Posted by: Ann Corcoran | April 16, 2012

Obama: “we didn’t have the luxury for her not to work”

That is what President Obama said last week in the wake of the Hillary Rosen imbroglio.  I know it’s a little thing (just a little lie) and I hate to fall for the diversion bait from the Left, but I can’t let it go.

Here is Erika Johnsen writing at Hot Air if you don’t remember the circumstances in which Obama made that ridiculous remark.

Johnsen quotes CNS News:

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.

But, Michele Obama’s desire for big bucks began before the girls were born.  Christopher Anderson addresses the subject thoroughly in “Barack and Michelle—Portrait of an American Marriage.”   And, for the record, I don’t care what choices women make for themselves regarding career and family, but at least be decent enough to tell the truth about the choice.  Michelle chose to work and pay for childcare and later for a housekeeper.  Other women made other choices.

Anderson tells us throughout his book that Michelle was never happy with politics.  At the time of Malia’s birth in 1998, Michelle was in the most serious funk of their marriage to date as Barack was off in Springfield in the state legislature and, as she saw it, wasting his time.  Anderson writes that she considered it a “costly waste of time.”    He quotes Dan Shomon (one of Barack’s political advisers):  “She still didn’t really understand why he was not at a law firm, where he could be making seven hundred thousand or eight hundred thousand a year or a million or two…..”

Michelle wanted the finer things (remember that $300 handbag in high school) and living on the income Barack brought in at that time was not enough.  In fact together they were making over $250,000 a year at that point.   Abner Mikva says they (with the combined salary of $250,000!) “were poor as church mice, and she was one very unhappy mouse.”  I guess it all depends on how one defines the word “poor.”

Michelle continued to work.  She left infant Malia with a baby sitter and came home at night during those Springfield years as one unhappy mama who had to care for her baby alone four nights a week.

So Michelle was being the modern feminist: working and paying for someone else to be with the babies.  That is the choice the Obamas made.  They should just own up to it and stop denigrating other women for making other choices, or worse, pretending that they struggled and that Michelle didn’t have the “luxury” of staying home with the babies.


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