Complainer-in-Chief: WATCH Queen Michelle Complain About Her ‘Hard Life’ In The White House
In addition to showing off her dance moves on the DeGeneres show on Thursday, the First Lady shared her frustrations with the constraints of her life in the White House. She said she has become accustomed to it, but likened the first days to “drinking out of a fire hydrant,” and confessed to the popular TV host that she is looking forward to her post-First Lady days.
“I haven’t been in a car with the window open in about seven years if you can imagine that. So I’m gonna spend the first year just hanging out the window. I look forward to getting in a car and rolling down the window and just letting the air hit my face.”
The First Lady made similar comments at an event in 2013 when she said there were “prison-like elements” about living in the White House, adding “but it’s a really nice prison. You can’t complain.”
Except, apparently, she can.
“The one thing people don’t realize is, we can’t do little things like open windows.”
Mrs. Obama did not explain to the audience that the windows in the White House have been sealed for the protection of the First Family. White House security is the responsibility of the Secret Service, as is the personal safety of the President and his family.
Last year, a knife-wielding intruder jumped the fence surrounding the grounds of the president’s residence and office, and was able to gain access to the East Room, running past the stairs leading to the Obama’s private quarters before being apprehended.
The Obama’s two teenaged daughters were at home at the time, but the intruder was tackled and subdued without any threat to the girls.
Whistleblowers told the House Oversight Committee on Homeland Security that the alarm had been “disabled at the request of the White House staff because it was disruptive.”
Despite leaving the same city, Washington D.C., to fly to the same destination, LAX, on the same day last Thursday, the President and First Lady flew on separate planes to tape their television appearances – he on the Jimmy Kimmel Show and she to appear on the Ellen show.
Air Force One costs $206,337 per flying hour according to the U.S. Air Force, bringing the round trip airfare for the president’s day trip to around $1 million.
Mrs. Obama flew to Los Angeles on a C-32 government plane, which costs only around $28,000 per flying hour.
Apparently the First Couple were unable to coordinate their trips to Los Angeles on Thursday.