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Michelle Obama’s $63,000 No Show Job

First this report from her fans at the Associated Press:

Obamas report $2.7 million in income for 2008

By Sharon Theimer, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, millionaires from his best-selling books, made $2.7 million last year and paid just under one-third of their adjusted income in federal taxes. While the income, mostly his, was far more than the U.S. median household income of about $50,000, it was quite a decrease from the $4.2 million the Obamas made in 2007.

Both years, nearly all of the earnings came from Obama’s best-selling books. "Dreams from My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope" — brought in about $2.5 million in royalties last year, according to copies of the returns released by the White House on Wednesday, the federal filing deadline.

Obama earned $139,204 as a Democratic senator from Illinois last year before leaving his seat after winning the November election. Michelle Obama received a salary of $62,709 from the University of Chicago Hospitals, where she was an executive.

The couple’s total federal tax came to $855,323. That was 32 percent of their adjusted gross income of $2,656,902.

The Obamas overpaid by $26,014, and elected to apply that amount to their 2009 taxes.

The couple’s federal tax deductions included about $50,000 in home mortgage interest.

They reported contributing $172,050 to charity last year, including $25,000 each to the CARE international relief agency and the United Negro College Fund. That $172,050 represented about 6.5 percent of the family’s adjusted gross income. That percentage is roughly two to three times the national average for household donations to charity, according to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

The Obamas gave a total of $1,400 to five churches. In contrast to 2007, they gave nothing to the Trinity United Church of Christ. Barack Obama was a longtime member of the church, and gave it $26,270 in 2007, but resigned from it and cut ties with its pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, after Wright made incendiary comments that became a campaign issue.

The Obamas’ total Illinois income tax was $78,765, their state return showed.

The White House also released Vice President Joe Biden’s tax returns. Biden and his wife, Jill, earned $269,256 last year.

The Bidens’ main sources of income were salaries from the Senate, Widener University, Delaware Technical & Community College and royalties from the audio rights to the vice president’s memoir, "Promises to Keep."

According to tax returns released by the vice president’s office, the Bidens paid $46,952 in federal income taxes and $11,164 in Delaware state income taxes. They donated $1,885 to charity.

Biden served in the Senate from 1973 until Jan. 15 of this year.

But as we noted at the time, the May 11, 2007 edition of the Washington Post breathlessly reported:

Michelle Obama’s Career Timeout

For Now, Weight Shifts in Work-Family Tug of War

By Anne E. Kornblut

Friday, May 11, 2007; Page A01

CHICAGO — For the first time in her adult life, Michelle Obama is about to be unemployed.

She never aspired to be a stay-at-home wife or mother. For years she wrestled with the issues that many professional women with families face, chiefly whether to quit her job. Now, that is what Obama, 43, has decided to do. And though she will hardly be homebound, she admits to being conflicted.

Since having her first child, Obama has struggled to decide work’s role in her life.

“It is very odd,” she said of the prospect of interrupting her career, during one of her first one-on-one interviews since her husband, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), announced he is running for president.

“Every other month [since] I’ve had children I’ve struggled with the notion of ‘Am I being a good parent? Can I stay home? Should I stay home? How do I balance it all?’ ” she said. “I have gone back and forth every year about whether I should work.”

When she finally winds down her duties as vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals in the days ahead (she was promoted to the position soon after her husband joined the Senate), she said, it “will be the first time that I haven’t gotten up and gone to a job.” …

If Mrs. Obama did quit her (sinecure at the University Of Chicago Hospitals in May 2007, how was it that she got $62,709 from the University Of Chicago Hospitals for her work as a chief executive?

Furthermore, as we have noted before, Mrs. Obama’s position was so vitally important to the University Of Chicago Hospital that once she left it – it was done away with.

From the University Of Chicago’s News Office:

Michelle Obama Resigns Position at University of Chicago Medical Center

January 9, 2009

Michelle Obama has resigned her leadership post at the University of Chicago Medical Center as she prepares to take on her new role at the White House as First Lady.

During the presidential campaign, she had been on leave as Vice President for Community and External Affairs at the Medical Center

In light of her departure, Madara announced that the Medical Center’s Office of Community and External Affairs has been reorganized under the leadership of Dr. Eric Whitaker, Executive Vice President for Strategic Affiliations and Associate Dean for Community Based Research.

Madara said the move would enhance support for the Urban Health Initiative, an ambitious effort to reshape health care on Chicago’s South Side.

Leif Elsmo will continue his role as Executive Director of the Office of Community Affairs, reporting to Whitaker, and coordinating all aspects of the office’s functions

So, officially, Mrs. Obama was on a ‘leave of absence’ since May 2007. (She didn’t quit, as the Post article had suggested, lest she not have a job if Mr. Obama lost the election.)

Still, we know this is Chicago, but isn’t $63,000 quite a lot for a no-show job?

And isn’t this exactly the kind of executive corruption that Mr. Obama rails against?

Of course, when you think about it, Mr. Obama was paid for a no-show job as well, when he collected his Senate pay. And Mr. Biden, too.

