So I was surfing the internets on a Friday night and I see this:
Obamas: Daughters should try minimum wage
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama agree that they would like their daughters to have some experience in minimum wage jobs.
“Oh yeah,” the first lady said when asked whether she would like her daughters to work in minimum wage jobs. “I think every kid needs to get a taste of what it’s like to do that real hard work.”
Yeah, like that’s gonna happen. I hear there is an opening at NBC for a First Kid now that Chelsea Clinton is going on maternity leave.
Seriously though, nobody expects two privileged young women like Sasha and Malia Obama to ever work for minimum wage. If they did it would be very brief and just for show.
But wait! There’s more!
Michelle Obama also discussed equal pay for women, saying that while she was working at the University of Chicago, she did not receive fair pay. “Essentially, I just got paid less,” she said, adding that women need also to take it upon themselves to “negotiate for ourselves.”
I was so shocked I had to stop and double check just to be sure. I thought maybe old age was catching up to me and my memory was going soggy. But no, I remembered correctly after all. Let’s start with her official White House bio:
A product of Chicago public schools, Mrs. Obama studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, she joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she later met the man who would become the love of her life.
After a few years, Mrs. Obama decided her true calling was working with people to serve their communities and their neighbors. She served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago’s City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares youth for public service.
In 1996, Mrs. Obama joined the University of Chicago with a vision of bringing campus and community together. As Associate Dean of Student Services, she developed the university’s first community service program, and under her leadership as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center, volunteerism skyrocketed.
Sidley and Austin is a politically connected corporate law firm with offices in 19 cities around the globe, including Chicago. They don’t exactly do Legal Aid Society pro bono work for the poor. From there Michelle went to a government job. Anybody who knows anything about Chicago knows that you gotta be politically connected to get a job a city hall. So guess who “recruited” Michelle Obama away from Sidley and Austin?
Americorps is government grant money. That’s right, she was feeding off the public teat. She didn’t stay there very long because in 1996 she started working at the University of Chicago. Barack was already teaching at the U of C law school, but coincidentally just about the time Michelle was hired to work there Barack won his first election and became a state senator.
Now let’s try FactCheck.Org:
On Jan. 9, 2009, the University of Chicago Medical Center officially announced that Michelle Obama had resigned from her post as vice president for community and external affairs to join her husband, then-President-elect Barack Obama, in the White House as the new first lady of the United States.
Michelle Obama had been promoted in 2005 to vice president for community and external affairs after three years as the executive director for community affairs. It’s true, as the e-mail (and National Review column) says, that she received a sizable pay raise that year. She went from earning $121,910 in 2004 as an executive director at the hospital to making $316,962 in 2005 as a vice president, according to tax returns filed by the Obamas for those years. But the suggestion made by the email’s author – and not made by the National Review – that she was being paid more than $300,000 for a “20 hour a week job” is not true.
University of Chicago Medical Center spokesman John Easton said Mrs. Obama didn’t reduce her work schedule from full time to part time until 2007 when it became clear that her husband would run for president. “As she reduced her hours, beginning early in 2007, her salary decreased proportionately,” Easton told us in an e-mail. “She switched to half time shortly before her husband formally announced his campaign, then to 20% later that year and to 0% in 2008.”
I’m not exactly sure what a “Associate Dean of Student Services” does, but my impression of institutions of higher learning is that those kinds of jobs pay pretty well. Certainly well above minimum wage. After all, this wasn’t a small community college in Bumphuck Montana, this was the University of Chicago!
We know that she moved over to the U of C Medical Center in 2002, which is coincidentally the year that Barack first ran for the U.S. Congress, unsuccessfully challenging Bobby Rush in the primary. The first time we are told about her income was for 2004 when she made $121,910 as the “executive director for community affairs.”
In 2004 Barack was elected to the U.S. Senate. In 2005 Michelle was promoted to “vice president for community and external affairs” and received a modest salary bump up to $316,962 a year. I’m sure that was purely coincidental. They actually created that position for Michelle. Coincidentally, when she stopped working there in 2007 they eliminated the position.
I’ll let you speculate as to exactly what she did to earn that money. I will note that one of Barack’s first earmark requests as a senator was for $1 million to build a new hospital pavilion at the University of Chicago Medical Center. I’m sure it was just a coincidence.
I sure wish I could be poor and oppressed like the Mooch and Barry.
Somewhere in their hardscrabble upbringings Mooch and Barry developed a taste for things like Wagyu beef.
These days I can barely afford hamburger.
While Mooch was busy writing the protocol/plan for throwing the indigent out of UofC Hospital emergency room and into hospitals 30+ minutes away, they used the bonuses she got to test taste those basic essentials… Wagyu beef, caviar, lobster, etc……
The vocational/technical schools around here have a freshman sampler year. Kids have to choose several potential career paths to explore before they’re allowed to settle into one. My daughter entered knowing exactly which path would be her choice, and at first it was hard to convince her she would gain anything from exploring any other fields. But when the year was over, she could paint her own room, do a simple health assessment, French braid her own hair, change a tire…. She also knew how hard a waitress works for those tips and the person behind the counter at the DMV is grouchy for a reason. I think Michelle Obama is right her kids would benefit from having a minimum wage job experience. So would she and her husband. It’s never going to happen.
