Friday, March 14, 2008

This Change Smells Like Business as Usual

A political gamble that seems to have paid off huge for the University of Chicago Hospital is a large raise given to its vice president of community affairs.

The vice president was hired at an annual salary of $121,910 in 2004, but was given a promotion and raise to $316,962 in 2005.

So, how did the gamble pay off?

It seems the vice president for community and external affairs is one Michelle Obama who was hired by the hospital while her husband still languished in state politics and before he ever entered the US Senate. However, shortly after Barack Obama was elected to the US Senate, his wife Michelle received that rather startling $195,052 raise.

The payoff comes in when her newly crowned husband requested an earmark for the University of Chicago toward constructing a new hospital pavilion. The earmark requested was for a cool $1,000,000.

Rather than change in federal government, this sounds more like business as usual.

h/t Conservative Grapevine

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