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Martha Washington was upset when her lady's maid Oney Judge, a "dower" slave, escaped in 1796 from the Philadelphia household during Washington's second term. According to interviews with Judge in the 1840s, the First Lady had promised the young woman as a wedding gift to her granddaughter Elizabeth Parke Custis in Virginia and Judge feared she would never gain freedom. She hid with free black friends in the city, who helped arrange her travel by ship to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. There she married and had three children. Patricia Brady, in her 2005 biography of Martha Washington, writes: "Martha felt a responsibility for the unsophisticated girl under her care, especially since her mother and sister were expecting to see her back at Mount Vernon. What she could never understand was that [Oney had...] a simple desire to be free. Ona, as she preferred to call herself, wanted to live where she pleased, do what work she pleased, and learn to read and write [...] Ona Judge professed a great regard for Martha and the way she had been treated, but she couldn't face a future as a slave for herself and her children." Washington's slave Hercules, who had worked as his chief cook at the President's House (Philadelphia) before being returned to Mount Vernon in 1796, escaped from there on February 22, 1797. He was known to have traveled to Philadelphia and by December 1801 was living in New York City. His six-year-old daughter, still enslaved at Mount Vernon, told a visitor that she was glad her father was free. By 1799 the number of Martha Washington's "dower" slaves had grown to 153; George Washington owned 124 people, and at least a dozen Washington-owned slaves intermarried. Washington's will stipulated that his own slaves were to be set free after his wife's death so that intermarried families would not be broken up.
who says this? You? I don't say that. I say let's make sure no one goes hungry or lives on the street .
Meanwhile, those who seek welfare to prevent their families starving to death are told they are scroungers and a burden to the tax payer!
And people wonder why we use the word "sheeple".
reply to post by elouina
I don't get it.
Are these people supposed to work for free?
And all those salaries fall in the middle class.
This is not an issue.
reply to post by marg6043
Well I was recently in threads about tax evasion and how something like $30 Trillion is hidden by the super rich in offshore accounts.
Also something like the richest 100 people on the planet own half of the worlds wealth.
When we've sorted all of that out, when we have dealt with the abuse and tax evasion and illegal practices of corporations, then maybe we should worry about getting a worse chef for Barry.... or getting a cheaper hairdresser for Michelle.
Nobody mentioned this kind of stuff for any other president, it wasn't an issue.
All of a sudeen, it's Evil Obama and his wasteful ways.
It's pathetic and transparent.
I think it IS an issue and the world is completely unequal and unfair and people need to rise up and do something, but there are far, far worse offenders that the POTUS
reply to post by elouina
26 salaries to 26 American citizens who will spend their money in America (mostly).
Why is this a problem?
1.$172,2000 – Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)
2.$140,000 – Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)
3.$113,000 – Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary)
4.$102,000 – Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady)
5.$102,000 – Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
6.$90,000 – Medina, David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
7.$84,000 – Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady)
8.$75,000 – Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady)
9.$70,000 – Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady)
10.$65,000 – Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
11.$65,000 – Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary)
12.$62,000 – Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady)
13.$60,000 – Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady)
14.$60,000 – Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady)
15.$52,500 – Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady)
16.$50,000 – Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady)
17.$45,000 – Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady)
18.$45,000 – Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office)
19.$40,000 – Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)
20.$36,000 – Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary)
21.$36,000 – Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)
22.$36,000 – Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)
Desiree Rogers -Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary,”
Natalie Bookey - staff assistant
Johnny Wright - Hair dresser (full time)
Grimes-Miles - makeup artist (full time)