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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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To: SE Mom

I think she has a point. Don’t go into corporate America, go into government instead. Heck, just by her husband doing that her salary went from $122k to $317k!


51 posted on 02/29/2008 8:12:35 AM PST by FMBass ("Now that I'm sober I watch a lot of news"- Garofalo from Coulter's "Treason")
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To: Corin Stormhands
"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.

Michelle stole that line right out of Hillary's play-book. Hillary said virtually the same, exact thing when she broke down and "cried".
52 posted on 02/29/2008 8:13:03 AM PST by khnyny (Quid Est Veritas)
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To: Ghengis

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

BINGO! This is precisely what the left is apparently incapable of grasping. WITHOUT the hated corporations- where would the country actually BE?

Is there corruption in corporate America? You bet. Is there corruption in government? Absolutely. But remember- Barck will cure the sickness in our souls - as his wife has explained to us recently...

A chill is crossing the land in warm rhetoric.


53 posted on 02/29/2008 8:13:49 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

The Obamas are scary. What they say is very similar to what Hugo was saying before he was elected.


54 posted on 02/29/2008 8:13:50 AM PST by oldleft
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To: Red_Devil 232

Damn! did she just give me a smack down?

Uh Uhhh..dont go there *wagging finger*


55 posted on 02/29/2008 8:14:08 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SE Mom

Hmm. I have had a few different things on my resume of life. Guess which segment has paid me the most thus far? (Hint: it wasn’t a taxpayer supported entity)


56 posted on 02/29/2008 8:14:32 AM PST by Sam's Army
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To: EyeGuy
Funny, that was the first thing I thought when I read, "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."

It makes me want to convert all that I own over to gold. Frightening indeed.
57 posted on 02/29/2008 8:14:50 AM PST by stentorian conservative (Ignore Napolean's Dogs. . . Vote your conscience.)
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To: SE Mom

I wonder how much they pay the Nanny to supervise and drag the kids to all these extra-curricular activities. It’s obvious with her demanding job, that she can’t be free to regularly share these lessons with her kids. Some working woman find it easier to keep their kids occupied by signing them up for loads of activities, than it is to share quality time with them. Perhaps it helps with the guilt feelings of not being able to be there.


58 posted on 02/29/2008 8:15:00 AM PST by mass55th
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

I’m afraid she’s a Theresa Heinz for all seasons.


59 posted on 02/29/2008 8:15:38 AM PST by kenavi ("My mudder thanks you, my fodder thanks you, and Obama thanks you!")
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To: trisham
"What a phony."

Yes, she is. Has she said anything about leaving her position at the hospital to live in Washington if her husband is elected?

60 posted on 02/29/2008 8:16:08 AM PST by mass55th
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To: trisham
"What a phony."

Yes, she is. Has she said anything about leaving her position at the hospital to live in Washington if her husband is elected?

61 posted on 02/29/2008 8:16:08 AM PST by mass55th
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To: SE Mom
Don’t go into corporate America.

Uh, memo to Michelle. Who do you think pays the taxes for those nice government/teaching/socialworker/nursing jobs?

Atlas should shrug about now...

62 posted on 02/29/2008 8:16:54 AM PST by GVnana ("They're still analyzing the first guy. What do I have to worry about?" - GWB)
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To: oblomov

Thanks for the info that she quit her job. I hadn’t realized that, and was wondering if she had plans to do that if he was elected.


63 posted on 02/29/2008 8:17:22 AM PST by mass55th
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To: SE Mom
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.

I'm sure this was just her yearly raise and had nothing to do with Hussein gaining office... -sarc

64 posted on 02/29/2008 8:17:38 AM PST by frogjerk
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To: SE Mom
What an arrogant, snotty Bihac. Maybe my dad should've followed his father into construction and stayed in Newark, rather than becoming a successful corporate executive.

I would love to see Michelle get a job cleaning office buildings for just a week. See the Polish and Latin ladies leave her in the dust.

65 posted on 02/29/2008 8:17:43 AM PST by Clemenza (Rudy spent 40 Million dollars and only got one more delegate than I did.)
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To: SE Mom

Give me a break. This harridan obviously believes in the motto, “Do as I say and not as I do.”


66 posted on 02/29/2008 8:17:50 AM PST by indcons (Barack <strike>Hussein</strike> Obama is a terrorist enabler.)
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To: trisham

Forget my question. I just found another Freeper’s reply that she quit her job in January.


67 posted on 02/29/2008 8:18:04 AM PST by mass55th
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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".

Good idea. When my daughter gets out of class today I'll suggest she get hooked on drugs and then write a book or two about it. Since we're paying cash for her education so she is not straddled with student loans, maybe she'll be kind enough to pay us back after she gets her millions from book sales. We'll all be rich enough then to travel the country and tell everyone how they should live and spend their money. Sounds like fun.

68 posted on 02/29/2008 8:18:19 AM PST by jennyjenny
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To: kenavi

Terri had her ‘rum soaked’ raisins. What’s Shelli’s excuse?


