“I … know that the work that you do isn’t easy, especially right now during these times. I know that budget cuts mean that you all are juggling even more responsibilities with fewer resources. And I know that many of you are stretched thinner than ever before,” said the first lady.
“So that’s one of the reasons why it’s just as important for me to be here at the start of this term as it was to be here four years ago, because I want you to know how much Barack and I truly appreciate everything that you do. And I know you don’t hear that. People don’t even know you exist. (Laughter.) It’s so true. I mean, federal workers are this invisible face. No one knows what they do, what it means, how much they benefit us.
People don’t know they exist?!?!? Has there been a time in American history when the average citizen has been made more aware of the presence of the federal behemoth on a daily basis? I’ve got constant trepidation about one of them greeting me with a towel as I step out of the shower, then raising my taxes to pay for the service.
Mrs. Obama also referred to the workers as “invisible” which is often true, as they like to sneak up from behind and surprise you with the last revenue grab.
After the speech, a source who prefers to remain anonymous says the First Lady ate 17 cheeseburgers.