According to former first lady Laura Bush, first ladies don’t deserve to be paid, she inferred in a wide-ranging interview with C-SPAN called First Ladies: Influence and Image.
“There are plenty of perks, believe me,” she says in the interview, “A chef, that was really great, I miss the chef.”
Bush said the more interesting question regarding first ladies is whether they should be able to work at a salary job at the job they already had.
“That’s what we’ll have to come to terms with,” Bush says, “Certainly a first gentleman might continue to work at whatever he did.”
She continued on with the following:
“I think that the American public sees the first lady in very glamorous circumstances…I think what they may not imagine looking at the White House from the outside is that it’s actually a very normal life upstairs…The first lady probably, and I know I did, lays on the couch and reads a book. In my case, my cat would always curl up next to me.”