A snapshot of some first ladies' staffs

October 6, 2009 Staff sizes may rise and fall depending on what projects are under way, as well as the number of people who may be temporarily reassigned from a department or agency to assist. Also, some first lady aides don't just work for her; they report to the president, too.

A look at some first ladies and their staff sizes: -Michelle Obama: 24, according to her office.

-Laura Bush: Between 24 and 26 by end of President George W. Bush's term in 2009, according to Anita McBride, Mrs. Bush's chief of staff.

-Hillary Rodham Clinton: 13 in October 1993, rising to 19 by March 2000, according to the Clinton Presidential Library.

-Lady Bird Johnson, whose signature issue was beautifying roadways, had a staff of 30, said Stacy A. Cordery, a history professor at Montmouth College in Illinois who studies first ladies.

-Betty Ford had almost the same number. -Jacqueline Kennedy, who made renovating the White House her cause, had about 40 people on staff, Cordery said.

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