Michelle Obama: ‘Prepare to earn less’

“We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do” – Michelle Obama

GLENN: Here’s the thing. I could have a big old sloppy drink right now just reading the newspaper and, you know, while I watch someone from the wetlands commission tell me how to plant a frickin’ carrot. And then I open up the newspaper and I read about Michelle Obama, how she’s drawing the crowds. She gave another inspirational message of change and hope that I don’t know if you heard in Zanesville, Ohio. You know, they could use some hope there in Ohio. You know, they’re struggling. Average median household income 2004, $37,000. That’s below Ohio and the national averages. 20% of the people there don’t have a high school degree. What does she go, she goes and tells the people in Zanesville, Ohio, you know, the people who are living the this kind of life, the ones who have been living with low incomes the past few years, what message of change and hope does this woman bring? Quote: Don’t go into corporate America. She said, we need people to go into the helping industry but if you do go into in direction, as we’re encouraging young people to do, your salaries will respond. So she’s telling struggling people, quit pursuing higher paying jobs and stay poor. She said, do what Barack and I did. We quit the money-making industry and went into public service. You have got to be kidding me. She goes on to claim the only reason they were able to escape the money trouble was because Barack wrote to best selling books. Really? Is that what it is? It wasn’t the Princeton or Harvard education. It was that he wrote a couple of books. Really? She said it was like Jack and the Magic Beans. Once again, this is the prime example of a liberal who has made it and tossing their own success story aside as a fluke, sending the message loud and clear, you can’t make it, I did but not because of a Princeton or Harvard education but because, you know, he wrote a book. Even if you do make it, she argues that the cost of college and education is so high that you’ll be paying it off forever. Basically it’s just not worth it. She says, I’m in my 40s and we’re just paying off our student loans. You went to Harvard and Princeton. "We left corporate America and that’s what we’re asking you to do." Oh, good, good, leave corporate America, good. What she conveniently leaves out is, you know, is that she made up quite well in the helping industry as she likes to call it. She was the vice president of community affairs for a hospital in Chicago. She was making $121,900 in 2004. So that’s a lot different than the $37,000 that, you know, people in Zanesville are making. About $121,900 in 2004. And then there was this weird coincidence. Her husband was elected senator of Illinois and her salary mysteriously jumped to $316,962 the very next year. That’s weird how that happened, huh? That’s crazy. But it’s a good thing that she’s helping and left corporate America. Community affairs industry, wow, that seems to be booming and quite lucrative, too. Not quite the sacrifice she might have left the audience with.

Oh, by the way, and the salary doesn’t include corporate boards she still served on. So I’m just trying to figure this out. She wants us to leave corporate America, yet you can still serve on corporate boards. Now, you combine that with the salary of a United States senator and I would say that Obama’s — you know, I think they’re doing pretty well for themselves. I don’t think they’re in need of Jack and his Magic Beans.

Now, let me ask you this question. Is this really the message of hope and change? Really? We made it but it was complete luck. You are going to be riddled with debt. So just do a job that helps people. Don’t worry about the sacrifices you’re going to have to make. How does she get away with telling a — how does anyone stand in that building and not walk out? How does she tell a crowd of people who are making an average of $37,000 a year — that’s a household income — to prepare themselves to serve the common — for the common good and make even less money. You want a message of change? You want a message of hope? Here’s one. How about telling people you can be whatever you want to be! How about telling people that if you do your best, you can make it. How about telling people you’re going to do your best to make sure that the system is set up for them to pursue their dreams, whatever their dream may be, we’re going to clear a path for ya. We’re going to get all of — we’re going to let you plant carrots in your backyard if you want to! You want a message of hope and change? How about you’re able to stop being ashamed of the fact that you were able to live the American dream. How about a message of hope that uses your own life as a blueprint for others to follow? We were disadvantaged. We had troubles. Barack’s father wasn’t in his life. He struggled because he wasn’t a part of either race. He was white and he was black. He struggled and he made it and he’s running for President of the United States. Never give up!" How about that message of hope and change. And let me ask you another question. What’s wrong with being an executive? They are making it possible for millions of people to have jobs. What’s wrong with being a lawyer? They often help people who are in need. Of course, they suck a lot of the times as well, but so does every profession. What’s wrong with being a vice president of community affairs at a hospital making $391,000 a year? Nothing is wrong with that. What’s wrong is telling Americans that they can’t make it, that they have to settle for something other than what their hopes and dreams are, that they have to settle for something that they don’t want to do. They have to do something that’s good for the people.

