like all the stuff......wait dose the president get paid??? hummm........

    December 15, 2008 at 9:45 am |
  41. Gimme

    Well I really, really don't think the first laddie should be paid because they don't really do anything at all! No offense to all the ladies out there, sorry!

    December 15, 2008 at 9:46 am |
  42. samuel

    I think they should be payed I don't care how much they get payed but is a relay hard job so they should get payed

    December 15, 2008 at 9:46 am |
  43. josh

    no we are in a crisis we can't afford to pay her we barely have enough money to keep this country together. the taxes would get higher.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:46 am |
  44. Lea

    No, I don't think the first ladies should be paid because the things they do should be out of there own free will. And if they got paid there would probably be more problems with the money.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:52 am |
  45. sean

    our taxes are already high enough! And they get to keep shoes that are thrown at them and there family 🙂

    December 15, 2008 at 9:53 am |
  46. Nick

    the first l;ady should be paid for satifing and helping the president carry out his polices. Her work dose not get the attention that it deserves. P.S. I hope that the shoe gets put up for sale 🙂

    December 15, 2008 at 9:57 am |
  47. Brittany

    I think that all of the First Ladies who become that should not be paid. They really do not do that much when the President is in office. Although First Ladies are probably a big help around the White House and helped with some decisions. It is not exactly a position where they change the country like the President does. 😀

    December 15, 2008 at 9:58 am |
  48. Devin

    I do not think so because they made it that far and they should just except that not expect money.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:03 am |
  49. Rohan

    She should be paid. If it were a man as first lady, he would have been paid years ago. It would be hard for her to continue a private job as her husband serves as president. In the past election cycles, first ladies have played a vital role in helping their husbands win elections. They have responsibilities as first ladies. They should not work for free.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:04 am |
  50. Brittany

    I think that the first lady should not get paid. The family gest a really nice house, private jet, and all that other stuff. That should be her pay, because the first lady doesn't do the real work.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:07 am |
  51. Tanicha

    No, they were not elected just like former first lady bush said. They have not position to be paid because it's not the duty of the 1st woman (or 1st man hopefully in the future) to be commander in chief its the presidents

    December 15, 2008 at 10:08 am |
  52. Brittney

    I disagree because its a job. Even though they are not elected there still working. Someone has to do the job. Its only fair that they get rewarded for there work.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:08 am |
  53. Aaron

    I think that the First Lady should not be paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:08 am |
  54. Julie

    The role of President, a highly prestigious position, comes with the role of First Lady. Like the President, the First Lady is in the public's crosshairs, and she is responsible for upholding a good image. But the First Lady is aso expected to help others and support charities–her job description goes beyond that of average citizens'. In addition, she had to give up her previous occupation that might have paid very well and that she might have really enjoyed.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:09 am |
  55. butch

    I don't think that the first lady should be paid. she is not elected, she is just lucky enough to be married to the president. and anyway the first lady already gets all the other stuff off of the president. why should she get paid when she has all the stuff she has and a lot of people have nothing.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  56. tiyaine

    i actually can not convince you otherwise .i do not think the first lady should get paid. being the first lady you should already be satisfied being the presidents wife and having the necessities that she has being the first lady. even though she does not work and is basically living off her husband she still is getting everything she wants without paying for iy anyway.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  57. clark

    i think that the first lady should not be paid because she doesn't do anything in office. If somebody were to present a reasonable argument i might change my mind.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  58. Taylor

    i cannot convince you because i agree with you.
    Just because the first lady is the spouse of the president doesn't mean that she has to be paid. It's not like she's the president. I just don't think it's fair for her to be paid when she has to reason to be.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:10 am |
  59. Ben

    should the first lady be paid? Yes i believe i can convince you otherwise. when our government was started women were not treated as equals to men. Women did not work or hold a real place in society, but today things have changed. Women have more power and have a role in society. The first lady does work and, although she was not elected into office she should have a salary of some degree

    December 15, 2008 at 10:11 am |
  60. Ashlei

    I believe I can convince you that the First Lady should be paid for her position. The First Lady, prior to becoming First Lady, had a career that provided her with her own money. Now, she has to give up her job/career to support her husband's new job of being the President of the United States of America. The First Lady should receive some type of monetary compensation for her sacrifices.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:11 am |
  61. Sabrena

    I can't convince you otherwise because i also agree with your opinion. She is doing work but it's nothing major, she doesn't need anything, she has everything given to her.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:12 am |
  62. briana

    I actually agree that the first lady should not get paid. She gets alot of benefits that can add up to a good pay. And she doesn't do enough work to get a salary.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:12 am |
  63. brady

    I think that they should not be payed for being the first wife. There are many homeless ladies that would be so happy to have all the good things the first wife gets. Why should they get paid for what many ladies would pay to do?

    December 15, 2008 at 10:12 am |
  64. Josh

    I believe that the first lady should not be paid cause shes not doing anything. I mean the little stuff she does isn't that serious. But maybe she can find a job somewhere else and get paid. But that is a whole bunch of money that will be wasted if we pay the lady.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:12 am |
  65. Terrence

    No they should not get paid because the president makes so much money that he has enough mjoney to support him and his family.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:14 am |
  66. Ayana

    I am not sure if the first lady should get paid because they don't necessarily have as big a job as the president, but at the same time they do assist the President with inportant decisions

    December 15, 2008 at 10:18 am |
  67. jamie

    i think first ladies shouldn't get paid anyway as they already have the rich lifestyle from their husbands, large propties, helicopter rides etc
    anymore payment towards them will just break the bank and under the current economic climate it will just make things worse

    December 15, 2008 at 10:34 am |
  68. Katie

    I do not think that the first lady's should be paid because they don't have to do very much and they were not elected there husband was !!! 🙂

    December 15, 2008 at 10:41 am |
  69. JASMINE

    no . they get the luxury of living in the white house of all places if iwere the first lady i'd be happy i mean air force one whenever and whenever i would be not spending ibe flying around and living life charity events its really simple i mean u get a personal cheif

    December 15, 2008 at 10:58 am |
  70. Cheyenne

    I think the first lady should be paid because one if she's compaining and helping with the schools she is dooing lots of work. Also she is giving away a six diget sallery just to be the presedents spouse

    December 15, 2008 at 11:06 am |
  71. hannah

    they sould get money ot pay for food and to help the kids.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:06 am |
  72. Annie

    I don’t think that First Ladies should get paid because they don’t really do anything. They are just the president’s wife, the president does everything. The only thing they do is maybe organize organizations. They don’t do enough to get paid. That’s why I think that they shouldn’t get paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:11 am |
  73. Maggie

    I don’t think the First Lady should get paid because they didn’t get elected, but they do so much for people,so it should be appreciated even though they don’t get paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:12 am |
  74. John

    I don’t think the first lady should be paid because she is not elected and she doesn’t need the money.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:12 am |
  75. Matthew

    No because were would that money come from. It would come from us.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:12 am |
  76. Dane

    I think the First Lady should not be paid because she lives in the White House and she gets free food. She has everything she needs at the White House.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:13 am |
  77. jack

    No, I don’t think that the first lady should be paid. If you are the first lady, it is a role in our government that should be done by someone who is for sure doing it to help our country. The first lady should not be paid because, that person may just do it for the money.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  78. Jordan

    No, but yes. I don’t because they don’t do much in office. But yes because they go around and start organizations.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  79. Ellen

    No, I dont think that the First Lady should be paid because she isnt like the president, she isnt running the country. The president does a lot more work then she does, although she does work

    December 15, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  80. Katie

    I don’t think the First Lady should be paid because she does not do enough to be paid a lot. They did not run for office either. It was their spouse.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  81. Alexander

    No. The First Lady shouldn’t get paid because the President gets $500,000 dollars salary, and they have Air Force One plus the White House.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:15 am |
  82. Hadley

    Nope, because even if they do a lot of work, they weren’t the ones elected into office. If her husband’s paid, isn’t that enough?

