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.

William "Bill" Kelly is 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus -- and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people, it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you, and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through okay. We [American's] have been through a lot. We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the Great Depression, and who knows what else. We're tough. We'll get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just -- it's in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people. We take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There are people that don't think we are those people anymore. That it was the greatest generation -- your generation -- that did it, but now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that? Glenn asked.

"No," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor -- sneak attack, you know -- it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 950,638 (up from 872,891 Yesterday)
  • Total Deaths Worldwide: 48,289 (up from 43,271 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 202,631 (up from 184,588 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 215,344 Confirmed Cases and 5,112 Deaths, up from 188,592 cases and 4,056 deaths yesterday
  • COVID-19 is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind Heart Disease and Cancer (based on daily fatalities per 1,000 people)
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 115,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 13,155 officially dead)
  • US is 25th in Total Confirmed Cases per 1 Million Population, with 651 cases per 1 Million people. Spain has 2,583 Cases per 1 Million people.
  • US is 23rd in Total Confirmed Dead per 1 Million Population, with 15 Dead per 1 Million citizens. Italy has 218 Dead per 1 Million.
  • US has 5,112 Dead vs 8,878 Recovered and 5,075 in Critical Condition
  • The US currently has 201,354 Active Cases of COVID-19, with still less than 1% of the total US population tested.
  • 17% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
COVID-19 Now Killing Victims Who Don't Have COVID-19 https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-nyc-emts-stop-taking-cardiac-arrest-patients-to-hospitals/
  • EMTs in New York have been given a directive not to transport heart-attack victims to hospitals if they cannot be revived at the scene.
  • Prior cardiac arrest victims would have been transported to hospitals for further life-saving procedures, but with hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, heart attack victims are solely in the hands of local EMTs. If EMTs cannot restore a pulse at the scene, victims are to be left there to die.
  • "Artificial ventilation and/or compressions must not be delayed," the memo states, adding that chest "compressions must begin as soon as it is determined the patient does not have a pulse."
  • But the guidelines change if the patient cannot be revived before arriving at a hospital.
  • "In the event a resuscitation is terminated, and the body is in public view, the body can be left in the custody of the NYPD."
China Lied, People Died Trending on Social Media https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-01/china-concealed-extent-of-virus-outbreak-u-s-intelligence-says
  • US Intelligence Services has concluded what the Internet has known since January: The Chinese Communist Party lied about total infected and total deaths due to Coronavirus.
  • Citing a report provided to the White House last week, officials confirmed that US Intelligence concludes 'gross' underreporting of total cases and total deaths, especially from Hubei Province.
  • Many have speculated that numbers coming out of China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and other totalitarian countries have been dramatically underreported, by as much as a factor of 10 according to official British Intelligence reports.
  • The early misrepresentation of data by the CCP may have lead some Western Politicians and epidemiologists to underestimate the seriousness of COVID-19 and delayed response in Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.
  • Though why anybody would have believed anything the Chinese Communist Party had to say remains an open question...
Italy's Death Toll Far Higher Than Reported https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/italys-coronavirus-death-toll-is-far-higher-than-reported/ar-BB122vvc
  • In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March. None of the 24 people who died there were tested for the new coronavirus. Nor were the 38 people who died in another nursing home in the nearby town of Lodi.
  • These aren't isolated incidents. Italy's official death toll from the virus stands at 13,155, the most of any country in the world. But that number tells only part of the story because many people who die from the virus don't make it to the hospital and are never tested, therefore they aren't included in official numbers.
  • "They were all sick, they all had flu-like symptoms and difficulty breathing," stated a nurse from one of the nursing homes. "We had no ambulance to get them to Milan."
  • In the areas worst hit by the pandemic, Italy is undercounting thousands of deaths caused by the virus, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows, indicating that the pandemic's human toll may end up being much greater, and infections far more widespread, than official data indicate.
  • As stretched and sometimes overwhelmed hospitals fight to save their patients, many other people die unseen and uncounted, including elderly people in out-of-the-way locations.
