Michelle Obama is to collect $2 per week from the housewives at the Martha's Vineyard trailer park where she spends her vacations with her husband Barack.
The savings are to be paid out at Christmas. "I always do this to help pay for the close knit community's needs at gift buying time. I organise a savings club for the folks around our house at Pennsylvania Avenue too. My own savings last year amounted to $49 which I used to buy a turkey and some beers for Barack.
"I surprised him by filling the icebox with cans of beer when he finished work as Father Christmas last year", she told our Martha's Vineyard reporter. "Folks don't realise that Barack has to buy his own Santa outfit and the White House Christmas decorations are bought by us. Barack takes his all year round job as Father Christmas very seriously".