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Jenny Sanford said told CNN's Larry King Live Monday she did not enjoy being first lady. Sanford made the comment off camera. But King asked her to elaborate on camera on the live show Monday night. Sanford said there were times she enjoyed the experience. But she also said the job came with no pay and carried high expectations. She said the job was tough on a mother with four young children. Additionally, Sanford, who is from Chicago, also pointed out she is not a native Southerner.
Sanford later said she would be first lady only a few more weeks, saying she "fired herself" by filing for divorce from Gov. Mark Sanford. Jenny Sanford appeared on the show to promote "Staying True," her memoir that chronicles the Sanfords' 20-year marriage and how theY coped with the yearlong affair with an Argentine woman Gov. Sanford publicly admitted to in June. Jenny Sanford also appeared on "Good Morning America" and "The View" Monday. Here is a transcript of the exchange from the "Larry King Live" show. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
KING: We're back with Jenny Sanford. I asked if she liked being first lady. You said no. SANFORD: You're going to get me in trouble back in South Carolina. First Lady is an interesting job. It's a job that, you know, you don't get paid. You can't be fired, although I guess I'm about to fire myself by divorcing my husband. It comes -- there's some parts of it that are wonderfully enriching and gratifying, because there are so many people write you notes. They come see you. They support you in anything you do.
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But there are a lot of expectations. I'm not a southerner. There's a -- you oversee the governor's mansion. There's a lot that comes with the house. You support your husband in whatever he does. We have a tight budget. You have to manage the budget.
KING: Do they feel they own you?
SANFORD: There are a lot of people that feel they voted for your husband and their event is very important, and can you please be at their event. When you're juggling four kids, it can be a lot.
KING: It can get to you after a while.
SANFORD: It's a real job. The flip-side is there's the opportunity to do great things. You show up at a charity event, or you stop by the local children's hospital or, you know, help out at a homeless shelter. And they're so happy you're there. Or you can talk about things that are near and dear to your heart, and actually make a difference. That part of it is gratifying. But it's a juggle, especially at my stage in life with young children.