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Michelle Obama: "Don't Go Into Corporate America"
The Corner at NRO ^ | 29 February 2008 | Byron York

Posted on 02/29/2008 7:54:58 AM PST by SE Mom

I have a new story today about Michelle Obama's visit to Zanesville, Ohio, where she met with a group of women at a local day care center. According to the U.S. Census, Muskingum County, where Zanesville is located, had a median household income of $37,192 in 2004, below both the Ohio and national averages. Just 12.2 percent of adults in the county have a bachelor's degree or higher, also well below the state and national averages. About 20 percent don't have a high school degree. Nevertheless, Mrs. Obama urged them to foreswear lucrative professions like corporate law or hedge fund management and go into the helping industry, even if the sacrifice is great:

-As she has many times in the past, Mrs. Obama complains about the lasting burden of student loans dating from her days at Princeton and Harvard Law School. She talks about people who end up taking years and years, until middle age, to pay off their debts. “The salaries don’t keep up with the cost of paying off the debt, so you’re in your 40s, still paying off your debt at a time when you have to save for your kids,” she says.

“Barack and I were in that position,” she continues. “The only reason we’re not in that position is that Barack wrote two best-selling books… It was like Jack and his magic beans. But up until a few years ago, we were struggling to figure out how we would save for our kids.” A former attorney with the white-shoe Chicago firm of Sidley & Austin, Obama explains that she and her husband made the choice to give up lucrative jobs in favor of community service. “We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do,” she tells the women. “Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and we’re encouraging our young people to do that. But if you make that choice, as we did, to move out of the money-making industry into the helping industry, then your salaries respond.” Faced with that reality, she adds, “many of our bright stars are going into corporate law or hedge-fund management.”

What she doesn’t mention is that the helping industry has treated her pretty well. In 2006, the Chicago Tribune reported that Mrs. Obama’s compensation at the University of Chicago Hospital, where she is a vice president for community affairs, jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office. And that does not count the money Mrs. Obama receives from serving on corporate boards. She would have been O.K. even without Jack’s magic beans.

Mrs. Obama also bemoaned the amount of money she has to spend — nearly one-third of the median household income in Zanesville — on piano, dance, and other lessons for her two children. But she was grateful for the concern her husband's supporters have shown for her. "Everywhere I go, no matter what, the women in the audience, their first question for me is, 'How on earth are you managing it, how are you keeping it all together?'" she told the women.

02/29 08:19 AM


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 666; byronyork; chicago; michelleobama; obama; theblackhillary
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Now here's a woman who understands the average American, eh?

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Mrs. Obama also bemoaned the amount of money she has to spend — nearly one-third of the median household income in Zanesville — on piano, dance, and other lessons for her two children.

~snip~

1 posted on 02/29/2008 7:54:59 AM PST by SE Mom
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To: SE Mom

I am beginning to loathe this woman


2 posted on 02/29/2008 7:59:05 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SE Mom
Uh, well, Ms. Obama, if nobody goes into "lucrative professions", who is going to pay for all your husband's planned socialism?

And if the "helping professions" are so great that other people should sacrifice their own dreams to be in a "helping profession", why don't you, Ms. Obama, quit your $200,000 law career and become a daycare provider?

Hmmmmm?

3 posted on 02/29/2008 7:59:14 AM PST by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: SE Mom

Doesn’t MO earn a 6-figure income as an attorney? Shouldn’t she be correcting essays or changing bedpans instead?


4 posted on 02/29/2008 7:59:25 AM PST by tennteacher (Hunter Conservative)
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To: SE Mom
… It was like Jack and his magic beans

What did she do, throw his books out da window and shazaam, money trees a sprouted up....

5 posted on 02/29/2008 7:59:27 AM PST by The Forgotten Man (He works, he votes, generally he prays--but he always pays....)
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To: SE Mom

The Obama’s want us to be a ‘nation of beggars’.
God forbid, we would work for ‘profit’!


6 posted on 02/29/2008 7:59:54 AM PST by griswold3 (Al queda is guilty of hirabah (war against society) Penalty is death.)
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To: SE Mom

~snip~

“We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do,” she tells the women. “Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and we’re encouraging our young people to do that.

~snip~

Corporate America will likely return the favor, Mrs. Obama.


7 posted on 02/29/2008 7:59:57 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom
their first question for me is, 'How on earth are you managing it, how are you keeping it all together?'"

Hillary cried at this question.

8 posted on 02/29/2008 8:00:05 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SE Mom

This is unbelievable! There are no free rides! She’s sounding like a glass half empty person...sitting there with her very fat salary and her husband the front runner for President. Sheesh!


9 posted on 02/29/2008 8:00:59 AM PST by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABLER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: GiovannaNicoletta

She can’t leave her law career -

after all, America doesn’t have enough lawyers as it is!


