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Some employees are simply irreplaceable.
Take Michelle Obama, for example. 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 U.S. senator. Oh, did we mention that he had just become a U.S. 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?
Source: New York Post, January 24, 2009, Page 17; reprinted from National Review, Feb. 9, 2009, Page 6.