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Obamas want daughters to get taste of life on minimum wage

Published on Jun 20, 2014 1:24 PM
US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia (right) and Sasha. The couple say in an interview with Parade magazine that they want their daughters to have the same experience they had of working minimum-wage jobs.  PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and wife Michelle both worked minimum-wage jobs before they got law degrees: a character-building experience they said they also want their teenage daughters to share.

The President scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins, waited tables at an assisted-living facility for seniors and also worked as a painter. The First Lady worked at a book binding shop.

"I think every kid needs to get a taste of what it's like to do that real hard work," Mrs Obama said in an interview with Parade magazine, slated to run on Sunday.

"We are looking for opportunities for them to feel as if going to work and getting a pay cheque is not always fun, not always stimulating, not always fair," the President said. "But that's what most folks go through every single day."

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