    December 15, 2008 at 11:16 am |
  83. Isabella

    In my opinion, I think The First Lady should be paid. The First Lady is important too like the president and I don’t think it is fair that she doesn’t get paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:16 am |
  84. Ellen

    No, I don’t think that the First Lady should be paid because she isn’t like the president, she isn’t running the country. The president does a lot more work then she does, although she does work.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  85. Jacob

    No, because going back to what Mrs. Bush it is not an elected position. I think this position should not really be talked about that. If they start paying them now it would be unfair to all the other first ladies. It’s like paying a person’s wife that doesn’t work.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  86. Riley

    NO,I don’t think she should get paid because she has a ton of things that normal people don’t like an awesome house, a private jet, and the President for a husband.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:17 am |
  87. Cassidy

    I think that the First Lady should not be paid because they are not really in office; because they are not running the country, and they don’t really have a job.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:18 am |
  88. Jack

    I think the First Lady should be paid. They should be paid because they give all their time and effort towards helping other people. It is also a job and they should be paid because they gave up their old job for a new unpaid job.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:19 am |
  89. David

    No, I do not think that the First Lady should be paid, because I think that it is an honor to even live in the White House. Although they do a whole lot of hard work, they also are living a luxury with all the special treatment and attention.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:19 am |
  90. Elizabeth

    No, I do not think they should pay the First Ladies. One reason is they weren’t the ones running for office there spouses were. Also, fist ladies do a lot of work but most of it is volunteer work [which is good] but anyone can do that.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:20 am |
  91. Rachel

    No I do not think the First Lady should be because she is not the one running the country her husband is. She also gets a big house and publicity so that should be her pay.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:20 am |
  92. Elizabeth

    No, I do not think they should pay the First Ladies. One reason is they weren’t the ones running for office there spouses were. Also, First Ladies do a lot of work but most of it is volunteer work [which is good] but anyone can do that.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:21 am |
  93. Jakob

    No, They should not be paid. They get everything for free, and there husband gets paid anyways.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:25 am |
  94. Alex

    I don't care. It doesn't affect me.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:25 am |
  95. Mason

    I think that if they actually do something like traveling to help people in Africa or helping out with our health care system they should get paid, but if they just sit around like slobs and just milk it in the white house, they shouldn't get paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:26 am |
  96. kameron

    no

    December 15, 2008 at 11:26 am |
  97. Shae

    I think they should be payed. If they are working then they should get payed for all the hard work they are doing 🙂

    December 15, 2008 at 11:27 am |
  98. Davis

    No they should not be paid they do nothing

    December 15, 2008 at 11:27 am |
  99. Tristan

    I think they should, because even though it's not an elected job they are still working.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:28 am |
  100. Ben

    I don't think they should be paid a lot but should be paid a little bit because i think being the president is enough!

    December 15, 2008 at 11:28 am |
  101. Hannah

    no they should not because they do every thing for free! so they shouldn't be able so do all that stuff then get paid

    December 15, 2008 at 11:28 am |
  102. Paige

    I actually don't know if the first lady should be paid, But she does allot of work so she should equally be paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:29 am |
  103. Alex

    I on the other hand do care I think that they should not get paid because of all the free things they get.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:29 am |
  104. Joshua

    the first lady should get payed because she does a lot of things. She
    does a lot of things for the president.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:30 am |
  105. Tori

    no because she is not the one how is doing any of the work like the president.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:30 am |
  106. molly

    I think that they should get paid but I would only want them to get paid if they do stuff, but at th same tine I think that they shouldn't because they already get things like money but they get thins free too like food trips and moure, so I don't strongly have one anwser I gom for both of them.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:35 am |
  107. Natalie

    No I do not think that the first lady should get paid because we elected the president not the first lady. So they should not give up money for something we did not vote for.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:38 am |
  108. Moira

    I don't think the first lady should because the President gets paid enough, plus they get free clothes and free everything. And I know that Mrs. Bush says they shouldn't, but I'm sure she wouldn't mind getting some. Who wouldn't?

    December 15, 2008 at 11:39 am |
  109. Marine1

    No way!!!!! We already have a problem with the spending. This is just another wasteful spending. Sure she is first lady and she has a big role but come on!!!! More money that is going to be spent. Not What we need!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 15, 2008 at 11:53 am |
  110. Taylar

    I agree with you Carl one reason is because your just so smart. 🙂 other reason is people dont get paid because there husband or wife is working some job so why should teh first lady unless we vote on her too or she does something important to us.

    December 15, 2008 at 12:02 pm |
  111. JJ

    It is part of the first lady's job to help the president and their salary comes from their husband the president.

    December 15, 2008 at 12:35 pm |
  112. Julian

    Well in my point of view, I believe that the first lady shoud'nt get a salary. Why? Because for one, she isn't really doing anything besides representing her husband (the president). Second the president makes enough money to support his family. So there isn't a reason for two incomes for thier family. They are wealthy enough as it is. Plus thier family isn't a regular family. They really don't have to work for anything, unlike regular families who on the streets have to struggle for thier famiy

    December 15, 2008 at 12:36 pm |
  113. Ramon

    I dont think that the president wife should get paid because she didnt do anything to get the job they are giving her

    December 15, 2008 at 12:37 pm |
  114. Angel

    Why shoud'nt the frist lady get paid? Well frist of all she has a husband who is the president fo the richest country. She does not need to get paid. All she is going to do is buy items that she might not need, when there are people out here who work all day and need the money. That is why I am saying that she should not get paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 12:40 pm |
  115. Kailie

    I think it should depend on what they do and accomplish while having the title of "First Lady".

    First wives like Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, who organized press conferences and traveled to different parts of the country and even hosting her own radio show; those are the kinds of first ladies that deserve a pay check.

    While most would view it as inappropriate, but I think that they should be rewarded for supporting not only their husband, but their country as well.

    December 15, 2008 at 12:43 pm |
  116. Elizabeth

    I think that depending on what she does, she should get paid. It is true that her spouse runs the white house but the first lady does work some too so I am in the middle.

    December 15, 2008 at 12:50 pm |
  117. Megan Marie

    No I believe that first ladies should not get paid! That is THE MOST ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Why is it the spouse of the president should get paid? If that is happening every stay at home mom should get paid as well that simply isn't fair.

    December 15, 2008 at 12:51 pm |
  118. Sara

    I think that the first lady should get paid for certain things that they do. Not a 9-5 everyday paid job, but for their time that they sacrifice to do the things that they do. Yay for them!!!

    December 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm |
  119. kyle

    I don't think the first lady should be paid. She gets free first class flights and a house for free. She doesn't really even do anything to deserve to get paid. She just needs to stay and work in the kitchen and the laundry room.

    December 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm |
  120. Jenny

    I don't think that first ladies should be paid, but I do think they should use the numerous opportunities they are presented with to make a difference for others. Just because they aren't being paid doesn't mean they should just bake cookies and sew. There's so many perks, and not luxury, but the chance to make things happen for first ladies.

    December 15, 2008 at 12:59 pm |
  121. Alex

    I don’t think they should get paid because their spouse gets pad efficient amount of money for both of them and their kids.

    December 15, 2008 at 12:59 pm |
  122. Alex

    I dont think they should be paid. They dont really have to do much as it is. They already get a free huge house, nice dinners, free trips anywhere they want.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:00 pm |
  123. Brittney

    In my opinion I don’t think that first ladies should be paid. I mean my mom isn’t being paid because she is married to an engineer, so why should she be paid just for marring a paid husband it doesn’t make sense. What would make first ladies different from the rest of us people?

    December 15, 2008 at 1:00 pm |
  124. Jon

    Why on earth should a woman get paid to be a wife? You shouldn't be paid to simply be a spouse, it's pointless. There is no real way to argue with that because they really do nothing except cook and clean, and on occasion act as if they are obvlivious to the fact that their husband is cheating on them.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  125. Mike

    First ladies should definitely not be paid. Even the active first ladies, like Hilary Clinton, shouldn’t be paid for being an entrepreneur in the world because it is their duty, not their job, to represent the President and the United States.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  126. Alicia

    No I do not think that the first lady should be paid I think that if they are expecting more money then they should go out and get a job instead of just devoting themselves to being the first lady.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  127. Nick

    I do not think that the first lady should get paid. She already has a bunch off stuff she doesn’t need any money.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  128. Kayla

    I dont think taht she should be paid because she is just like the rest of us and should work for her money.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:03 pm |
  129. adrian

    I strongly believe that first ladies should not get paid because for example evethough Hillary Clinton in the past has done much for our country its optional and there is no need for to do it therfore first ladies should get paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:03 pm |
  130. Lacey

    Yeah I agree with Mrs. Bush. She didn't run for President so she wasn't the one who was elected. Just had a thought...what if a female was elected president. what would they call they husband? First Gentlemen???

    December 15, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  131. Taylor

    I think that they should not be paid because even though they attend meetings and help the president that is their choice. Its not required. Technically you dont even need a spouse to be president.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  132. Melissa

    I don't think she should be paid. She is not really doing a job.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  133. Sophia

    I think that the first lady should be paid, but not as mych as the president because she does do things around the white house

    December 15, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  134. Josh

    I think that the first lady should be paid if she does a lot, but not if she just stands around and looks pretty.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  135. Ariel

    i think the 1st lady should not get payed because the president "aka".Obama and his family get a nouf money as it is

    December 15, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  136. Keyona

    I think the first lady shouldn't be paid because they really dont do anything. They were not elected so why should we care. Sure they run some organazations but that should be for volenteer work. There job is to support there husbands and look pretty

    December 15, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  137. Amanda

    I do not think that the first lady should be paid. I feel this way because she is not an elected official. I am aware that being the first lady comes with responsibilities but these are not as heavy as those assigned to the president. When you get married you are committing yourself to do whatever you can do help your husband succeed in life.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  138. Ashley

    I think that she should be paid because of all the extra work she does.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  139. Michael

    I can't disagree because I agree with you, all of the others on this blog and the current first lady, Laura Bush. She didn't run for office and she wasn't the one elected. The first lady's job is to help the president and to do the best she can to help her country! So in conclusion the position should not be a payed position.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  140. NBC History Class

    We think that she shouldn't be paid. She can find a job like any other wife might have to. If she is going to be paid then first lady should be a government position. The girls in the class love Carl Azuz, all of the guys are jealous.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  141. cheyonne

    well i don't think that she should get paid because I don't think that she should get paid. Beside, she has almost everything. Why does she need money? Also the first lady was not elected president and she is not running the country, so I don't think that she should get paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  142. Courtney

    no i do not think that the first lady should be paid because she was not the one elected into office.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  143. *TRENIQUE*

    I dont think they should because they already get big perks like plane rides for free and your the first lady who cares? also i would love to be a housewive just watching my husband rule the world it be awesome.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  144. Ryan

    i argee with Mrs. Bush. The first lady is not elected so she doesnt need to be paid. Plus she gets most of her things fpr free so what does she need money for?

