It’s not because of her race, but that’s not about to stop somebody from putting it out there before getting to the actual reason, which I think is mandatory these days:
Less than three years into the job, first lady Michelle Obama is on her third chief of staff and third social secretary. She is on her second communications director, the White House chief usher recently departed, and her press secretary’s last day is Friday.
On Friday afternoon, the first lady’s office announced that the executive director of Obama’s signature campaign to fight childhood obesity also is leaving.
The turnover, greater than under recent first ladies, underscores the pressure and high expectations of working in an operation known for its polish and discipline.
“She is, if possible, under more scrutiny than even other modern first ladies, being the first African-American first lady,” said Katherine Jellison, a history professor at Ohio University who specializes in first ladies.
Or she could just be really, really hard to work for — but if it’s just easier to blame her race, go for it.
After the race thing though, we get to the actual reason(s), and it’s more like I speculated:
Sources familiar with the East Wing, who asked not to be named discussing internal dynamics, described the first lady’s office as a challenging workplace, where grueling hours and the expectations of a formidable boss intensify the demands of managing a popular first lady’s schedule, image and agenda.
“The first lady is a lovely woman, but she’s tough as nails, and that can be hard for some people,” said a source familiar with the office. “She has really high expectations.”
You can’t tell me the stresses of office for FLOTUS are more than the office of POTUS, and yet I don’t think the president’s staff turnover is as high as it is in the First Lady’s office. Maybe Michelle should try taking her staff golfing every weekend.
And if that doesn’t work, I can help take some pressure off the First Lady’s office with just one word: Autopen!
Update: According to Fact Check, Michelle Obama has the largest staff of any First Lady in US history. This means she’s under a lot more pressure than previous First Ladies because she has a lot more people to piss off than they did.