Could a first lady (or gentleman) have a job?

Now that we know that being President is good for a family’s bottom line after leaving the White House (see previous posting citing the Clintons’ income), I’m wondering if there is anything that stops the family from earning money while still in the White House. Unless you’re listening to an argument to win alimony in Family Court, two-career partnerships are now conventional in the U.S. Why would the Obamas wait until 2016 to start cashing in on their political success? Why couldn’t, for example, Michelle Obama get paid by Apple to promote the company’s watch and fitness apps? If Hillary Clinton were elected, given Bill’s experience with foreign policy, why couldn’t Bill Clinton get a $ 20 million/year consulting job from Vladimir Putin?

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