    December 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  145. sarah

    ya i agree. she shouldnt be paid because she wasnt elected. and yes she does do alot around the white house but he husband is getting paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  146. josh

    no because their husband is already makin alot of money y do u need any more? and second if there was a first female president then would that mean that there would be a first male vice president

    December 15, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  147. NICOLE

    The first lady should not be paid, because she did not apply for the position or really work hard for the position her husband did. And she is just there to back him up in his doing.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  148. Kegan

    I think that first ladies should not be paid. Since their husband is the president money really isnt the issue anyways. They where not the ones elected into office and are not forced to do anything, wahtever they do is up to them, its not their job.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  149. Sammie

    I don’t think the first lady should be paid. She is just the spouse of the president. It’s not like she’s part of the cabinet.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  150. Casey

    It is not necessary for the first lady to be paid because the president makes enough money for the family. They are right it’s not an elected position so it shouldn’t be a paid position.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  151. Jessica

    Honestly, it doesn't make sense for the first lady to get paid unless she starts working on the staff of the White House or gets a seat on the Congress, which is highly unlikely to happen in either case. She can find a job if she wants to get paid; she's got too many perks living in the White House to add another bonus to her lifestyle.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  152. Joe

    I think that the first lady should not get paid she gets perks, and political power who needs money if you live in the white house

    December 15, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  153. Aurora

    I can see both sides. But I think that it should be paid because if the first lady does a lot of hard work. And devotes her life for the 4 + years, it should be a paid position even though she wasn’t elected

    December 15, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  154. Kira

    I dont think that the first lady should be paid because she did not earn the position of office. If she ran for first lady then i would pay her.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  155. SHELBY

    i think that first ladies should not be paid because they dont do the job the president does. they are no the president they are just married to the pesident. They get the profit from it anyway because they are married to the president so the money is shared between the two of them anyway. why would they need to get paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  156. Megan

    I don’t think the first lady should be paid. Laura Bush made a great point saying that she wasn’t elected president, her husband was. First ladies still get all the perks with free first class travel, fancy dinner parties, and everything else the president does.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  157. April

    I don't think that the leading lady should be paid because she gets a lot of luxuries being the presidents wife, she isn't the one that got elected and wasn't the one that worked for the position.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  158. Nicole

    I don’t believe that the 1st lady should be paid just because she the 1st lady she wasn’t elected in she just gets to come because she is married to the president and like Carl said we don’t pay are teacher’s spouses just because there their spouse.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  159. Jonney Boy

    The first lady should not be paid, because with everything she does she gets paid in Gratitude. And she never pays for anything so there is no reason for her to get paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  160. Ben

    I think they should be able to choose if they want to be paid . But you do have a point about they get all the perks of living there and stuff.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  161. Caron (pronounce like the book Quaran)

    Yes I think the first lady should be paid because it is not fair the President gets paid and she does not get any money.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  162. kate

    i think that the first lady should not be paid because she wasnt the one that got voted president. if she wants to get paid like the president, well she should run for president! also in the past, the first lady didnt get paid so why start now?

    December 15, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  163. Josette

    I don't think the First Lady should be paid because she's already getting paid by living in the White House and the President gets paid enough to support his family.

    December 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  164. nikki

    i dont think that the first lady should get paid. she is only first lady because her husband ran for president. her responsibilities are to support her husband and the country. in our society wives do not get paid just for being a wife that supports her husband. it is a matter of loyalty and love.

    December 15, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  165. Joseph

    i think they should not be paid because, they do not do anything,all they do is look pretty!

    December 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  166. Andrea

    No,they shoudn't get paid just for being first lady.But,they should get paid for all of the charity work they do.Such as Luara Bush,like with all of the litaracy programs she does for children.

    December 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  167. Casey

    No, she was not elected for the position she has responsibilities as the first lady but it is not a job. The first lady should not be paid for being the first lady because she did not choose to be the first lady

    December 15, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  168. Luke

    No, the first lady shouldn't be paid. She is not elected to an office. The President makes enough for the both of them!!

    December 15, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  169. Annie

    No, I don't think so, and she should not be paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  170. Matt

    No, I do not think the first lady should get paid. The first lady is important but she was not elected. She is just along for the ride with her husband. Carl you rock!!

    December 15, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  171. Carlos

    I think they should be paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  172. Arie

    I think first ladies should get paid. The president has to go to meetings. The first lady should get something for not being with her husband all the time!

    December 15, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  173. kyle

    I don't think that they should be payed. The work that they do is optional so why should they be paid? I agree with the people that say the pay is in the perks. They get a big house and free travel.

    December 15, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  174. ashle

    No, because they get to live in a nice fancy house for free; have their own privet plan; and eat for free– what more could a person want, and yet still get paid?! NO,NO,NO, and NO

    December 15, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  175. harrison

    I think first ladies are respectable and could be paid but since when is any other women paid to marry someone

    December 15, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  176. Jewel

    I think that First Ladies should get paid. I would at least think that they would want their own independence sometimes. I sure wish I could get paid for being a president's wife.

    December 15, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  177. Emily

    Sure, if the first lady actually holds a position in government, pay her. But not just for being the President's wife, and where would the money actually come from, i mean, we arent in the healthiest economic situation right now...She wasn't actually elected anyway.

    December 15, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  178. Chris

    No, I don't think the frist lady should get piad. She wasn't picked in the election and well she isn't running a country. Look how much stuff she gets, and it's not even a real job. Oh yea, Carl great singing, it made my whole class laugh. Keep up the good work.

    December 15, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  179. Hunter

    I don't think the first lady should be paid . Like Laura Bush said 'the first lady does not get elected'. Why should the first lady get paid now. Some of them did a lot more to help America than Michele Obama.

    December 15, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  180. Tori

    No way! I definately don't think the first lady should get paid. Think about it? Like Laura said, the first lady is not the one elected. They're not required to do good deeds and they shouldn't feel obligated! It's not like their husband doesn't already make more than enough. And just think about all the luxuries they get just for being a part of the presidential family, private jets and personal chefs. For years now the first ladies have never gotten paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  181. CJ

    Most to all presidents that run for office are very wealthy. Instead of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the first lady, they should give it to the struggling auto industry.

    December 15, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  182. arkadiy

    I think the first lady should get paid because she's the presidents wife she helps him through things when he's having trouble.Like when the shoes are kicking around.

    December 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  183. Vaneisha

    I think the first lady should get paid because while her spouse, a.k.a the president, is handeling his job, the first lady is also doing a job..................She may be talking o reporters about a significant event or just visiting a country like her husband..................well if I were her I would want to get paid. I think it's a lot of hard work that goes into this kind of job.

    December 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  184. Hannah

    I think first Ladies should be paid because it is very important to all women in america. We do not need to be hidden any longer. She should get paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  185. Julia

    OF COURSE!
    The first lady does do a whole lot of work!
    Besides, it's NOT easy being first lady with all the pressure and stuff.
    Some people might even say it's a case of women desegregation.........

    December 15, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  186. MICKELL

    I THINK THEY SHOULD BECAUSE THEY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ENCOURAGE THEIR HUSBAND TO GO TO THE MEETINGS AND WHEN THEY GO THEY MAKE THEIR HUSBAND STAY WOKE BECAUSE THOSE MEETINGS ARE PROBABLY BORING I THINK THEY SHOULD. IT DO NOT HAVE TO BE A LOT

    December 15, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  187. Emma

    Why should first ladies get paid? Their husbands were the ones elected. The charity work they do is good and helpful, but it should be done out of the goodness in their hearts, not because they want something in return.

    December 15, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  188. ivy

    i think that they should not be paid because where are they going to get the money

    December 15, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  189. emily

    I think that first ladies should be paid but only because they do all the work to keep the kids behaved but then maybe they shouldn't because they don't do much of anything else.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  190. Anonymous

    Well I dont think she should get paid i mean why should she get paid well..............ya she should NOT get paid ya NOT

    December 15, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  191. THE MILK SHAKE

    I DONT THINK ... NO SHE SHOULD NOT GET PAID WHY CANT SHE JUST GET A JOB LIKE ANY OTHER WIFE

    December 15, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  192. Jake

    I don't think she should get paid because the American citizens don't get to vote on that posistion, so since we don't get to decide who gets paid we shouldn't have to. Also the extra perks like living in the White House and flying on Air Force One should be enough,

    December 15, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  193. Nikki

    I don't think that the first lady should be paid, running for president was a family decision and each first lady makes has a say in the choice and knows what comes with it. It's not an actual job, and it's not like the president doesn't make enough money.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  194. Madison

    The first lady should get paid for doing a job, but not for sitting on her butt in a BIG WHITE FANCY HOUSE!!!!!!