We have had 44 presidents, and IIRC all but one or two of them had kids. But very few of them ever made much of an independent name for themselves. John-John and Princess Caroline have been more famous than successful. Most of them simply vanished from the public eye.
We did have a couple of sons make it to the White House themselves. I’m not putting any money on the Bush twins making if an historical first, though.
I feel like I need a shower whenever I read or hear from them.
Malia’s been attending a ritzy-snitzy sleepover summer camp since they’ve been in office, she’s old enough to return as a camp counselor. Sasha’s old enough to be a CIT (non-paid counselor-in-training). I just don’t think working is in the Obama DNA. They are Princesses afterall 🙂
I’m sure it’s difficult for the First Kids to get “regular” peon jobs, nor do the SS want to hang out in a McD’s all day. Maybe they could help out with the WH staff doing humble chores ? But only if they feel like it ……
How about walk and feed the dogs and clean up their poop?
That’s a $100,000+ per year job Klown, just look at the WH budget.
This is so off topic, and I’m coming out from under the curtain of anonymity here a bit, but I’m so proud of my DIL. For the guys Jennifer Weiner is a queen in chick fiction, and she has chosen my DIL’s book as her number 1 or 2 beach read for the summer. Kris has donated all of the profits from her book to Dana Farber Cancer Research so this might put a few more coins in their fountain. http://www.usatoday.com/story/experience/weekend/entertainment/2014/06/18/jennifer-weiner-picks-her-10-best-beach-reads/10787503/
OMG. That is so cool !!! Way to go, DIL.
Nice ! Your DIL’s books will do more to help get people moving than any of MObama’s harpy programs. What an inspiration 🙂
That’s fantastic elliesmom!
Congrats to you DIL! I’m sure that mention by Weiner is going to equate to a lot of sales for her!
So did your son do well or did your DIL succeed in spite of…? 🙂
Both my kids chose well for themselves, but they had good role models. 😛
My first two are super. My last is a work in progress. 😦
At least he brought us a great DIL.and the BotW, but looks like he’s not finished and not choosy.
I was just about to take a bite of fresh fruit that I had just cut up and mixed together when I opened up TCH. The picture of MO stuffing her well enhanced face with caviar on a “cracker” was almost more than I could stand. The beautiful mixed fruit became really hard to swallow.
I think an alert would have been nice, Klown.
I don’t know how to post photos, but here is a link to my most favorite of MO:
scroll down a little. (I don’t know why it shows up in a series but it does.) Maybe someone can fix this.
this is better.
That’s the photo that convinces me she’s had a makeover that involved an MD and some anaesthesia.
I was thinking more along the lines of a body and fender shop. She’s most definitely had some “work done”.
em – I think air brushing and photo shopping are her best friends now. Her size and cheekbones seem to change in almost every photo.
She still has no fashion sense. I never understood why the media declared she was a a fashion icon.
The same reason they declared Obama the smartest guy to be POTUS EVAH!!!!!!
They are a bunch of racist morons.
Speaking of Presidential children, this is a pretty interesting list of all of them, sad to notice our earlier Presidents certainly lost a lot of children to diseases we now have vaccines for, (stupid Jenny McCarthy, just hope those thousands of immigrating children have their shots!).
My cousin is on the anti-vaccine bandwagon. He’s in his late 60’s, lives out in the middle of the woods where he isn’t likely to have much contact with people who could give him the flu. His only child is middle-aged and childless so she has no little kids who might bring him a nasty case of whooping cough. I asked him if he gets rabies shots for his dog, and he just sputtered. While I don’t want a lot of little kids to become sick or maybe even die, I wouldn’t mind a small epidemic hitting just his house. He has a huge number of followers on FB.
Humor him It’s more fun to believe in vast conspiracies than acknowledge major bits of life are left to chance.
Where I work, the president of the company famously had his son work as a janitor (for some unspecified amount of time) to start at the bottom. When he got out of school, he was immediately put at the top. He became the head of one of the divisions of the company. It lost money and was sold off. He eventually got a big payoff and left.
Now, the janitorial work is outsourced.
Rich guys ALWAYS equate bank balances with IQs. There IS no correlation. They also do the same with other items, but again they fall short.
Aw it’s so quaint — her daughters are going to go “slumming” with us peons. It’s just like when Marie Antoinette had the Hameau de la Reine built as a “country retreat” from Versailles so she could pretend to be a shepherd girl.
I wonder if they’ll wear peasant blouses too!
Speaking of peasant blouses, here’s an article that appears in a new Onion offshoot website called Clickhole.
It’s Time to Stop Saying Buxom Wench
Funny stuff, aren’t they a parody of Buzz Feed ? I’ve been following them on FB, very entertaining !
lol I like them. 😀
That moment when you look in the mirror and realize you have dried drool (at least you hope it’s drool) in your facial hair.
I don’t even like Bush and I think that is stupid.