10 posted on 02/29/2008 8:01:24 AM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: SE Mom

she is a piece of work. Typical limousine liberal who ‘feels the pain’ of the common folk while living the high life. Her kids go to private schools, her and Baracks income was 1.6 million in 2005, and 995k in 2006. Hard to pay off student loans that way.


11 posted on 02/29/2008 8:01:26 AM PST by milwguy (........)
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To: SE Mom
What a phony.
12 posted on 02/29/2008 8:01:32 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SE Mom
Was she in a drum circle when she said this?


13 posted on 02/29/2008 8:01:45 AM PST by SengirV
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To: SE Mom

“Iceberg straight ahead, Captain........no, it’s the chip on Michelle Obama’s shoulder.”


14 posted on 02/29/2008 8:02:01 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: SE Mom

She makes Teresa Heinz Kerry seem almost normal.


15 posted on 02/29/2008 8:02:08 AM PST by Parmenio
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To: Aria

We be victims yall


16 posted on 02/29/2008 8:02:14 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: tennteacher

From the article:

In 2006, the Chicago Tribune reported that Mrs. Obama’s compensation at the University of Chicago Hospital, where she is a vice president for community affairs, jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office.


17 posted on 02/29/2008 8:02:22 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Aria

The Man is keeping her down.


18 posted on 02/29/2008 8:02:31 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: mylife

Loathe agreed. She is as dangerous as her husband. What a tart.


20 posted on 02/29/2008 8:03:01 AM PST by svcw (The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.)
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To: SE Mom
Under her husband, there will be plenty of government jobs and handouts to make it easier to fore go corporate jobs (not to even address those corporate jobs disappearing as a result of her husband’s policies).
21 posted on 02/29/2008 8:03:36 AM PST by Corporate Law (<>< - Xavier Basketball, Perennial Slayer of #1 Ranked Teams)
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To: SE Mom
" ... A former attorney with the white-shoe Chicago firm of Sidley & Austin, Obama explains that she and her husband made the choice to give up lucrative jobs in favor of community service ..."


White-shoe Chicago firm?


Why am I getting the feeling that our next president may be wearing sneakers?

22 posted on 02/29/2008 8:03:57 AM PST by G.Mason (And what is intelligence if not the craft of out-thinking our adversaries?)
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To: SE Mom

We would have to get TWO corporate jobs to pay for Obama’s spending programs.


23 posted on 02/29/2008 8:03:59 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: SE Mom
[Mrs. Obama’s compensation at the University of Chicago Hospital . . .jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office. And that does not count the money Mrs. Obama receives from serving on corporate boards. . .]

Do as I say, not as I do.

24 posted on 02/29/2008 8:04:04 AM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: SE Mom

Atlas Shrugged, Mrs. ORacist...Atlas Shrugged.

John Galt coming soon to the United States if somehow, in gross stupidity, the American public elects your affirmative action asses as America’s first couple.


25 posted on 02/29/2008 8:04:12 AM PST by EyeGuy
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To: Parmenio

Please note my tagline.


26 posted on 02/29/2008 8:04:14 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Michelle Obama: this seasons Teresa Heinz.)
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To: tennteacher

>>Doesn’t MO earn a 6-figure income as an attorney?

She quit her job in January. She was VP of “community relations” for University of Chicago hospitals.

If she were an attorney, she would have actually had to work.


27 posted on 02/29/2008 8:04:16 AM PST by oblomov
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To: mylife

Really, she may be worse than Hillary.


28 posted on 02/29/2008 8:04:21 AM PST by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: SE Mom
even if the sacrifice is great:

typical altruism by the commies and their liberal sypathizers

29 posted on 02/29/2008 8:04:41 AM PST by mjp (Live & let live. I don't want to live in Mexico, Marxico, or Muslimico. Statism & high taxes suck)
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To: svcw

Both Obama’s seem to be feeling rather invincible at the moment and are saying incredibly stupid things without fear of reprisal.

This will not last. There will be a day of political reckoning.


30 posted on 02/29/2008 8:06:24 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: freedomson

I think she is indeed- worse than Hillary. Hillary is a partisan Democrat, a decided liberal.

Michelle Obama is a socialist.


31 posted on 02/29/2008 8:06:46 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: MrB

You can steal more money with a briefcase than a gun. You can steal even more when you get elected.


32 posted on 02/29/2008 8:07:01 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SE Mom

hmm looks like two empty suits not just one!


33 posted on 02/29/2008 8:07:05 AM PST by rolling_stone (same)
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To: The Forgotten Man

It’s becoming a toss up as to which witch I would rather keep out of the WH. Michele O or Hillary.


34 posted on 02/29/2008 8:07:20 AM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: SE Mom
“Barack and I were in that position,” she continues. “The only reason we’re not in that position is that Barack wrote two best-selling books… It was like Jack and his magic beans.

That is, in a nutshell, what this political persuasion hopes is all that we understand about the economy and how to succeed. If you become successful, it is because of some kind of luck or magic. So don't even try.

She fails to mention that "corporate America" is what marketed and sold those books for Sen. Obama.