    December 15, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  195. marah

    I don't think that first ladies should get paid. They aren't forced to do what they do and they weren't the ones who ran for office, their husbands did.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  196. jacob

    I don't think they shouldn't get payed because there not the prez.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  197. Zoe

    she doesn't need to be paid. let's put it this way. does she work? no. so there is no reason for her to be paid. she should be treated as every other American citizen would. the only difference of an unpaid housewife and Michelle Obama is that Michelle will be living in the White House and be married to a very important political person. there is hardly any difference.

    December 15, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  198. Snow

    Dear students and teachers of the world,
    You may disagree but I say that the first lady should NOT get paid. I think that if they get a job or write a book called "Life in the White House" she should get paid a normal salary of any other writer. If she chooses to sit in her fancy house and do nothing though she should get paid NADA!

    December 15, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  199. Brin

    I think the first lady should be paid no alot but a reward for her good doing. I think the first lady has a major impact on this country with out a first lady were would we be?

    December 15, 2008 at 6:57 pm |
  200. ruth

    i agree with you carl, why should a first lady get paid? and plus the security they get, the fancy dinners, the awesome rides i think should be considered as a salary. but there might be reasons why people think that a first lady should get paid like story times or tours and these are ridiculos answers because their husbands get paid a lot that should be counted as their salary. THEY SHOULD NOT GET PAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 15, 2008 at 7:06 pm |
  201. Ogo

    I think she should because she will probably be critized and publiced so why not get something out of it. I would certainly not like that if it happened to me. Plus she supported her husband and is raising their children in an appropite manner. That is a lot.

    December 15, 2008 at 7:13 pm |
  202. nicole

    no i dont think they should, they are not the ones funning the country there husbands are.

    December 15, 2008 at 7:21 pm |
  203. Pooh Bear

    first lady shouldn't be paid at all! i mean i don't get paid for standin' round and lookin' pretty do you? unless she's doing stuff (other than washing dishes and kissing kids good night) that benifet the country or benifets SOMETHING! (stuffed animals are not considered something)

    December 15, 2008 at 7:22 pm |
  204. Olivia

    I think First Ladies should be paid. After all they married a president.

    December 15, 2008 at 7:52 pm |
  205. lauren

    I don't think the first lady should get paid because the first lady's role is a supportive role. Her husband is elected by the people and his role is very different than hers. She chooses to be the first lady so she should not get paid. You don't get paid for being a bankers wife, or a teacher's wife so why should you get paid for being the president's wife.

    December 15, 2008 at 7:55 pm |
  206. david

    No! they should not get paid because they dont have to pay for anything like food, transpertation, insurance, and all off the things that we have to pay for. The only reason she should get paid is to buy "fancy" cloths that her husband makes more than enough money to pay for.

    December 15, 2008 at 7:58 pm |
  207. George

    I do think that the first Lady should be paid. When their family gets out of office they need to make a living. It is very possible that the first ladies may not have a job to go back to.

    December 15, 2008 at 8:00 pm |
  208. timmy

    hmmm...though the first lady is not an elected official, I believe she should get paid. Why? I mean c'mon running around helping the president is very tiring! The poor lady got to have some cash!

    December 15, 2008 at 8:02 pm |
  209. Bob

    Why should the first lady get paid when her husband is piling up all the cash?

    December 15, 2008 at 8:02 pm |
  210. Edguardo

    I think the first ladies should get paid because they work just as well as the President. They are always supporting them and help when times get bad. Also, they are an icon of the USA

    December 15, 2008 at 8:05 pm |
  211. matthew

    i think that women shouldnt get paid if they dont do anything ,but if they do work then yea they should be able to get paid for the work they do instead of just taking fromnn their husbands wallets

    December 15, 2008 at 8:07 pm |
  212. Samaiyah

    i think they shouldnt get paid because their husband probably gets more than enough money. plus, isnt a fancy house, private airplane and fancy clothes better than being paid for starting programs, which you should already do if you have money

    December 15, 2008 at 8:15 pm |
  213. David

    First Ladies should not get payed for being a wife, I don't get payed for being a son!

    December 15, 2008 at 8:16 pm |
  214. Roger

    I don't believe the first lady should be paid. As current First Lady Laura Bush said, it is the president who has been elected to the position, not the First Lady, and while he should he paid, the First Lady should not.

    December 15, 2008 at 8:35 pm |
  215. KayLee

    I don't think the first lady should be paid like Laura Bush said she wasn't the one eleted into office so why should she get paid. You do hear a lot about her and these different things she does but the first lady and the president should talk him running before since she knows she will have body guards all the time. If she really wanted to get paid she shouldn't expect pay from the country. I think that if we paid the first lady the economy might get worst and this country doesn't need that.

    December 15, 2008 at 8:38 pm |
  216. Cody

    Hello Carl, I think the first lady should get paid too because she works as hard as the president does.

    P.S.
    I like your ties you wear every show!

    December 15, 2008 at 8:50 pm |
  217. Hannah

    Hey Carl,

    I personally think that the first lady shouldn't get paid because the first lady gets to live in a huge house, gets to go to fancy dinner parties, and gets amazing life luxury and all the works.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:05 pm |
  218. Leilani

    i think that the first lady should be paid. only if she does work for our nation. otherwise never ever she the first lady should be paid.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:23 pm |
  219. Jesse

    Why should the First Lady get payed? I mean that the First Lady des none of the big things with the country. All the First Lady des for the polotetions is to ceep the presadent in good helth. She did not run for the presadent wich means that she should not be payed

    December 15, 2008 at 9:24 pm |
  220. Leilani

    I think that The First Lady should be paid. Unless she doesn't do anything then i would say no! NEVER EVER!!!!!!!!

    December 15, 2008 at 9:24 pm |
  221. Leilani

    It depends for my answer. If she does do very important work for our nation then i think that yes she should be paid. If she does really nothing at all then i would think that she should not be paid because she does absolutely nothing at all!

    December 15, 2008 at 9:26 pm |
  222. tomye

    i think that the first lady should be paid because i think the desicion about the president has something to do with his wife. Also i think that the wife has alot of responsibilities to take on she's got a job too!

    December 15, 2008 at 9:31 pm |
  223. Blake

    No. The President get's paid enough and the family gets the white house and plenty of other things. She doesn't need more money and she doesn't deserve to gain it.

    December 15, 2008 at 9:33 pm |
  224. Mackinley

    I think that first ladys should not get paid, because they aren't running the country. And they pay is mostly in the perks, they have a big fancy house, and a private jet, so they don't need to get paid! I love CNN news for kids!!!!!!!

    December 15, 2008 at 9:34 pm |
  225. Rhamat

    I think she should get paid because if she helped the president get elected thats work. The first lady can go to meeting and take notes because the president might miss somethings. She might not seem important but she is.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  226. Rydell

    I definitely don't think the first lady should get paid because she doesn't really have a job in the white house except to take care of her husband, and she gets free food and a free house and everything so definitely no!

    December 15, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  227. Tasja

    I think that they should really get paid. They do a lot for the country like help the president with the work, and give up their jobs. It may not be a elected position, but it seems like they should a least get a little money.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:45 pm |
  228. brandy

    I think that if the first lady has a job that is not helping the president. like if she was an accountant that she should get paid, because she is doing a job like what regular person not the first person.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  229. Jack

    I think that the first lady should be paid because if she wasn't there then the president wouldn't be prez. (its a fate sorta thing)

    December 15, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  230. justyn and mackenzie

    we think that the first lady should be paid "Behind every good man theres a great woman " At least with most of the presidents

    December 15, 2008 at 11:12 pm |
  231. Jimmy

    I think that the first lady should not get paid because the first lady did nothing and not required to do anything to help this country. Beside they get many service but I think they could get other job.

    December 15, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  232. Ms.Hogan's fifth period class

    Our class was kinda split between yes and no our two loud mouths thought that she should becuase behind every good man there is a wonderful woman which had the other girls think but all the boys said noooooo way "hi peoples"

    December 15, 2008 at 11:17 pm |
  233. CAJ

    I think if she is performing any duty above and beyond being just a "wife", filling in for her husband (and he was getting paid), or actually working on a committee, meeting with foreign leaders, that would otherwise be paid postions, then she should get paid. Not an annual salary but she could get an hourly salary. Or contractual services. If she does not want to work then she won't get paid, but we expect a whole lot of kindness for little compensation. I feel that past first ladies should have been compensated as well but if nobody speaks up it won't change. The house, cars, and travel are all perks that the President recieves as well and he still gets paid, so why if she is obligated (forced) to perform a duty for the country can't she get paid? This isn't 1920 women do work outside of the home and what they do is valuable. We may not have elected her but she spoke, campaigned, and worked just as hard as her husband. We don't elect the cabinet members or pick the VP either but they all get paid as well.

    December 16, 2008 at 12:12 am |
  234. heidi

    i think that the first lady should only get paid for certain things she does and helps out with, but i also think the first lady is just mad because she didn't get paid when her husband was in office.

