Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Irony Proof Michelle Obama

Slams corporations and fat paychecks. And hopes that no one remembers her own 1/3 million dollar per year no-show job.
First lady Michelle Obama took her inspirational family story on the road over the weekend, telling the graduating class of Oregon State University that having a corner corporate office and a big paycheck isn’t the prize it looks like when entering the job market.

“Success isn’t about how your life looks to others, it’s about how it feels to you,” Obama said Sunday, retelling how she and her brother, Oregon men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson, grew up in a small Chicago home pushed by parents who said “be true to ourselves.”

For both, she said, that meant throwing away their corporate suits and trying something different after realizing what they thought was the American dream.
Here's what living the dream really meant to Michelle Obama.
Michelle Obama having been part of the problem could actually be something the administration could use to their advantage if they were willing to be honest about it,  but asking most politicians to be honest is like asking a dog not to bark and Obama might view it as politically embarrassing.
 Probably because Michelle Obama's job as a "hospital administrator" had nothing to with medicine and nothing to do with administrating.  It was all about PR.
Her official title was Vice President for External and Community Affairs. But that title and that job was so unnecessary, that , it not only didnt exist before she got it, when she resigned the position  to campaign with her husband, no one was ever rehired to fill it, and the job itself was terminated after she resigned..
The circumstantial evidence is that it was only  Barrack Obama's election to the US senate in 2005 that caused the creation of the position specifially for Michelle Obama.
Michelle Obama had been working for the University of Chicago Hospital at a salary of $121,000 a year. But in 2005 after Barrack Obama was elected  U.S. senator, Michelle got the promotion to Vice President of External Community Affairs,  -- a position that didn't previously exist --  and a $200,000 a year raise -- to $316,000.
 John Easton, a spokesman for the University of Chicago Hospital told the  Chicago Tribune that Mrs. Obama was one of 16 other vice presidents at the non-profit hospital making a similar salary which was approximately $100,000 a year more than an anesthesiologist  made.
And salaries like that, especially for a postiion as unneccesary as Michelle Obama's helps to drive  up the cost of medical care  which in turn drives up the cost of insurance premiums people pay.
This is the kind of waste Obama is talking about eliminating and that argument and need for reform would be made pretty powerfully if  Michelle Obama herself  helped make it.
This job was so important that, after she left to become first lady, the hospital didn't refill it.
She hasn’t shown up for work very regularly over the last year or so, so when Michelle Obama’s $300,000 job was cut at the University of Chicago Hospitals, it may have been hard to notice the difference.  Crain’s skipped the part about the incoming First Lady, must have been an oversight in their expert analysis of Chicago Business, because we know Crain’s is “Not show business. All business”.

The Tribune announced the layoff without much analysis, but let the cat far enough out of the bag to prompt our Don Rose to question how important Michelle Obama’s job must have been, as it was so easily eliminated.  The New Republic gnashes their dentures at the how a community can be served without Michelle Obama, despite the void of actual labor she has performed while being on the campaign trail.  The comments are much more informative than the article in TNR.


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