69 posted on 02/29/2008 8:18:38 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Michelle Obama: this seasons Teresa Heinz.)
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To: SE Mom

Deat Michelle:

Why not go into corporate america? They are the ones that put your silly butt where it is. And they are the ones that put a lot of peoples butts where they are.

Keep telling people your fairytails. Or should I say lies.


70 posted on 02/29/2008 8:18:41 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Try getting into the ILA (Longshoreman’s Union) at any east coast port. You start at $70K, plus OVERTIME. Great work, if you “know somebody.”


71 posted on 02/29/2008 8:19:17 AM PST by Clemenza (Rudy spent 40 Million dollars and only got one more delegate than I did.)
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To: mass55th

It doesn’t matter if Obama gets elected or not. The Obama’s (Barack and Michelle) have found a new way to make gobs of money overnight - run for POTUS.

Here’s the scenario - write a book, run for office, write another book, run for office, go on the speaker curcuit at $50-$100,000 a pop, write another book....


72 posted on 02/29/2008 8:19:33 AM PST by khnyny (Quid Est Veritas)
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To: SE Mom

“How on earth are you managing it, how are you keeping it all together?”

You’re not. You are going off to work at your six-figure “career” while neglecting your children and household. As your kind has forced so many others to do by making it nearly impossible for a family to maintain a reasonable standard of living on only one adult’s salary.


73 posted on 02/29/2008 8:20:17 AM PST by BMIC
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To: SE Mom
She talks about people who end up taking years and years, until middle age, to pay off their debts.

I had student loans. It didn't take that long to pay them off. But then, I actually worked at paying them off. I didn't try to avoid it.

74 posted on 02/29/2008 8:20:21 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: SengirV
"Was she in a drum circle when she said this?"

The entire Obama movement is just one giant drum circle. lol

75 posted on 02/29/2008 8:20:46 AM PST by KoRn (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: SE Mom
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.

Very nice. The rules are different for the connected.

76 posted on 02/29/2008 8:20:52 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: SE Mom

“Lucrative career for me, but not for thee.”


77 posted on 02/29/2008 8:23:22 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: SE Mom

LOL!!!

This chick cracks me up!! An Ivy League education & she is as dumb as a box of rocks!!


78 posted on 02/29/2008 8:23:41 AM PST by kb2614 (Hell hath no fury than a bureaucrat scorned)
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To: MEGoody

Exactly. It reminds me of a piece I read somewhere on FR yesterday that the “average American” doesn’t understand what debt IS!!

A college education is not a RIGHT anymore than health care is a RIGHT.


79 posted on 02/29/2008 8:24:12 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom
'How on earth are you managing it, how are you keeping it all together?'

Well, the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ we got from the damn corporate America (the land I was only proud of once) helps a bit. But I advise against getting that $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

What a plan! I guess it's "change".

80 posted on 02/29/2008 8:24:32 AM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: KoRn
The entire Obama movement is just one giant drum circle. lol

Actually, I'd call it another kind of circle, but that would be in bad, bad, taste...lol.

Seriously, the Obama's have sacrificed nothing for this country. Obama may actually believe in some of the crap that spews from his mouth, but if these life choices hadn't benefited the Obama's directly financially, they wouldn't be making these life choices.

Altruism and opportunism meet in one nice, tidy package for the Obama's.
81 posted on 02/29/2008 8:26:07 AM PST by khnyny (Quid Est Veritas)
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To: SE Mom

This is a dangerous couple, folks!


82 posted on 02/29/2008 8:26:08 AM PST by sappy
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To: sappy

That’s the conclusion I’ve reached, as well. Far more dangerous than John and Elizabeth or John and Teresa.


83 posted on 02/29/2008 8:27:49 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

She makes Teresa look lovable.


84 posted on 02/29/2008 8:29:59 AM PST by angcat (Indian name "She who yells too much")
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To: SE Mom
"Sho nuff, ladies....go into the helpin' field......motel room housekeeper, Holiday Inn cook, lady shoe shiner, gubmint clerk, airport luggage searcher, MacDonald's order-taker.....and by all means, don't go into Corporate America unless you're the night shift mop pusher.

(.....pssst, don't look now but this is how we we keep y'all down on the plantation)"

Leni

85 posted on 02/29/2008 8:30:24 AM PST by MinuteGal (FRed and Mitt are Still My Guys)
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To: frogjerk

I find it bizarre that she’s bitching about student loans...it isn’t like you don’t know going into them that you’re going to have to pay them back but you do it anyway because of the chance at rewards...such as tripling your salary in one year and sitting on corporate boards.

Hillary whines about how it isn’t a level playing field (she should know from only being where she is because of her husband) and now Michelle is complaining about a system that has enriched her. What a mess these candidates are!!!!


86 posted on 02/29/2008 8:33:03 AM PST by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABLER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: GVnana

Not just that, but people tend to forget that by maximizing one’s earning potential they maximize the amount they can give to charity.