    December 16, 2008 at 12:20 am |
  235. (:DK

    I don't think so. In my opinion, First lady should be paid. Because of president's spouse is very different from teacher or engineer's one. If you were a spouse of a teacher or an engineer, you would still do your own job and get salary. But, if you were a president's spouse, you would not. Additionally, first lady must pay many time and energy for social and diplomatic activities. So, I think first laday shoul be paid.

    December 16, 2008 at 3:09 am |
  236. jessie

    if i could live to be 100 yrs old i would eat alot of fruit and veggies and just plain eat healty

    December 16, 2008 at 8:35 am |
  237. Austin/Mario

    the first lady should only be paid like 20 dollers and hour because you give her a personal plane a car and limo and other expensive thing

    December 16, 2008 at 8:38 am |
  238. RAWR

    i dont think she should she just sits around and does nuthing and would still get paid... i think....NO

    December 16, 2008 at 9:21 am |
  239. Andrew

    Thank you 4 putting my comment on the show:)

    December 16, 2008 at 9:27 am |
  240. HANNAH!!!!!

    I don't think that they shoud be paid. 🙂
    Because, it's not like they run for president they're just married to the president. What money do they need? Their house is the white house!!! Ya.

    December 16, 2008 at 9:35 am |
  241. John

    I think first ladies shouldn't be payed. I think this because why would they work as a first lady for free if they could just stay home and do what they like. It's their just to work there, not to be first lady or not, but if they don't want to work for no pay they shouldn't have to.

    December 16, 2008 at 9:36 am |
  242. Matt

    I think the first lady should be paid considering that they probably helped the president get to the White House and they will help out the country as well as the president.

    December 16, 2008 at 9:36 am |
  243. chandler

    Definitely. I mean they work so hard and plus, they are so much a part of most of the presidents decisions. They have a great impact in the world so yah, of course they should be paid.

    December 16, 2008 at 9:36 am |
  244. Kate

    I think that first laddies should not be paid they have a house and food, but if they want to get paid they should get another job.

    December 16, 2008 at 9:37 am |
  245. Teto

    i think that first ladies should be payed, but only like $30,000 a year because i mean, to be president, you can't exactly be middle class and be a president. it is not like the money would be for anything except for what they want to buy. so I don't think that they should be payed, but if they are, it should only be like $30,000 a year.

    December 16, 2008 at 9:37 am |
  246. Abby

    Heck Yeah! Power to the women! I mean she is the first lady! She is married to THE MAN! THE MAN! Gosh, she should so get paid! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 at 9:38 am |
  247. Homie

    I think that they should get paid but not that much because she is there spending time with the kids that the president doesn't have time to do. Sure they get all of the free stuff but they still have their social life to attend to, its really extreme milti-tasking.

    December 16, 2008 at 9:38 am |
  248. Anabel

    I think that the first lady should get paid a little because she is helping out but also she gets a lot of things free so she doesn't need to get paid a lot.

    December 16, 2008 at 9:38 am |
  249. Caroline

    I think the first lady shouldn't be paid because she doesn't have an official job with the government. also, it would be like getting paid to be married to the president.

    December 16, 2008 at 9:39 am |
  250. connor

    I think that they should get paid only if they do jobs and I think that they shouldn't get paid if they just hang around and just take care of the family

    December 16, 2008 at 9:39 am |
  251. christina

    No, I don`t think they should be paid they already get firts class rides, can travle any where, she is the most powerfull women in the U.S.A. and she shoul still have to do her share in the work all of the others done it why not her have to work to.

    December 16, 2008 at 9:51 am |
  252. Mrs. F. SS Class

    The majority of our class thinks she should be paid as she does a lot of work like going to meetings (press conferences, social events, etc.) and attending trips with the President. Her life is at risk daily. She should be compensated for taking on these challenges.

    December 16, 2008 at 9:58 am |
  253. Samantha

    I think the first lady should get paid because she works as hard as the president.

    December 16, 2008 at 10:06 am |
  254. maddison

    I think that the first lady should be able to be paid, because she is just the presidents wife, and she really doesn't do anything except for help the president when he has a problem and things like that.

    December 16, 2008 at 10:06 am |
  255. cindy

    No I don't think the First Lady should get paid. She doesn't really do anything so why should she get paid. She isn't required to do anything to help this country.

    December 16, 2008 at 10:07 am |
  256. LeAndra

    First a stay at home mom should not get payed for being a wife, I don’t get payed for being a kid.

    December 16, 2008 at 10:09 am |
  257. Marshall

    I definitely think that the first lady should be paid because they help the homeless and do things for kids. The first lady should I think should get paid like they would at there job before moving into the white house.

    December 16, 2008 at 10:40 am |
  258. tyler

    That’s a big negative, they have no reason to get paid.

    December 16, 2008 at 10:56 am |
  259. michelle

    yes they should be. the predident is not the only one who works in that house.. the ladies work to and they dont get any credit for it.. and if they do they only get very little credit.. so they should get paid..

    December 16, 2008 at 11:03 am |
  260. Colin

    I think the first lady should be paid because its a very important job that she's doing and i think she deserves some money

    December 16, 2008 at 11:28 am |
  261. Beau

    I think that the first lady should not be paid, because she doesn't have an occupation in the white house is just a wife of the president, she doesn't make decisions or anything she just travels around with the president.

    December 16, 2008 at 11:29 am |
  262. alex

    i think that the first ladi shood be paid becuase she does a lot

    December 16, 2008 at 11:30 am |
  263. ànÐréw

    i dont believe that the first lady should be paid because the first lady doesnt have to clean a house or make dinnr,or do laundry. The only reason that the wife is even in the white house mostly is there husbands. To me i belevie that the house wifes should get paid if the first ladies do .PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 at 11:30 am |
  264. Laura and Karissa

    I agree with you the first lady shouldn't be paid.I do not bellieve that she should get paid because she did nothing for it if anything the people that really need it shouold get it

    December 16, 2008 at 11:30 am |
  265. Cailean

    I don't think that she should be paid because her husband is already the president. What more could she need. I mean it's very nice of her to help around the white house but she shouldn't be paid.

    December 16, 2008 at 11:30 am |
  266. Colin

    i don't think she should get paid

    December 16, 2008 at 11:31 am |
  267. Corey

    I think that she should be paid.

    December 16, 2008 at 11:31 am |
  268. mitchell

    I think the first lady does not deserve pay. They get everything they need to live on, so I would be thankful for that.

    December 16, 2008 at 11:31 am |
  269. Cassaundra & Ryan

    Ryan says no, the first lady should not be paid because her husband was voted in because people like him not because they like her and her husband already gets paid a great deal of money.
    Cassaundra: I think the first lady should not get paid because there husbands already get paid alot of money but they should be regonized for being the first lady but since they are married they both gain enough money for them and there families. I'm pretty sure that the *President*'s salary is enough to support one family.

    December 16, 2008 at 11:31 am |
  270. Scott and Collins

    i do not believe they should be paid

    December 16, 2008 at 11:31 am |
  271. Colin

    I agree with pooh bear

    December 16, 2008 at 11:31 am |
  272. Sean

    I think that the first lady should be paid. They always seem to go along with it but it isn't right. They leave a great job that they love and get paid a lot for. The first lady does get to travel for free and get a beautiful house but they might miss their colleagues.

    December 16, 2008 at 11:32 am |
  273. Haylea

    I don't think that the first lady should be paid. I think she shouldn't be paid because she doesn't really do anything for the country. Unless the first lady assists in any way she should not be paid, she should get her own job if she wants to be paid. The president runs the country, not the first lady.

    December 16, 2008 at 11:32 am |
  274. morgan

    I think it depends if the fist lady does anything or if she stays home and sits around. But if she does something that helps, like a real job than I think she should be payed. They need to set up rules that says if she is helping she gets payed.

    December 16, 2008 at 11:32 am |
  275. lindsay

    I think the first lady should be paid only if she works hard for it. I don't think she should be paid for doing nothing.

    December 16, 2008 at 11:32 am |
  276. Addie

    I do not think that the first lady should be paid. isn't our aconomy going down the drain? The first Lady has never been paid.... why now???

    December 16, 2008 at 11:33 am |
  277. Jake

    First Ladies paid with all the planes and the food and houses and dancing and the list growing infinitely forever, cannot get paid. It's way to much for just traveling to exotic locations and giving speeches all year.

    December 16, 2008 at 11:35 am |
  278. Austin

    WHY? Why does she need to get money? We didn't elect her, we elected her husband she needs to get off her reer and make her own dad'gum money. None of the other first ladie's got money why should she? & jack yes if he didn't have her he propebly would still get elected.

    December 16, 2008 at 11:38 am |
  279. kylie

    i dont think that first ladies should be payed, they dont do anything & i dont think that the us should waste their money to pay someone for being married to the president. its annoying..

    December 16, 2008 at 12:18 pm |
  280. Emerald

    I don’t think that the first lady should be paid, she is recognized enough for the work she dose with the title the first lady. Another reason is that we the people didn’t elect the first lady we elected the president; therefore she should not get paid.