Let me ask you this. What if Jon Huntsman, I told you about this guy. Guy who grew up literally in a house with cardboard walls, now one of the richest people in the world. What if Jon Huntsman never went into the corporate world? What if he never created the plastic fork and spoon? What if he never created, oh, those evil styrofoam containers for McDonald’s. I’m sure the thousands of cancer patients at the Huntsman Cancer Institute wouldn’t want to go back into history and change that career choice. I bet you there’s nobody who is sick with cancer and currently being cure in his cancer institute would say, yeah, I wish he would have done something for the common good. He is doing something good for the common good! He’s just used his wealth to get there, wealth that he created, wealth that was not handed to him on a plate. You know what, Michelle? I know you are not proud of this country. I know you are not proud of the opportunities that we have in this country but I am. I am. I’ve seen ordinary Americans give selflessly of themselves, whether they’re doctors, they’re lawyers, they’re hedge fund managers, truckdrivers, wives of presidential candidates. What you don’t understand, Michelle, is that we are already a helping nation. We just don’t believe the bureaucrats in Washington know how to help. I believe my neighbors know how to help. I believe I know how to help. I believe Americans know how to help. We don’t need to leave our evil corporate jobs to help. In fact, since you obviously don’t know this, Michelle Obama, let me explain. We are the best in the world at helping others. Which country donated the most money, civilian donations, to tsunami victims? Which nation was it? What country had its citizens standing in line to give blood even though there was no use for blood on 9/11? What country has an endless amount of church groups and mission trips helping others all around the world for clean water? What country do you think has the longest list of thank you cards received from any other country from saving them from an evil dictator or genocidal maniac? What country has made the most military sacrifice in the name of helping others than anyone else in history? What country has freed more people than any other country in the history of mankind? What country has consistently been the brightest beacon of hope since it began back in 1776? Hope and change isn’t something that’s unique, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. It’s not unique. It’s what this country was founded on. The United States of America and the citizens that make it up. It’s nothing. The government is nothing without the citizens that make it up. We have been providing hope and change to the rest of the world for quite some time now and maybe you should shut the pie hole for a few minutes and read some history. Or maybe you should just take four years off and sit back and watch it as it happens. Perhaps you discover the same thing the rest of Americans already discovered, that despite our problems, despite our mistakes, despite all the things that we have done wrong in the past, we’re the greatest country in the history of this planet. That’s not jingoistic to say it. It’s just the truth. If you did that, if you just took some time and read just history, just read the history prior to the Progressives taking over, read the founding fathers and their words. Read about the American Revolution. Read about the average person, the average person that walked without shoes, without any clothing, that were naked, that stayed in the winters. Read about those people. Maybe if you did that, you would stop saying stupid things like "Leave corporate America." Maybe you would understand that hope and change isn’t coming from the government. It comes from within the individual, that the power is not in Washington. That’s a lie. That’s a lie that gives people like you and your husband power. It’s a lie that gives people like John McCain power and Hillary Clinton power and George W. Bush power. Lies don’t give power for long. Truth is the source of all ultimate power and the truth is God gives people rights, liberty and power and we lend them do people like you. If you’re worthy, if we see that you’re somebody that sees America in the same way we do, if you see America as a place where people can follow their own unique dream, they can follow it, they can follow it and they can serve other people or they can follow it and they can destroy themselves. That’s what makes America great. That’s why we’re proud. That’s why millions of people come here. That’s why people crawl here. That’s why people make rafts to float here. That’s why people give up their life in pursuit of coming here because it is the land of opportunity, not the land of perfect government, not the land that never made any mistakes but the land of opportunity, to pull yourself up by the bootstraps, sitting in your multimillion dollar mansion, you of all people should realize that. But you don’t and sadly you probably never will.