Fw: Think Laura Bush Would Have Gotton Away With This???

Think Laura Bush Would Have Gotton Away With This???

At the top right hand corner of Page 17 of the New York Post of January 24th, 2009, was a short column entitled
"Replacing Michelle". Here it is, word for word, as it appeared:

Some employees are simply irreplaceable. Take Michelle Obama: The University of Chicago Medical center hired her in 2002 to run "programs for community relations, neighborhood outreach, volunteer recruitment, staff diversity and minority contracting".

In 2005 , the hospital raised her salary from $120,000 to $317,000 -- nearly twice what her husband made as a Senator.

Oh, did we mention that her husband had just become a US Senator? He sure had. Requested a $1 million earmark for the UC Medical Center, in fact. Way to network Michelle!

But now that Mrs.Obama has resigned, the hospital says her position will remain unfilled. How can that be, if the work she did was vital enough to be worth $317,000?

We can think of only one explanation: Senator Roland Burris's wife wasn't interested.
Let me add that Michelle's position was a half time, 20 hour a week job. And to think they were critical of Blagoyovich's wife for taking $100,000 in fuzzy real estate commission.

How did this bit of quid pro quo corruption escape the sharp reporters who dug through Sarah Palin's garbage and kindergarten files?


Anonymous said...

Yes, this certainly was not reported at all during the campaign. We definitely hadn't heard about this for months last year. And the economy definitely hasn't changed between 2005 and 2008 to cause them to reconsider whether a departing manager's job is vitally important to fill.

Anonymous said...

Michelle Obama must really piss conservatives off. Not only is she a proud, smart, successful independent woman but she is also a woman of color. Its a double whammy for them, and frankly I'm surprised they haven't yet gone after her with the fury they attack Hillary Clinton.

It should surprise no-one here that this is much ado about nothing. And I mean that literally, since the earmark Obama requested for the hospital was denied.

Michelle Obama was promoted because she was qualified for the job, and she was paid the same as other people in her position. She had actually turned down this promotion prior to this (as in, before her husband had become a Senator) because she did not want to change jobs.

The funniest thing about this is that the only reason this came to light is that Obama released all his earmark info as part of his campaign last year. He literally announced to the world "these are my earmarks." Do wingnuts really think he would do something so blatantly illegal and unethical and then announce it to the world in the middle of a presidential campaign?

Wait, don't answer that. No one knows what wingnuts think.

Anonymous said...

In response to 2d post pondering why wingnuts haven't gone after Michelle like they did w/Hilary:

a good question! I ponder it, too, but I think part of it has to do w/the fact that, in many ways, Hilary "paved the way" for Michelle. Hils was among the first (I give some props to dumbo Dan Quayle's wife, Marilyn, who considered still working as a lawyer whilst Dan-o was in office) to break ground as First Lady and do more than just serve tea & cookies.

Plus, Hils is white, so it's easier to be a sexist pig and not be called out for racism on top of it.

Then Michelle has chosen to fly much lower under the radar than Hils did and play the role of "mom in chief." I would lay odds that she & Barry thought long & hard about this and how Michelle would handle her new "role."

So the wingnuts have less to grab onto w/'Shelle. Here she is: truly a great mom to her kids and a wonderful partner to her hubby, plus she makes for a good hostess at all these big-wig events, and she's good looking! Of course, let's diss her for wearing sleeveless dresses and showing off her toned arms (duh).

and on top it, really it's hard to deny how smart, articulate and well spoken she is.

This trumped up "story" about how 'Shelle got all these unfair raises and promotions on her job has been making the rounds for over a year now, at least. It's about the only thing they got to attack her with. and as usual it's a big zilch.


Marc with a C said...

Did Michelle Obama ever run a stop sign and kill one of her high school classmates in a horrific vehicular accident?


Then shut the fuck up.

Kevin said...

"high school classmates"

You misspelled "ex-boyfriend" there.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah: drunken drugged out Laura "accidentally" killing her ex-bf... yeah, wonder if 'Shelle could "get away with" a skeleton like that in her closet???

Anonymous said...

It is interesting to imagine how the police would have treated a teenaged Michelle Obama after she blew threw a stop sign and crashed into her ex-boyfriend's car, killing him. I doubt she would have been driven home without so much as a sobriety test, whether it happened in Chicago or in Texas.

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