    December 16, 2008 at 12:39 pm |
  281. Sebastian

    I think bush moved fast like a Ninja when that one guy thew the shoes at him.

    December 16, 2008 at 12:41 pm |
  282. Matt

    No, she should not be paid b/c there is nothing that important about what she does. If she wants to get paid she should get a real job.

    December 16, 2008 at 12:41 pm |
  283. Blake

    No way should the first lady be paid she doesnt do a thing for our country. I believe that she needs to leave the white house she is a FREE LOADER to the president.... Get a real job Ms.Obama!

    December 16, 2008 at 12:46 pm |
  284. John

    they should give the first lady a salary because they work and that means thay should get paid

    December 16, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  285. Seth

    The first lady should not be paid because she isn't required to do what she does she does it for others benefits.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  286. James

    No, because they can get money from there husband he's the one leading our country.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  287. ladiesman

    I THINK THAT GIRLS SHALL BE RESPECTED THE BEST OUT OF ANYBODY. SO THEY SHOULD BE PAID ALOT OF MONEY

    December 16, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  288. Audrey

    I think First Ladies should not be paid anything. Why should we pay them to live in a big house, get private jets, Secret Service and all the other luxuries that come with being president? They can choose not to do any work for charity, so it isn't like we would be paying them for that. There is no reason to pay the First Lady at all! I think it would be a stupid idea to pay the Presidents wife.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  289. Damon

    NO I DON'T THINK THE FIRST LADY SHOULD GET PAID! I think it is anof to gust live in the whit house.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  290. Danielle

    I for one think she should get paid... Because she could be like any other women and go shopping like any other ordinary women... I mean if you don't like to shop and your a girl then your CRAZY.... I hate shopping....

    December 16, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  291. Jared

    No because our tax dollars don't need to go with them because they get enough stuff from their husband being president.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  292. christopher

    I don't think the first lady should get paid because are mom's don't get paid for being home or even tacking us to eat they get paid for doing there work so i don't think so.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  293. Alyssa

    I don't think that first lady's should be paid because they already have the privilege of living in the white house when they weren't even elected into it.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  294. Brennan (buzz)

    No they should not get paid because they are not apart of the presidents cabinet. Usually people pay the first lady to make speeches.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  295. Anonymous

    I think the first lady should be paid because they do a lot for the president every day.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  296. david

    I think they should be paid. that way they can pay for plastic surgry when there husbans get hit by a shoe! Thats still funny.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  297. Mercedes

    I don't think the lady president should be paid because its the first. But it doesn't mean its the last.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  298. Hannah

    I don't think she should be paid because she doesn't do anything. Her husband does everything and if she gets paid and that doesn't make any sense.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  299. Erin

    The fisrt ladie sould not be paid because she already gets what every one wants.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  300. Sayer

    No, not as long as the job comes with a BENTLY!!!

    December 16, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  301. Aimee

    I think that the first lady should be paid ans they should have been paid all along, but only if they work. If they don't work then i don't think that they should be paid for doing nothing.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  302. Izze

    I think the first lady should be paid because um shes the presidents life maybe she wouldnt get paid alot back the but if a lambo came with it probably not

    December 16, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  303. Melanie and Addie

    I don't think that she should get paid. I'm sure she's a nice lady, but all she does is sit there and look nice?

    I love you Carl Azuz!

    December 16, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  304. Addie and melanie

    no, she should be doing it out of the heart no for the money.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  305. Coqui & Muffin

    i think the first ladies should get paid because they have to go everywhere with the president. and sit there and nod there heads.

    THE STATE OF MAINE IS AWESOME IT HAS GREAT SKIING!!!

    December 16, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  306. Courtney

    No, I don't think she should be paid. Her and her family get to live in a beautiful house, and almost everything she does, is free. Her husband gets paid, so its not like she is going to be unsatisfied.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  307. skippy

    I believe that they have allot of stuff already and they should not get paid.

    your funny

    maine rocks
    and it has great skiing

    December 16, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  308. Mercedes

    I agree with who ever thinks that they should be paid.

    December 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  309. Laura

    i don't think first ladies should be payed cause they didn't get elected

    December 16, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  310. chad

    No because men do all the hard work.

    December 16, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  311. yennifer

    i thing that the first lady shouted be paid becase she is living in the WHITE HAUSE does she wats more that that

    ,YENNIFER

    December 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  312. Del

    To be honest I don't really know all about this so I'm not sure if it's fare to pay the First Lady or not.

    December 16, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  313. Isaac

    I think First Ladys should not be payed because they should be luckly they are the first lady.Who gets to live in the WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  314. Ellie

    No, i don't think that the first lady should not be paid because she gets all of this stuff that adds up to more than you could be paid.

    December 16, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  315. McLovin

    Hey Carl Azuz,

    the presidents wife shouldn't get paid because they don't work as hard as the president does. plus if they knew they could get paid, they'd work even harder. i don't think the "First Lady" shouldn't get paid because that won't be fair, the house wives don't get paid for doing nothing and everything for their husbands. that just wont be fair to the wives around the world. i also love your cool/weird ties you wear dawg, you're awesome!

    McLovin

    December 16, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  316. Amanda

    I don't believe the first lady should be paid because she holds no job in the white house.

    December 16, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  317. Brittan

    I think that first ladies should be paid, yet I don't think they should be paid. To me it would just depend on how much they work while their husbands are servining their term as president. 🙂

    December 16, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  318. Gizel

    They should be paid because they work harder than men in so many ways!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  319. david

    shout out to Ms.aussoin because she made me kick but in history.

    December 16, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  320. missy

    i am on the fence. i really think that the first lady should not be paid, but she does stay loyal to her husband and helps with planning events and stuff, so maybe...

    December 16, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  321. alyssa

    first ladies should be paid because they do work too. yrah they have whatever they want but so does the president and he gets paid.

    December 16, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  322. Tina

    Just because the first lady is not the president, that does not mean that the first lady does not work hard there for being that she should not be paid. Who do you think keeps the president on task and in order. If the first lady was a man we would not be asking this question.

    December 16, 2008 at 7:03 pm |
  323. Danielle

    The First Lady shouldn't be paid. They get spoiled alot already. A personel jet, I mean come on. I would be tickled pink just get to ride in one. The huge house that is like to put 5 of my school together. She gets to be in the news just because her husband is the president.

    December 16, 2008 at 7:13 pm |
  324. QTKatie

    i think that the first ladies should not be paid bcuz if they get paid so should the usual moms of america! and plus they get private jets, publicity and money the way it is!

    December 16, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  325. Billy

    I dont think they should be paid because if they are doing something good for other people and hosting parties then dont pay them. They are doing a job and let them.

    December 16, 2008 at 8:08 pm |
  326. Audrey

    I personally think the First Lady should be paid a minor wage,she has to go around and support her husband and do extra things to help him get through the day,that would be hard though if he was'nt doing a good job.oh and Carl,we think your wacky and were making a video dedicated to you!!!!-Mrs.Norfleet's 7th period Social Studies Class,Rotolo Middle School,Batavia Illinois.

    December 16, 2008 at 8:12 pm |
  327. jordan

    They should de paid because they buy food.

    December 16, 2008 at 8:19 pm |
  328. Katherine

    I think they should be paid. They help the president 24/7. 24 hours a day!!7 days a week. NO BREAKS!! :] At least 100,000 a year. That would be fair. A small token of gratitude for the First Lady :]

    December 16, 2008 at 8:34 pm |
  329. Grace

    I think that the first lady should not be paid because even though she does do a lot of work, she is not elected. Part of me thinks that she should get paid because of all she does. I mean, she plans parties , she supports her spouse in a time of trouble, but most important of all, she can comfort her spouse aif something goes wrong an d acts as his counselor at times.

    December 16, 2008 at 8:58 pm |
  330. addie

    no, she should be doing out of heart not for money!

    December 16, 2008 at 9:03 pm |
  331. PlanB

    I think the woemn of the house should not be paid.
    She is supost to suport her husband.
    All she is a house mom and they dont get paid.............

    -PlanB

    December 16, 2008 at 9:06 pm |
  332. Carollyn

    No. She is not an elected official. No one has ever received pay for being First Lady.
    One wonders where the question originated.

    December 16, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  333. Joyce

    Why should they not be paid?
    They work hard for the contry too.

    December 17, 2008 at 6:12 am |
  334. Naya

    I think that the First Lady should get paid, because they take a lot of their time to support their husband. My opinion is that she does a lot for the President, which she should be honored in some way. Even if she gets paid a little less than what is expected.

    December 17, 2008 at 8:07 am |
  335. Michael

    I think that First Ladies have no right to be paid just for being married to the president. Plus they get all of that free stuff! That is payment by itself.

    December 17, 2008 at 8:20 am |
  336. matt

    What a First Lady does is important, but she wasn't chosen by the American people. She shouldn't have a salary.

    December 17, 2008 at 9:02 am |
  337. Alex

    I don't think that they should be paid because they aren't elected and becasue living in the White House for four years is more then enough of a pay.

    December 17, 2008 at 9:08 am |
  338. Keane (key-on)

    I agree with first lady Laura Bush that the role itself should not be a paid post.

