President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle want their daughters, Sasha and Malia, to experience minimum wage jobs. The Obamas were just any ordinary family prior to becoming America’s presidential family. President Obama and First Lady Michelle feel that their daughters should experience being normal teenagers once they return to normal living after the President’s term.
Like most teenagers in America, Barack and Michelle Obama started out having minimum wage jobs. President Obama actually worked with ice cream at Baskin Robbins, where Michelle Obama worked at a bindery. Both jobs paid not a penny over minimum wage salaries.
Eventually, the Obamas were married and had their two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Still having average middle-class incomes, they provided a normal life for their daughters despite them both having law degrees. Both Obamas attended Ivy League universities to obtain their law degrees and used minimum wage jobs to pay off school loans and other bills. The Obamas even experienced living with the First Lady’s parents home and have had a used $1000 car. They have both stated that having a minimum wage job experience will be a beneficial one for their daughters, and they feel they need know what struggles come with having a small paycheck.
This past weekend, Michelle Obama was spotted with her daughters Malia and Sasha in Los Angeles. The three were spotted near Hollywood on the production of CBS’s newest sci-fi show “Extant.” Halle Barry will star as the main character. There, Malia, 15 simply brought coffee, drinks and snacks to the various actors on set and worked as a gopher.
Minimum wage has been an ongoing societal issue for years. Currently, it is set at $7.25 per hour. Most workers who receive minimum wage can all agree that it can become frustrating at times. This leads to issues and debate about raising the hourly salary.
In recent years, lawmakers have been attempting to raise minimum wage to be much more than the current minimum of $7.25 per hour. The state of Massachusettes was just given approval to raise their minimum to almost three dollars more at $11. The raise also includes raising salaries for anyone that has a job that involves receiving tips. Prior to the raise, tipped workers were receiving only $2.63 but this has been raised to $3.75. Seattle’s minimum wage has been raised to $15 per hour. This marks the current highest amount in the nation.
President Obama has worked with each state to increase current minimum wage salaries. His goal is to have it eventually set to $10.10 an hour as a nationwide minimum. The President has already started his nationwide raise for minimum wage and has numerous states in the pending process. Currently, Vermont and Maryland have theirs set to the President’s desired minimum of $10.10. In addition, Hawaii, Connecticut, Minnesota, New York, West Virginia, California and Delaware have all worked with the government to raise their minimum wage by the end of this year.
Malia and Sasha Obama will eventually be brought back into the normal societal world when their father’s second term as president ends. Though their ‘normal’ life may be a step above what is expected of a middle-class family, both President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle want their daughters to experience minimum wage jobs as they approach their teenage years.
By Tricia Manalansan