Because the White House staff has important work to do.
From Top of the Ticket:
But good news this morning: The challenging Obama era and 9.1 percent national unemployment rate do not include the 454 people now helping President Obama do presidential things.
This crowd is being paid a total of $37,121,463 this year. That’s up seven staff members and nearly $4 million from 2008, the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency.
Fully 141 Obama aides — or nearly one-in-three — earn more than $100,000 a year. That’s also up from the 130 with that scale salary in Bush’s last year.
Twenty-one Obama aides earn the top-dollar $172,200.