But we have come to expect as much from our public servants.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

22 Responses to “Michelle Obama’s $63,000 No Show Job”

  1. catie says:

    They still give less as a percentage than most Conservatives who generally give between 10-15%. This year we gave 17% but you know the libs would say we need to give more because our dollar contributions aren’t as much as the Obummers. This stupid study from IU is telling. We all know that generally libs give nothing at all or very little. It’s funny, my brother the attorney who makes some years into the seven figures gives nothing. In fact I’m still waiting for my $12.50 that I sent to my high school for a brick in the Grotto of my Catholic high school in honor of my parents. When they put this thing up in 1996, I was in grad school and $25 was a lot to pay. Enter Timmy who said he’d send me half of it since I put both our names and years on the brick along with my parent’s names.
    And I would love to get paid for a J O B I didn’t show up to. Nice work if you can get it.

    • Odie44 says:

      catie –

      As to your brother – simply calculate the $12.50, with interest, compounded over the past 13 years. Add in your hourly rate – lawyers get that kind of stuff ;0

      Or just get him really crappy, tacky gifts and let him know “if I had $12.50 more, I could have gotten you…”

  2. Odie44 says:

    Perhaps someone can bring this up during the next socialist tenant – Nationalized Health Care.

    I want Bambi to explain how his wife getting $65k a year, when not even showing up – is a priority, over actually using the money for…. healthcare. Never mind the previous theft of a salary for several years, oddly enough in line with Bambi’s paygrade and “ok”, of course lets forget the “ridiculous executive payouts”; but come one – this is easy stuff to go after.

    • wardmama4 says:

      You went to where I was going – perhaps Government greed on useless (it wasn’t renewed after Ms O left), wasteful (imagine how much healthcare that place could offer for $62K), and tax payer funded that is causing most of the problems that this Generational Theft Act is just going to exponentially make it worse.

      Right now – I’d give my arm for a $10K a year job – anything but then I don’t fit all the criteria for those helped by government. It really isn’t what you know, it is who you know.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Someone tell me this doesn’t smack of the past Clinton years.
    A $10,000.00 investment in the cattle market by Hildabeast turns into $100,000.00 in a few months.
    I call this, “Ear Candy”.

    If this was any normal, everyday American………..they’d be strung up and queried stringently…..endlessly!!!
    Why………….the two standards?
    This is the guano that is pissing of the average taxpayer!!
    WAKE UP ASHOLES!! AMERICANS are wearing thin of this!!

  4. JohnMG says:

    I’d hate to think the only reason Obama ran for president was to boost his book sales. This whole piece is a white-wash (sorry, nobody black-washes anything) job for a couple of privileged brats.

    I’m taking up a collection so we can have the AP’s lips surgically removed from the “chosen one’s” ass.

    • heykev says:

      It will cost a fortune since you will have to remove Rutger’s, NY Times’, MSNBC’s, CNN’s, CBS’s, ABC’s, Tribune Companies, etc lips all at the same time. It would be one of those huge undertakings like separating conjoined twins.

  5. Confucius says:

    According to this story, the Bidens gave less than 1% to charity. Talk about cheap.

    Oh wait, I can. In 2007, New York Governor David Patterson donated $150 on income totaling $269,815. That’s less than 0.06%.

    In contrast, Bush gave 18% and Cheney 75% in 2007.

    • JohnMG says:

      It’s all ‘bling’ with that bunch. They even had to get a (black) dog with kinky-curly hair. Everything they do is to calculated to be “in your face”. Remember, “I won” is the way his mind works!

    • catie says:

      Confucius, the Biden’s claim to be Catholics. On the back of my envelopes at my Catholic church they show the amount you should be giving (5 or 10%) based on how much you make per week from $100-$4200. The Biden’s should follow that lead but maybe they have a child that may need rehab soon so perhaps they’re saving their money. Mean I know.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Do you have any idea how much hair plugs cost?!?! There’s nothing left over for charity…

  6. ptat says:

    Hey, I haven’t shown up for work in months now and I STILL haven’t gotten a paycheck! What is WRONG with this government?!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Barry had a job for 2 yrs. in the senate, got paid for it and never showed up.
      It’s a family affair.

  7. nana1 says:

    I’d like to know how they can deduct 50,000 in home mortage interest when their house is not even in their name. From what I’ve read, it is in some kind of trust or something like that.

  8. nana1 says:

    I’d like to know how they can deduct 50,000 in home mortage interest when their house is not even in their name. From what I’ve read, it belongs to a trust or something like that.

  9. Grzegorz says:


  10. amber says:

    What? My family gave more to charity than the Obamas and in 2007 we gave way more percentage wise. The more I hear about him, the more I hate him and the wonderful (there are some pretty wonderful people, seriously) people who voted for him.

  11. Al Morone says:

    Both BO and Michelle have benefited all their lives from Affirmative Action. It must be great to be black in the U.S.A.!

  12. Colonel1961 says:

    I hate to break it to you, but she was paid $273,618 by the Univ. of Chicago Hospitals back in 2006 – I have a .pdf of their return. The ~$65k figure must be for a partial year, or perhaps her salary was reduced one the inevitable was, er, uh, inevitable. Also, the university failed to fill that position after she resigned. Apparently, it was – for some reason – no longer necessary. Hmm.

  13. jrmcdonald says:

    Another Guy with an unemployed Wife living in Goverment housing.

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