Skip The Hookups! Obamas Want Daughters To Get A Taste Of Working At Minimum Wage Jobs

June 23, 2014  |  

Even though Malia Obama, 16, recently worked as production assistant for famed film director Steven Spielberg, her parents–President Barack Obama and wife Michelle–say they want both she and Sasha, 13,  to get a taste of life working for minimum wage.

President and Mrs. Obama each worked at minimum-wage jobs before they earned their law degrees: the president scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins, waited tables at an assisted-living facility for seniors and also worked as a painter; the first lady worked at a book binding shop, reports Huffington Post.

“I think every kid needs to get a taste of what it’s like to do that real hard work,” Michelle Obama told Parade magazine.

“We are looking for opportunities for them to feel as if going to work and getting a paycheck is not always fun, not always stimulating, not always fair,” the president said. “But that’s what most folks go through every single day.”

Even after they married, it was difficult surviving on low wages. They recalled how they lived for a year on the second floor of the house of Michelle’s mom Marian Robinson following law school, had a used car that they purchased for $1,000, and handled the stress of dealing with student loans and small children.

“But what it made me think about was people who were on the clock,” the president said. “If you’re an hourly worker in most companies, and you say, ‘I’ve got to take three days off,’ you may lose your job. At minimum, you’re losing income you can’t afford to lose,” he said.

The Obamas gave the Parade interview to help promote a summit the White House is holding today to discuss policies to help working families.

“There are structures that can help families around child care, healthcare, and schooling that make an enormous difference in people’s lives,” Obama said.

To advance his agenda on issues such as ensuring equal pay for women, expanding early childhood education and hiking the minimum wage, Obama needs Democrats to retain control of the Senate after November midterm elections. The Republicans have a good chance of getting a majority, and will most likely keep control of the House of Representatives.

“If we can highlight these issues and sustain it over the next year, it’s still possible to see bold action out of Congress,” Obama said.

The President went into further detail about the issues facing working women in this country. Total aside, whenever President Obama talks about his family, it makes us love him more.

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