Michelle Obama’s Job Pink Slipped

Michelle Obama’s Job Eliminated at the Chicago Tribune acknowledges what has been common fodder for anyone with comon sense, but the moonbats have refused to acknowledge through their rose colored glasses.  Michelle Obama’s big pay hike from $121,910 in 2004 to an incredible $316,962 in 2005 at the University of Chicago Hospitals, as vice president of external affairs, after husband Barack took office as Illinois U.S. Senator, raised more than a few eyebrows.  U of C claimed Employer: Michelle Obama’s raise well-earned and within the usual range of salaries for VP’s.

“She was hired before Barack was Barack,” Riordan said. “She is worth her weight in gold, and she is just terrific.”

Hmmm.  Now there is one way of looking at it.  But not too long after, Michelle’s fine work at U of C prompted this revelation.

U. of C. shunning poor patients? at the Chicago Sun Times.

Sen. Barack Obama’s wife and three close advisers have been involved with a program at the University of Chicago Medical Center that steers patients who don’t have private insurance — primarily poor, black people — to other health care facilities.

Michelle Obama — currently on unpaid leave from her $317,000-a-year job as a vice president of the prestigious hospital — helped create the program, which aims to find neighborhood doctors for low-income people who were flooding the emergency room for basic treatment. Hospital officials say such patients hinder their ability to focus on more critically ill patients in need of specialized care, such as cancer treatment and organ transplants.

“I’ve heard complaints from a handful of constituents, but I’ve also had calls from people in the health care profession complaining,” said Ald. Toni Preckwinkle, whose 4th Ward is just north of the hospital. “The medical professionals who have come to me are accusing the university of dumping patients on its neighboring institutions. … Whether it’s being implemented in the way that’s in the best interest of the patient, I can’t tell you.”

Some fine and important work indeed.  So much that Don Rose at the Chicago Daily Observer mused accordingly.

The Tribune reports that the budget and job cuts—including 15 “senior executive” positions—will not affect medical care.

If they don’t affect medical care, why the hell were they there in the first place? Medical care is the hospital’s mission.

Among those big-money positions is one held until recently by Michelle Obama, who was paid $300,000 yearly for a Southside community outreach program—presumably a useful project. But the hospital said her role will be absorbed by a “longtime executive vice president for strategic affiliations and external affairs.”

So if that work can be folded into another guy’s, why was it separate in the first place?

A most excellent question indeed.


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