Check out my column from the Prospect's April print issue.
It is true that the Obamas don't need the money. But that's no reason to deny the president's partner compensation for her work. The salary for the first lady should be garnished from her husband's wages. Since we expect our presidents to be just one half of a 24/7 public-relations team, why not pay the president less–say $300,000–and make out the remainder of the check to his wife?