How many assistants does it take to Tweet for Michelle Obama. Sixteen.
The Government Shutdown isn't just hard for ordinary people. It's also tough for the folks on top. A contingency plan has been developed to allow Obama to go on functioning with only 1/4 of his 1,701 person staff.
And the effect is being felt even by Michelle Obama's Twitter account.
Sure Michelle Obama could take time out from her busy schedule to Tweet once every two days (that's her average) but due to the Government Shutdown somehow impacting some of her 16 assistants, her Twitter account will now be "limited".
Maybe now she'll only post once every four days.
The horror. The humanity.
Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) October 1, 2013
Which of Michelle Obama's 16 assistants were hit by the Government Shutdown?
Was it Chief of Staff for the First Lady Susan Sher ($172,200 a year) or Camille Y. Johnston, Director of Communications for the First Lady ($140,000 a year) or Melissa E. Winter, Deputy Chief of Staff to the First Lady ($102,000 a year).
Maybe it was Catherine M. Lelyveld, the First Lady's Press Secretary or Erinn J Burnough, Deputy Social Secretary to the First Lady or Dana Lewis, Special Assistant to the First Lady.
Could it be Semonti M. Mustaphi, the First Lady's Deputy Press Secretary, Tyler A Lechtenberg, Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady or maybe it was Deilia A. Jackson, Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady.
There's no way to know. This list is from 2009. It's entirely possible that Michelle Obama's staff may have ballooned from 16 to 1600.
There may be Deputy Assistant Directors of Social Media Correspondence and Deputy Associate Chiefs of Staff for Social Media Updating with six figure salaries.
All we know is that someone in Marie Antoinette's retinue was responsible for Tweeting links to press releases every two days and is no longer able to do that because of the government shutdown.
Of course since Michelle Obama's Twitter account tweeted today to announce that it couldn't Tweet, the situation probably won't become urgent until Thursday.
But we finally have an answer to the question: How many assistants does it take to Tweet a link for Michelle Obama.
The answer: 16
You filthy Republicans. I hope you're ashamed of yourselves.