Thursday, April 12, 2012

We Didn't Have the Luxury for Her Not to Work

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Speaking Friday at what the administration called “The White House Forum on Women and the Economy,” President Barack Obama said that after his two daughters were born, he and his wife—both Harvard Law School graduates—could not afford the “luxury” of having her stay home with the children.

In 2005, when Obama began serving in the U.S. Senate (and his daughters turned 4 and 7), he and his wife were earning a combined annual income of $479,062. Barack Obama was paid a salary of $162,100 by the U.S. taxpayers, and Michelle Obama was paid $316,962 to handle community affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Oh yeah, I can see not being able to scrape by on $162k/year. You'd have to eat at home some nights and maybe even let the housekeeper go.

So poor Michelle had to work. The good news? It was a Chicago no-show job created to give the hospital a friend in government. The job wasn't even important enough to continue existence once the Obamas moved on.