    December 17, 2008 at 9:13 am |
  339. Michaela

    I think the first lady should be paid cause they do so much to support there husbands that they should get credit once in a while. But there are pros and cons to it.

    December 17, 2008 at 9:15 am |
  340. Sebastian

    I don't think that the first lady should be paid because they do not have an official job. They do what they do because they want to. A little like charity work. They help out the president because first off, they are married! Secondly they knew that they would have to help when there husband was running for office. We should just stick to paying the president.

    December 17, 2008 at 10:11 am |
  341. Matthew

    I think the first lady shoudn't be paid, they are a non-elected position. Sure they can help around the world, but they do it to show they can help, not because it is their job. So no, I believe they shouldn't be paid.

    December 17, 2008 at 10:15 am |
  342. Akila

    Who cares if she is not an eleted officiol. She does things for the world; she deserves at least a little moolah

    December 17, 2008 at 10:20 am |
  343. Kelly

    First Ladies shouldn't get paid. They may do a lot of work, but they don't do it for money. They weren't elected as First Lady, they come with the deal. People don't get paid to be wives; First Ladies shouldn't get paid either. They do things for our country, but that should be pure patriotism.

    December 17, 2008 at 10:23 am |
  344. Will

    No. A first lady does do alot of stuff but she was not elected and chosen so they souldnt get paid!!!

    December 17, 2008 at 10:24 am |
  345. Alix

    No. She gets to live in a beutiful house and have many luxuries that not alot of people have. Besides, what would she do with the money?

    December 17, 2008 at 10:24 am |
  346. ruben

    yes because they work as hard as her hesban and like my mom she all most works as hard

    December 17, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  347. Jarrett

    Yes i think she should be paid because she is important person

    December 17, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  348. Elizabeth

    I think that if the President is getting paid for the presidency, that his wife should be paid, too. The President's wife might not do a whole lot but it's not fair that her husband gets paid and she doesn't.

    December 17, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  349. Edward

    I think the first lady should be paid so they will be treated fairly. I think they should be paid on what their doing. I bet when people get a job, they will want to get paid.

    December 17, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  350. Makayla

    First Ladies should not be payed because they did not get elected for the office. They really don't do anything to be paid so they should not be paid.

    December 17, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  351. Blair

    I do not think first ladies should be paid because they don't really have an assigned job. Sure, most of them do many things that help our country. Sure, they are being taken away from thier jobs, but they also get all of the luxuries that go along with living in the white house.

    December 17, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  352. McKenzie

    I do not think that the first lady should be paid. If she actually had a real job then it would be different. They get all of the luxaries that the president does and they weren't even elected. Doing little things like charities are something that isn't required and the first ladies do it by their choice.

    December 17, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  353. Caitlin

    I think first ladies shouldn't get paid. It's not fair to all the housewives out there! They do have a job to carry out but it is not benefiting the community very much. First ladies are not so different. They do not have a huge part to do with the presidency. There have been plenty of presidents that didn’t have their first lady. If you believe people should get paid for hard labor then you can believe first ladies shouldn’t be paid.

    December 17, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  354. levi

    i really dont care if they do or do not because the first lady can just preatty much do nothing

    December 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  355. Mr. Skidmore's 6th Period Government Class

    We believe that parodies such as the one depicted by Saturday Night Live are for entertainment purposes only. While we do not condone negative stereotypes, we feel that SNL has the right to continue their style of comedy. Hawks rule!

    December 17, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  356. Allison

    i dont think first ladies should be paid because i really dont think they make big decisions like the president does and plus the president gets paid plenty of money why should any be added

    December 17, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  357. Heidi

    I think there husbands get paid enough so they should not get paid to. Split the money- and besides isnt it enough that she lives in the white house

    December 17, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  358. Elmo

    I think the first lady should be paid because then what is the point of doing you job? If it was first man I bet they would have paid him.

    December 17, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  359. Will

    I think that the first lady should not be paid because she doesn't do anything!! 🙂

    December 17, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  360. Samantha

    First Lady should be paid. They work just as hard as the President does so why should they get paid and not the First Lady!?

    December 17, 2008 at 7:14 pm |
  361. Jake

    I don't think first ladies should be paid. their not elected. And the only reason she is in the white house is because of her husband.

    December 17, 2008 at 9:10 pm |
  362. Ila

    Well, I don't know much about what happens around in the White House but,I think first ladies should be paid because i sure they do as much work as the president

    December 17, 2008 at 9:49 pm |
  363. Shayn

    I agree with you Carl. I think tpeople should only get paid if they work for the money. As some people say "Others don't help those who don't help themselves."

    P.S. Carl your puns are AWESOME!!

    December 17, 2008 at 9:53 pm |
  364. rodger

    I don't think they should get paid because there's more people working harder.Also because they don't do anything and because everybody else needs money to and not just her or else she won't be first lady!

    December 17, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  365. alyssa

    i think first ladies should get paid. yeah they get whatever they want but so does the president and he get paid.

    December 17, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  366. Christian

    i think that the first lady shouldn't get paid because they are not elected for the office. And all the things they do are from their own will.

    December 17, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  367. Bak

    I think the President Bush and first lady is richer than the general USA people. First lady works much in public, but that doesn't let her get salary. Presidency is a very honorable job, nevertheless it is only one of thousand jobs which can have equal right.

    Honor is more important and precious. It can't be counted in the amount of monetary value.

    If their life is very poor, we can take it into consideration that we provide the necessary salary for her.

    December 18, 2008 at 2:52 am |
  368. Rio

    Personally I think that the first lady shouldn't be paid for marrying the
    president. Spreading the wealth should be called ripping accomplishments away from over achievers and giving them to those who only take up money and fuel the reccession.

    December 18, 2008 at 9:31 am |
  369. destiny

    yes, i think first ladies should get paiad because they do as much as their husbands by taking care of the USA.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:17 am |
  370. Cassidy and Bailey

    Dear CNN student news,
    We think that first ladies should be paid. It isn't fair for her to do things for the White House and not get ANY pay. Now the pay doesn't have to be very much ,but anyone who works should get paid a little pay, it doesn't matter the amount. It would be like teachers teaching students and not getting any pay. So whatever she does she gets paid. Were not saying a lot but she does deserve some money.
    Sincerely,
    Cassidy and Bailey

    December 18, 2008 at 11:48 am |
  371. Patrick

    no. it is not a position. it doesent matter if they married the man who became president, or is already president. they may do things to help the us, but that is there choice. Thus, they shoulden't be paid.

    December 18, 2008 at 12:33 pm |
  372. Sunshine

    I don't think the First Lady should get paid.She doesn't do any thing to deserve it. she's nothing special.

    December 18, 2008 at 12:42 pm |
  373. Bailey

    Idont think that the first ladie should be paid becuzse she doesnt do anything.She gets anuf stuff free as it is why should the tax payers have to pay for the presidents wife to get paid?

    December 18, 2008 at 12:52 pm |
  374. Charlotte

    why shouldn't she get paid? She works almost as hard as the president, so why not pay her also? She should be able to choose. Sometimes, they just want to from the bottom of their heart.

    December 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  375. Theo

    Seriously Carl, give me good 1 reason why she shouldn't get hazard pay for the job. I mean really' she's up 17 hours a day (I bet even you don't stay up that long) and her husband is most likely stressed out and is constantly in need of a good backrub or something like that 24.999999999 hours a day. So if the first lady doesn't want the money she can just give it to charity.

    December 19, 2008 at 12:05 am |
  376. Drew

    The first lady sould not be paid because they dont do nothin they didn't get elected they dont deserve pay.

    December 19, 2008 at 8:22 am |
  377. Kameron

    The first lady should be paid because she plays an important role in the US Govenment. She helps the president out when he needs it. I am in the Boy Scouts and she also plays an important role in our troop.

    December 19, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  378. Amanda

    I think that the first lady should be able to continue her regular job and be paid for that. I don't think that she should be paid just for being the first lady.

    December 19, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  379. Michael

    Well lets think if ladies were not able to be paid then my mom won't be able to get me any crab legs for my birthday she only see me be a crab not get to eat a crab. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    December 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  380. Michael

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Well lets think if ladies were not able to be paid then my mom won’t be able to get me any crab legs for my birthday she only see me be a crab not get to eat a crab. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    well this is a diffrent story this person is a girlThe first lady should be paid because she plays an important role in the US Govenment. She helps the president out when he needs it. I am in the Boy Scouts and she also plays an important role in our troop.

    December 19, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  381. Kayla

    I say yes and no. First ladies are really important, but the President gets some of the money in the U.S. Treasury.

    December 19, 2008 at 7:52 pm |
  382. Alex

    I think they shouldn't be paid. They weren't elected into office, there spouse was.

    December 19, 2008 at 11:34 pm |
  383. Alyssa

    They get all kinds of stuff. It depends on the first lady. Some sit around and some go and help. People get paid for doing their job. First Ladies don't have one. You don't have to do all of the stuff some did

    December 20, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  384. James

    Well to be honest i think the first lady should not be paid. Basically all she does is take care of her husband. Which an ordernaire wife should do.

