Shutdown: Obama Has to Make Do With Only 1/4 of His 1,701 Person Staff

Biden, who has a staff of 24, would have to make do with 12.

"I'm sorry. I'm going to have to let 1,200 of you go." "I'm sorry. I'm going to have to let 1,200 of you go."

The horrors of the Government Shutdown were brought to life when we learned that Michelle Obama would be forced to limit her tweeting due to the effect of the shutdown on her 16 assistants.

But it gets bigger than that. Much bigger.

A US government shutdown would mean President Barack Obama had fewer people to cook meals, do the laundry, clean the floors or change the light bulbs, according to a White House contingency plan.

How many people does it take to change Obama's light bulb?

About three-quarters of president's 1,701-person staff would be sent home.

That's still 436 people. Louis XIV probably had a smaller staff. And he needed someone to dress him. Is there an Executive Deputy White House Director in charge of dressing and wigging Obama?


White House decisions on the environment and drug policy might get postponed.

Not White House decisions on the environment. Anything but that...

The executive office of the president would designate about 436 employees as "excepted", or exempt from being laid off, to perform their jobs. The remaining 1,265 employees would be sent home.

Can't they be sent home permanently?

The president and Vice-President Joe Biden are exempt from such a furlough.

If only. If only...

Biden, who has a staff of 24, would have to make do with 12.

Do we really need 24 people to service a completely useless man who has no reason to even get up in the morning unless an eagle drops a tortoise on Obama's head?

Of the 90 people who maintain the president's family living quarters, only 15 would remain to provide "minimum maintenance and support

Does it actually take 90 people to sweep the crumbs out of Obama's bed and vacuum his bong? What if he only had to make do with only 15 servants?

Why he would be just like the rest of us ordinary people who only have a dozen servants to clean out our bedchambers, cook our meals and brush our teeth for us.