Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A woman’s touch

How wonderful it is to have a mother in the White House. Two school children. A woman who can relate to the woes of a working woman.

And Michelle Obama is just such a woman. So here she comes to help Barack sell Obamacare to the masses.

Delivered September 18th.

Gather a group of Obama supporters and hear the First Lady tell about health care reform.

Here are a couple of quotes, just so you get the flavor of it:
There's a reason why we've invited the leaders not only from family advocacy groups and health care advocacy groups, but for so many organizations that have been fighting for decades for empowerment for women. And that's because when it comes to health care, as the Secretary said, as we all know, women play a unique and increasingly significant role in our families. We know the pain, because we are usually the ones dealing with it.

I will never forget the time eight years ago when Sasha was four months that she would not stop crying. And she was not a crier, so we knew something was wrong. So we fortunately were able to take her to our pediatrician that next morning. He examined her and same (sic) something's wrong. We didn't know what….What would have happened to that beautiful little girl if we hadn't been able to get to a pediatrician who was able to get us to an emergency room?

For a moment I’d like to fantasize about a Q & A with the First Lady, one that would never take place, especially in an audience stacked with Obamacrats. But I can dream, can’t I?

Q: Mrs. Obama, did you ever work in health care?
MO: Why yes I did, at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Q: What was your job?
MO: I did community outreach, writing grants and working with the well-heeled to bring money into the hospital.
Q: How much were you paid?
MO: About a quarter of a million dollars a year; about $100K when I went part time.
Q: How did you get such a great job?
MO: I was hired by Dr. Eric Whitaker.
Q: Wasn’t he a friend of your husband while studying at Harvard?
MO: Yes.
Q: And didn’t Barack get Dr. Whitaker a job at the Illinois Health Department?
MO: Well, not exactly. Tony Rezko got Whitaker his job. My husband only gave Rezko a glowing recommendation about Dr. Whitaker.
Q: And what did Rezko give your husband?
MO: He gave us a great price on the lot next door in Chicago so we could have a larger yard.
Q: Back to your job, were you successful at your job at UC Medical Center?
MO: I think so. I was able to secure a $1 MILLION federal gift for construction.
Q: And who authored the earmark for that $1 MILLION grant?
MO: A Senator from Illinois.
Q: Durbin or Burris?
MO: Neither. It was Senator Obama.
Q: Oh. Do you ever see Dr. Whitaker now?
MO: Why yes. We spent some time with him up at Martha’s Vineyard just a week or two ago and we’re having dinner with him at Valerie Jarrett’s this weekend.
Q: What impact do you think salaries of $316,000 a year for grant writing have on health care costs?
MO: Gee, look at the time. I must be going. You’ve been wonderful. Goodbye.

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