35 posted on 02/29/2008 8:07:30 AM PST by Ghengis (Of course freedom is free. If it wasn't, it would be called expensivedom. ~Cindy Sheehan 11/11/06)
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To: SE Mom
I'll believe a word this skiff has to say when she moves out of her lavish house into a 600 sq. ft. apartment, and she and Mr. Obama go get jobs at Taco Bell. Oh, and the Obamas cash in their stocks and IRAs to give to the homeless along with their fat bank account.

Mrs. Obama's presidential slogan: "The world needs ditch-diggers, too."

This chick is every bit the nutjob that Tar-ay-zza Kerry was.

36 posted on 02/29/2008 8:07:34 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberals: can't live with them, can't ship them to Canada.)
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To: SE Mom
gotta keep the masses in their good little worker bee roles = lest they get educated and figure out what the ‘bamas have in store for them.

Straight out Socialist/Communist rhetoric Time for the Bill Cosbys to react ...

37 posted on 02/29/2008 8:07:42 AM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: SE Mom
If you're a Democratic Chicago politician for a couple of years and haven't become a millionaire from it, you just aren't trying.
38 posted on 02/29/2008 8:08:09 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Rattenschadenfreude: joy at a Democrat's pain, especially Hillary's pain caused by Obama.)
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To: SE Mom

That’s just a coincidence, I’m sure.


39 posted on 02/29/2008 8:08:13 AM PST by jaydubya2
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To: SE Mom
Re: "Don't Go Into Corporate America"

I guess I'll just look at my 401(k) that I've/and my company have been contributing and sigh. Silly me, I don't want to be a "slave" to the man in my golden years (that are 24+ years off).

Dang corporate America... dang capitalism.

[sarcasm on] Mrs. B.H.O., when am I going to get my government supplied cheese, milk, and bread? Trajan88 needs govt. welfare. [sarcasm off]

40 posted on 02/29/2008 8:08:20 AM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: SE Mom
from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office.

That's an incredible "jump". Michelle Obama's salary increases by almost $200,000 within months??? Ruh roh, there's the dirt, lol.
41 posted on 02/29/2008 8:08:24 AM PST by khnyny (Quid Est Veritas)
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To: Ghengis

You’ll see this over and over again with wealthy socialists -

they didn’t have to work very hard to get their wealth, and assume all other wealthy people got there the same way.

Those who had to work for their wealth resent having it stolen from them for the benefit of those that refuse to earn their own living.


42 posted on 02/29/2008 8:09:10 AM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: mylife
She Will Be More Dangerous Than Hillary Ever Was If She Gets Into The White House!


43 posted on 02/29/2008 8:09:18 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: freedomson

I have said this for some time now.

The Clintons are socialists.
The Obamas are RADICAL Socialists


44 posted on 02/29/2008 8:09:34 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SE Mom
"Everywhere I go, no matter what, the women in the audience, their first question for me is, 'How on earth are you managing it, how are you keeping it all together?'" she told the women.

And, honestly, without my maid and my cook and my nanny and my driver, I don't know how we'd manage...

45 posted on 02/29/2008 8:09:37 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (I thought of a good tag line this morning...but darned if I can remember it...)
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To: SE Mom

Damn, I wish my salary would triple in a year. But that’s not how it goes for the little people, only politicos and their connected spouses.


46 posted on 02/29/2008 8:10:22 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberals: can't live with them, can't ship them to Canada.)
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To: freedomson
jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office.

That's even more than Hillary's cattle futures scam.
47 posted on 02/29/2008 8:10:36 AM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: SE Mom
The voters deserve the people they vote for - and she will probably end up as First Lady.

A stark indicator on how far we've fallen.
48 posted on 02/29/2008 8:11:15 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Obama and Hillary - it's right there in black and white)
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To: SE Mom

Thanks, SE Mom. I could not remember what her job was. I’m sure that, given her title, she considers herself a social worker. I have a masters plus 30 hours, and she still makes double my teacher’s salary before I retired a year ago.


49 posted on 02/29/2008 8:11:33 AM PST by tennteacher (Hunter Conservative)
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To: SE Mom
You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and we’re encouraging our young people to do that.

Some factoids for Michelle:

  1. School teachers in our district average $59K per year. There are hundreds of applicants everytime there is an opening. Most of the time, the district doesn't even advertise the openings because the deluge of applications would be so large. Meanwhile, local factories have trouble recruiting machinists, partly because they don't want to hire anyone over 40.

  2. Nursing schools are filled to the gills and very competitive to get into. My daughter is worried that her mere A- average won't cut it.

  3. Could either of the above problems be because we have ninnys like you forcing taxpayers to subsidize colleges who train future Marxists, community organizers and women's study majors but can't tell which end of a rectal thermometer to insert?

Consider also if your minions have your way, there will be even more kids going into professions which consume tax dollars so there will be even fewer to earn the money to pay for them.
50 posted on 02/29/2008 8:12:20 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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