Does that mean progs now agree Iraq has gone to hell? I’m pretty sure they didn’t last month.
It’s the product of a smallish mind with even less artistic talent/
It’s good to see that the longest running case of butthurt from ’08 is still going on. What are you Democrats-Who-Never-Were going to do with your sad, rage-filled and friendless lives when Obama’s gone? p.s. Klown, a fat, bald guy who’s normally decked out in stained t-shirts really shouldn’t comment on someone else’s fashion sense.
That’s not a stain.
People on Twitter have been noticing a lot of new twolls lately – new accounts with hardly any followers or comment history, filled with hate and misinformation.
The consensus is that OFA just had a mass hiring for the summer and fall campaigns.
I don’t think their campaign will work. But don’t tell them. Let them spend all the money.
It’s interesting, though, that they are working from a script and are targeting specific povs. JT knew the political backstory to TCH. That means they are scared to death of folk who think like most here. Interesting.
So is it merely late 2014 strategy or – as I think – an early start to 2016?
I would think that OFA–or their opponents, for that matter–would want to target mixed-opinion or neutral blogs, where they might make a few converts. I would think it would be a waste of time to target blogs where most of the bloggers and commenters had already made up their minds for the Center-Right (OFA and friends) or the Hard Right (the most prominent adversaries of OFA and friends). Why did Spammy Tammy bother posting on a blog s/he knew to be an Obummer-scorning blog? If s/he is being paid, that money was wasted.
Probably shouldn’t assume a political hack is intelligent when past performances indicate otherwise.
Uh, who’s sad and rage-filled?
Yeah. Speaking of stains, Obama’s polling has caused a rather large number of them in DC. I recommend Clorox.
LOL. Glad we don’t do their laundry.
Send them some Depends!
Nerve meet strike?????
Pretty sure we are still going to be laughing at you. You are sad. Read the posts here no one is mean. You strike me as a child. Hair digs really? Grow up. I am being nice because this is a nice place but your post begs for assault. I respect Klown and posters so I am gona just say grow up.
Mmm, drive by rage-filled comment. Well, eat my shorts. There, I told him/her.
Hey J-Tammy, have you ever been retweeted by the NYT ? Ok, by a reporter I’ve never heard of, but still, cool beans I am…….
Visuals! Visuals! Dad burn it, Byron. Watch your visuals, man!
I’ve heard of Byron York. He’s a name if you’re a political junkie.
Thought I’d share what Imma do when there is no more
Yeah-hoo! I’ll be dancing in the street when Obama leaves.
MY last post got eaten by spammy but I wanted to say every kitchen is a lab. Want your kid to do well look around. Scrambled eggs with carmelized onions and buttered rye is a class.
Malia has been working as a production assistant on the set of the Halle Berry / Steven Spielberg TV series ‘Extant.’ You know, the typical menial minimum wage job teenagers usually get.
I KNOW! Poor child. That job opening was probably just good timing.
I keep seeing it was for one day with mom watching, then a week, then a whole summer gig ! Just can’t trust the tabloids anymore 😦 /sarc If you google or bing Malia Obama Production Assistant, you’ll see what I mean……
You mean, Mom went WITH her on her first day of her job?
Oh Good Lord!
I don’t think it was about supporting her daughter as much as it was hangin’ with Spielburg/Halle Berry gang.
HOw embarassing for Malia. Jaysus.
A little Jennifer Nettles and Carrie Underwood
Love Dolly. That song was written on a nail file while she was on set waiting for her scene.
Also under the heading of AYFKM?? are the idiots in is this news item: http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/san-francisco-bay-area/coast-guard-rescues-4-great-pacific-race-rowers-off-california-coast/26605344#!1UxWx
These bird brains set out in a rowboat to “race” from California thinking they might eventually reach Hawaii. On the Pacific Ocean. They made it about Ππ distance, which to the unclassical among us is less than 1/32nd of the way, about 75 out of 2370 miles, before the ocean won and almost did them in. The Coast Guard rescued them. It was hazardous and difficult to do. My question is: Why?
Just think of it as evolution in action.
Technically, it’s natural selection. It would only be evolution if they made it without dying.
Isn’t it more like evolutionus interruptus?
National Geographic Channel is joining in the 2016 HRC campaign next week by running a special series on the 90’s and how great they were with Big Dog in the WH, and all.
Too late. I think the Obama people are going to destroy her first.
If they can destroy her or at least weaken her substantially now then they have time to move their shiny new candidate into position.
I think that’s the plan. With the power they have now, they’re not going away without a fight. Hillary is a policy wonk, not a jujitsu strategist. I wonder if this will end much like ’08.
Speaking of shiny new candidates, Mooches new plastic surgery works sure seems to have healed nicely. Plenty of time left to scrub the data banks of her former pix before she announces.
The same thought of photo scrubbing came to mind yesterday while I was searching for the picture. That is precisely why I saved the photo last night into my private folders. When I want to post it long after the intertubz have been scrubbed, I’ll need help to do it. But in the meantime, I’m certainly not going to let that image disappear.