CDZ Would you think it okay for a President's spouse to continue to work in their career?

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    Of course, the context I have in mind for the title question is "while s/he is also First Spouse."

    Clearly, that's not been something First Ladies have done, but I think it'd be fine. At the end of the day, the Presidency is still a job, and compared to other C-level jobs -- not one of which requires running an organization as large, as complex, and none of which have nearly as many authoritative constraints -- a very low paying job no less.

    In that regard, it makes sense that the spouse of a person as accomplished as a President and their spouse are going to these days be, that the First Spouse would work and collect a paycheck. Strangely, the job of President and First Spouse may be among the very few that actually costs more to have than one earns by having it.
     
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    No, any work by the spouse should be directed toward improving the lot of the American people or some distinct fraction, IE Indian affairs, childrens issues, etc.

    On another note, If Hillary becomes President, what will Bill's role be or not be? He is a powerful man and can "take over" (cause confusion) or he could be like an Ambassador at Large, in the style of Eleanor Roosevelt.
     
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    In theory of course you are correct. In practice though, I think one of our better traditions is that the First Spouse has always eschewed their career in favor of being a goodwill ambassador who volunteers to champion a cause that is dear to them while residing in the White House.

    I found it disgusting when M Obama suggested she should be paid for that.
     
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    Depends on the career.

    A lawyer would be a very touchy career what with likely conflicts of interests or the danger of people tying to funnel money to the President.


    A college professor? That should be pretty safe.

    A doctor? Safe.
     
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    Why must they do that and not do it in a paid capacity?

    Consider Dr. Biden. Since 2009, she has been a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College. She gets paid to teach English there. Why shouldn't a Presidential spouse not undertake paid work? Why should a Presidential spouse be forced into volunteerism?
     
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    Tradition AND also to at least mitigate the appearance of impropriety. There are very few fields, none really, where the POTUS couldn't swing a little weight and help his spouse if he desired. Or she, as the case may be.

    And let's be real, we're not talking about a job that pays so poorly that the First Family needs a second income.
     
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    The nature of work one performs has nothing to do with folks will or wherewithal to "funnel money" anywhere.

    Okay, fine it's a tradition. Surely you can do better than open and stand on an appeal to tradition? Or is that really the beginning and end of your case for why Presidential spouses should not work?

    Pick a cause. I bet there're folks in the world championing it and getting paid to do so. Why, other than to merely conform to traditional practice, should the First Spouse not be among those folks? As First Spouse, I suspect one's effectiveness as a champion is made all the more effective than were they to do the same thing and not be First Spouse while doing it. Why should one not be paid merely because one's partner successfully pursued his/her work aspirations?
     
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    Did you read the content at the links in the OP?

    Do you have any idea what it costs to send a kid to school in D.C?
     
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    If the election goes Hillary Clinton's way, we are about to find out. She has already mentioned putting Bill to work on national items as opposed to baking cookies. Where is Robert Ludlum when you need him? And yes, "I know", it was, after all, a rhetorical question on my part.
     
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    Well, she could appoint him to a cabinet office or to the Supreme Court. In either role, he could collect a paycheck.
     

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