A friend of mine is very Christian and very smart, asked me how she could reconcile going from her charity job to a big financial services firm for a 60k a year raise. I reminded her that the firm she was going to had charitable matching, and that they would rather get 10k a year from her and replace her than have her work there another 5 years.


87 posted on 02/29/2008 8:34:10 AM PST by oldleft
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To: khnyny

If he ends up winning the election in November, I’m waiting to see where they send their daughters for school. More than likely, it will be a private school. Typical hypocritical behavior.


88 posted on 02/29/2008 8:35:09 AM PST by mass55th
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To: mylife

“I am beginning to loathe this woman.”

Michelle Obama is a post-civil rights era liberal with a major “black woman” chip on her shoulder. She doesn’t have a clue about REAL discrimination.

Michelle’s always whining about her college loans, but she didn’t HAVE to go to high-priced ivy league schools. She made the choices, now she’s whining about the consequences.

I chose to go to an affordable public university, put myself through school through scholarships and waitressing. I graduated with no debt and $2000 in my pocket. I’ve been making six figures for almost a decade now, and I didn’t need an ivy league school to get there.

I hope Michelle keeps putting her foot in her mouth. She’s obnoxious and she’s not helping her husband at all.


89 posted on 02/29/2008 8:35:46 AM PST by RooRoobird20 (Thankfully Converted Catholic)
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To: mass55th

Yep. That’s what the Clinton’s did with Chelsea.

Obama’s = Clinton’s. There’s very little difference.

Like I said on another thread - Barack Obama does Bill Clinton better than Bill Clinton.


90 posted on 02/29/2008 8:39:16 AM PST by khnyny (Quid Est Veritas)
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To: SE Mom

Why are women in the Rodent Party so full of hate? Wow! This one has gone over the edge. It must be tough being filthy rich.


91 posted on 02/29/2008 8:40:13 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (In November, we're going to be able to elect politicians who say they can change the weather. YAY!)
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To: RooRoobird20

Vice Pres for Community Affairs of the Hospital -

Sounds like one of those Jesse Jackson shakedown jobs, where she collects a hefty blackmail salary and uses the position to agitate.

The Obamas have won the Dem nod and they MUST be defeated.


92 posted on 02/29/2008 8:40:20 AM PST by rbmillerjr ("bigger government means constricting freedom"....................RWR)
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To: SE Mom

Michelle need not worry, it’s a non-issue.

If Michelle is elected co-president, the coporations would be driven from our shores with tax policy.


93 posted on 02/29/2008 8:40:31 AM PST by listenhillary (Barack Hussein Obama is a left handed Muslim. Think about it.)
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To: Vigilanteman

I tell my son to find a career where you make money if the factory leaves America or comes to America. Globalism and free trade will destroy sense of country and reduce workers to the status of commodity like raw materials, and finished products which flow in and out of borders (which will disappear over time).


94 posted on 02/29/2008 8:40:39 AM PST by Fee
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To: SE Mom

New Barrack theme song:

(To the tune of “Candyman”.)

Who can take a sunrise
Sprinkle it in dew
Cover it in chocolate
and a miracle or two?

The Obamaman
The Obamaman can
The Obamaman can cause he mixes it with love and makes manure taste good

Who can take a rainbow
Wrap it is a sigh
Soak it in the sun
and make a strawberry lemon pie?

Children: The Obamaman?

The Obamaman
The Obamaman can
The Obamaman can cause he mixes it with love and makes manure taste good

Obamaman makes
Everything he bakes
Satisfying and delicious
Talk about your childhood wishes
You can even eat the dishes

Who can take tomorrow
Dip it in a dream
Seperate the sorrow
And collect up all the cream?

Obamaman

Adult Children:Obamaman can!

(There is an audio of this, but I haven’t been able to locate it.)


95 posted on 02/29/2008 8:40:47 AM PST by Islander7 ("Show me an honest politician and I will show you a case of mistaken identity.")
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To: Islander7

LOL. Now that’s funny.


96 posted on 02/29/2008 8:42:31 AM PST by khnyny (Quid Est Veritas)
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To: listenhillary

Except her hubby has said he wants to CHANGE all that...just how and by what methods, I’ve yet to understand.


97 posted on 02/29/2008 8:42:37 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Parmenio

“She makes Teresa Heinz Kerry seem almost normal.”

I was going to say this sounds like the black version of Terry Kerry.

Another limousine liberal without a clue.


98 posted on 02/29/2008 8:43:28 AM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: Islander7

ROFL! :)


99 posted on 02/29/2008 8:43:30 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: RooRoobird20

What is bad is even if she loses the co-presidency, she will be looked to as an EXPERT! on American foreign policy and domestic policy by the media.

The media will be contantly checking in and seeing what Michelle thinks. That is if she doesn’t get a Oprah clone show on the Tele.


100 posted on 02/29/2008 8:43:41 AM PST by listenhillary (Barack Hussein Obama is a left handed Muslim. Think about it.)
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