ALG Editor's Note: As noted from the following featured commentary from the National Review's print edition, the First Lady may have owed her salary increase her husband's ascendancy to the junior Senatorship for Illinois. It should be noted, however, that the Obama earmark was not passed by his colleagues:
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.
---The Editors of National Review, writing in the Magazine's Feb 9 edition