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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 11/22/2010

Michelle Obama names Schake as communications director

By Nia-Malika Henderson

First Lady Michelle Obama has named Kristina Schake as her new communications director, filling a position that had been vacant since August.

Schake, who will start in December, comes to the job from California, where she headed Maria Shriver's communications team and ran a political consulting firm.

Her background dovetails with Obama's platform--she comes from a military family and worked on health initiatives for Shriver in California.

"I'm thrilled to welcome Kristina to the team. Kristina brings a wealth of expertise that I know will make her a tremendous asset in the East Wing," said First Lady Michelle Obama.  "Kristina has done extensive work throughout her career on child nutrition and community health issues, and that paired with her experience as part of a military family will bring invaluable insight to our work on childhood obesity and our efforts to support military families. I look forward to working with Kristina on these efforts and more in the months and years ahead." 

In the coming months, Obama is expected to ramp up her efforts around military families and continue her healthy eating initiatives. She heads Monday to Miami where she is expected to launch a drive to bring 5,000 salad bars to the nation's schools.

The East Wing has had turnover in several high profile positions, most recently when Susan Sher, Obama's chief of staff announced that she will leave her post and return to Chicago.

By Nia-Malika Henderson  | November 22, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
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Comments

When a job has been vacant for several months on a staff as insignificant to the well being of the country as the First Lady's, it's a pretty good sign that it is not needed.

More money down a rat hole.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | November 22, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

When a job has been vacant for several months on a staff as insignificant to the well being of the country as the First Lady's, it's a pretty good sign that it is not needed.

More money down a rat hole.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | November 22, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

...launch a drive to bring 5,000 salad bars to the nation's schools.
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LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: forgetthis | November 22, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't give a flyin--hoot--how many staffers previous Presidential spice have had. One was too many. Who do these people think they are, with their publicly-paid retinue!? Gag gag gag gag.

The country's staggering fiscally.

Let's cut the federal budget. Eliminate such BS positions as the "first" wife's press secretary. Pull out of Iraq/Afghanistan NOW! Close military bases in Japan, Korea, Germany, etc., etc., etc.

Reduce the federal pay roll by 50%; give federal ("public") employees the same 401-K's and Medicare bene's as the tax-payers who support them; crack down on Medicaid/Medicare fraud; send Wall Street shysters to jail, just as 18-year-old black kids who stick up 7-11's for $50 get sent to jail; term limits term limits term limits...since the longer the schmucks stay in D.C. the more power they have and the higher price they can charge for their votes.

A flack for Mrs. Obama?

Why? At public expense? Because it's been done that way in the past?

Let's turn over one/two fiscally-prudent new leaves.

It's time. It's passed time!

Posted by: mftill | November 22, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Please don't let facts get in your way.
Laura Bush had between 24 and 26 staffers. Jackie Kennedy had 40, Betty Ford had around 30.

Posted by: kwhite6 | November 22, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

just curious, but can anyone please tell me what office baboon face was elected to by the people where we should pay the bill for a reported staff of 22 at an annual cost of 1.5 million? much less to have ANY authority to appoint anyone to anything?

Posted by: BOZOISPREZ | November 22, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

So Michelle has 22 people I think that help her.What is the cost of this compared to other First Ladies? Why are all these people needed can't she do anything for her self or is this more of her helping her husband reach his goal of better employment.

Posted by: freedon | November 22, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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