    December 20, 2008 at 7:54 pm |
  385. kurtis

    i dont really think it matters actuualy i dont even care

    December 20, 2008 at 8:01 pm |
  386. Logan

    They should not get paid. They get so many free things. One of those is a private jet. Another is a limo. They even get a house so huge it has a bowling alley! Plus they even have body gaurds. Taxpayers already pay enough for her without giving her a pay check.

    December 20, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  387. samantha

    Wei think they should get paid becuase the first lady does alot of help around the white house and she does alot of stuff for the u.s.a. so i think she should. (expeclly michelle obama)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    December 20, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
  388. shelby

    yes everyone should be paid

    December 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  389. Taylor

    No i dont think first ladies should be paid because they dont really do anything they dont do anything to help the united states

    December 21, 2008 at 8:06 pm |
  390. billy

    i think the first lady should be paid. Most first ladies help there husbands campagin and do bunches of things whil there husband is in office. They have to give up there own job to come support there husband and i think they should be paid.

    December 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  391. TrEvOr

    no i don't think they should be paid. They do nothing but clean and cook(if they even do that anymore).... everything is done for them. It is like saying you should pay housewives for doing everyday chores. It is unneccessary and it is a waist of money that could be usedd to help fix our reccession. That's MY opinion!

    December 23, 2008 at 11:30 am |
  392. Jade

    First Ladies don't need to be paid unless they work.

    December 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  393. Juliette

    I say yes that the first lady should be paid. She is the Presedents wife. So she has to dell with other things.Other than just being the First Lady.That is at one resone.

    December 27, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  394. Gary

    She is in no way apart of the line of succession. Even if the entire US government was on a plane and it crashed she would not be next up for President. Because she well be First Lady does not force her to leave her current profession. It’s a new generation if she would like to continue to work so be it, but I will not tolerate any of my tax dollars go toward a salary for the First Lady.

    January 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  395. Caitlin

    This is a point with a lot of controversy, but it really comes down to whether she is doing anything. If the first lady is sitting around at the white house or off on her own job, then no. However, if she goes on a campaign (such as the "Just Say No") , then she is working for our country and deserves a salary.

    January 2, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  396. yulissa

    no i think she should not get paid because she was not counted as a vote as the president was even if she helps she should not get paid beacuse she gets to go to dinners,lives in the white house,and has a private plane

    January 2, 2009 at 9:49 pm |
  397. connie

    If I were married to the President of the Universe, I would use my position to send out this message, One we are priviledged, and thankful for the opporutnity to represent those Americans who have learned that humility is worth more than pride, volunteering to serve others is worth more than greed, and having a clear conscience is worth more than using someone else to be the fall guy for my mistakes.
    No, I would not use my opportunity as the President's wife for personal gain. I would be using the money of the people of United States for my pet projects instead of glorifying the true heroes of America, the volunteers who serve without pay, they see a job and do it and do not ask to be paid.

    January 3, 2009 at 7:08 am |
  398. jason

    the first lady should not be paid because she is d presidents wife... and she already have money .

    January 5, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  399. margaret

    i think that the first lady shouldnt be paid because she already has alottt of money she is the presidents wife for goodness sakes

    January 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  400. Caleb

    I do not think that they should be paid because they just sit down and look pretty (sometimes)

    January 6, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  401. Joshua

    I believe that the first lady should not be paid. One she as no real job that is in the Constitution. No other job in the world pays the wife for being married. And she should not get paid because she does none of the work.

    January 7, 2009 at 9:07 am |
  402. jackie

    I don’t think the first lady should be paid. She’s not doing a single thing. The only person that should get paid is the ones working. When people work, their company doesn’t pay for his/ her spouse. If they started paying the first lady, they would need to do the same for everyone else.

    January 7, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  403. Ross

    No, I do not think that the First Lady should be paid. It is just like any other wife’s position in America. There is not much difference in being the president’s wife and being John Doe’s wife. There should not be pay in any way regarding this woman’s position.

    January 7, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  404. CJ J

    I don’t think that the first lady should be paid. There are not the President and they really don’t have to do anything. Well on the other hand if they do something good for the country then they should be recognized for it. But no I do not think that they should be paid.

    January 7, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  405. Ashley

    The job of first lady should indeed be payed. On one condition, that she helps out with the role of her husband. For no she may not hold a roll in her husband’s decisions for the country but she will indeed help out with the issues. For think of it this way, who does the president talk about and take advice from other than his cabinet members? His wife gives her input and he will normally heavily consider her advice. So in a way she is working and should be payed.

    January 7, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  406. Tyler

    I don't think the first lady should be paid primarily because the money the president is taking in is already going to go toward her in the first place. It's not like she is getting robbed of any money. I'm sure she gets enough money as it is.

    January 7, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  407. Alex

    She should not be paid. At all. She should go out and get herself a job if she wants to be paid. She has no official work as being the first lady.

    January 7, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  408. kyle

    NO!

    January 8, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  409. Lauren

    The first lady should not be paid for a few reasons. First she doesn't hold an office so she shouldn't get paid just for being the first lady. Next the president is already making a ton of money so why does the first lady have to get paid to it is not like she is really doing anyhting. Lastly she was not part of the vote. When obama won it was not because of his wife it was because of his views she had nothing to do with it. the first lady should definately not get paid.

    January 8, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  410. Olivia

    No! The First Lady is supposed to do her job and other things. She did not get voted president, and she has everything provided for her, and that is NOT the way it goes!

    January 9, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  411. lauren and julie and classmates

    dear carl,
    you are the best newsman ever.
    we watch you every single day. you have the grooviest moves
    since the disco era. PLEASE do a shout out to Mr. McQueeney's class.
    P.S your jokes are SOOOO FUNNY!
    say one for us 🙂

    that goes out to you CARL AZUZ!!!!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  412. Nico

    For me it depends. If they did something (like Hillary) then they should get paid but if they don't do anything then forget it, don"t pay them. Not trying to be mean.

    January 13, 2009 at 7:56 pm |
  413. Benjamin

    I agree with Olivia, First Lady does not get ellected. The president does. The First Lady does other things to help out, but I stick with the First Lady does not get paid. If she wants to get paid, tell her to get a divorce and get a job that you will make money.

    January 13, 2009 at 8:44 pm |
  414. brenda

    I DO NOT THINK ANY FIRST LADY SHOULD GET PAID
    FOR JUST BEING THE PRESIDENTS WIFE IS NOT A JOB SO I DONT THINK ANY FIRST LADY SHOULD GET PAID

    January 15, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  415. Anonymous

    Ask all of the command spouses in the military what they do and how much they get paid. A lot of them have given up careers for their country. We move around and often find it hard to find emplyment. As our spouses progress in their career, we find our job increasing. We settle our children into their lives and and start on settling our husbands squadrons into theirs. As a commander, my husband needed me to be on the front lines with the spouses. When deployments came along, I was their advocate. I made sure that the squadron was aware of illnesses, losses and needs. When there was a loss I ,in conjunction with the base,was the one to help with all the needs of the family. I was the "foster mother" to 100 service men and women. I made sure we had social events to ensure that they were a tight group. In all, there was no pay...just service. Hoping to make a difference. I will take insult if the first lady becomes a paid postion.

    January 22, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  416. Jessica

    I don't think she should get paid. She doesn't have official responabilities, even though she may do a lot, and she gets other benefits as well. The President gets paid enough so that she doesn't really need to be paid- and so why should we waste more of our tax dollars?

    January 26, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  417. cody

    she should no get paid she doesnt have to do anything they usally choose that stuff they dont get forced no pay okay srryyyyyy first laidy

    January 27, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  418. Brittany

    well i think first lady's should be payed because they are the first ladys and they need to held and provied there family with certain things to help there family live and be safe.

    January 29, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  419. Jose'

    to Jessica
    are you kidding me??? are you really gonna put that female discrimination stuff on the table??? it is totally not discrimination just because the Presidents wife doesn't get paid for doing nothing! would you like to get paid for just being a girl, too????? i thought so. so actually think about wether your side is really a good one to support. >: (

    February 13, 2009 at 8:18 pm |
  420. Riley

    The First Lady has to give up her job for her husband, in that case, she should be given a small amount of money or whatever the wage of her job was. She has the job of being the First Lady and lets people see into her life. She needs to get some reward for that.

    March 4, 2009 at 9:23 pm |
  421. joee

    to deal with her husband she sould get paid

    March 10, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  422. briana

    i think she should cuz what she do is not easy.. she has 2 do things she dosent like.... and u say planning a party is not work u wrog.. it is work and it even more work for her since it the diiner the president and other people with met... so she has 2 make sure that the ffod dose not offened any people there and she has 2 make sure the the corlor dont get people mad.. cuz there altype of ethic and cultures there that have different thoughts and opoions and it not all play and no work that a lot of work just for a one night party so i think she should get paid for all her hard work in that.. and that not all... we kno peple are not pecert but when we look at the presient and his wfe we expect them 2 be things and if there not they have 2 be.. so they cant just be thems selves there. they have 2 be fifferent 2thepoint that the society will except them as the new priesdent and first lady.. tz very hyard trying 2 do that

    March 18, 2009 at 1:52 am |