*By now, many of us have heard about Malia Obama’s recent intern opportunity where she worked as a production assistant on Halle Berry’s new TV series, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to have an easy ride here on out; at least not according to her parents.
The teen and her younger sister will both experience working for minimum wage at some point in the future.
Michelle Obama held an interview with Parade magazine, and said, “I think every kid needs to get a taste of what it’s like to do that real hard work.”
The Obama’s held minimum wage jobs when they went to college and struggled through financial hardship. In college, President Obama worked as a painter, ice cream server at Baskin-Robbins, and took care of seniors at an assisted living facility.
Michelle Obama was employed at a bookbinding shop during high school. And the couple struggled financially even through law school; living on the second floor of the home owned by Michelle’s mother. For the first five years of their marriage, they drove a hoop-tie car that only cost $1,000. And the unforgiving student loan bills had escalated to more than their mortgage payments following Sasha’s birth.
Speaking about their daughters, “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. But that’s what most folks go through every single day,” the president told Parade.
Well let’s just hope the minimum wage is raised in their state by the time they are of age to work a regular job.
The Obama’s were interviewed to promote the summit the White House held on Monday to discuss policies to aid working families.
Read more at Parade.