Michelle Obama is a firecracker just like Theresa Heinz Kerry. And she may end up being a liability for her husband if she doesn’t shut her yap. I predict that the Obama folks may have to reign her in if Obama is in the general election. Take this for example:
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…
“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.”
Does anyone else see anything wrong with this? Rather than urging less-fortunate citizens to make the best of their lives and strive for high paying jobs, she counsels these women to aim a little lower. I’m not bashing cops and teachers and social workers. Lord knows we need them. But if someone has the talent and ability to be a lawyer or financial analyst, they shouldn’t just shrug off their aspirations because some liberal hack tells them to do it. Of course, we need to consider the source.
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 and Barack don’t exactly have a tear-jerking life story of poverty and destitution. To me, this is a typical liberal mindset. And this is just one of the more benign things to come out of this woman’s mouth. She really could cause a headache for Obama’s handlers. The gaffes and ultra-lib platitudes won’t serve his campaign well.