  • In addition, the health-care crisis can lead to a surge of deaths from other causes that would normally be treatable.
  • "There are many more dead from the virus than are officially declared... People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited," Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, says of deaths caused by the virus.
More Numbers Hard to Trust as Bodies Left On The Streets in Ecuador https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3078077/coronavirus-bodies-are-being-left-streets-ecuador
  • Coronavirus: bodies are being left on the streets in Ecuador.
  • 'They fall in front of hospitals or in back street alleys, or in small villages…no one wants to recover them,' says the mayor of Ecuador's largest city.
  • The army is placing unclaimed bodies in refrigerated cargo containers at the port while authorities pursue plans for a new cemetery.
  • The corpses have been overwhelming Guayaquil, a port city of 2.8 million at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador.
  • Over the last few days, several were wrapped in plastic and left on the streets. Others have lain unclaimed in hospitals and clinics that have been overwhelmed by infections. The city morgue is full.
  • The majority of the dead are believed to be victims of the virus, but nobody can say for sure how many. There has been little testing.
  • The country has confirmed 2,700 infections and 93 deaths - 60 of them in Guayaquil and its immediate surroundings. But municipal officials there said they have recovered at least 400 bodies in the last 3 days.
  • Mayor Cynthia Viteri, who announced that she has also tested positive for the virus, said the national government should be responsible for collecting the corpses.
  • "They're leaving them in the villages, they are stacked in front of hospitals," she said in a Twitter video message to residents late last week.
  • Many local villages in Ecuador are simply burying the dead in unmarked graves, which will make official counting of COVID-19 victims impossible in the weeks ahead.
50% of Viral Spread Comes from People With No Symptoms https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/health/us-coronavirus-updates-wednesday/index.html
  • Researchers in Iceland have confirmed earlier reports from Hong Kong that a significant amount of viral spread is caused by carriers who have no symptoms.
  • In the US, Doctors at the CDC have confirmed asymptomatic spread, but estimate a number of about 25%.
  • If true, then the case for all persons to wear masks, even those who don't have symptoms, becomes much stronger.
  • To prevent further spread, the top infectious disease expert in the US says health officials are reconsidering guidance on face masks.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would "lean towards" recommending that the general public wear face masks "if we do not have the problem of taking away masks from the health care workers who need them. The public can stay home to avoid infection, but health care workers cannot," he said.
  • "We're not there yet, but I think we're close to coming to some determination," Fauci said.
Ship vs Train... Ship Wins https://abc7.com/usns-mercy-coronavirus-train-crash-derailment/6069395/
  • A Locomotive Engineer in Los Angeles has been charged with 1 Count of "Train Wrecking", a Class A Felony under Federal Law, after purposely derailing his freight train while attempting to sink the US Hospital ship Mercy.
  • Eduardo Moreno, 44, intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
  • Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally but said he did not plan it out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.
  • He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included "You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don't know what's going on here. Now they will."
  • Officials say video from inside the train's cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.
Biggest Issue With COVID-19 in Malaysia: Nagging Wives https://www.npr.org/2020/04/01/825051317/dont-nag-your-husband-during-lock-down-malaysias-government-advises-women
  • Malaysia has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with more than 2,900 and counting.
  • This week, Malaysia's government also had a serious public relations issue after an ill-conceived plan went online.
  • Malaysia's Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development issued a series of online posters on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19. It advised the nation's women to help with the country's partial lockdown by not nagging their husbands.
  • The ministry also advised women to refrain from being "sarcastic" if they asked for help with household chores.
  • Additionally, the Ministry urged women working from home to dress up and wear makeup.
  • After some negative response on social media, the public service messages have been removed from the Ministry's Facebook page.

MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell was lambasted by the left and mainstream media after he announced at a White House press briefing on Monday that his company will start making tens of thousands of masks to fight against the spread of coronavirus. Lindell also thanked God for President Donald Trump and encouraged Americans to turn back to God in this time of crisis.

Read the details here.

Whether it was his support for President Trump or strong religious beliefs, no one has lit up the media quite like Mike Lindell. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to talk about the president, the 'horrible, crazy media' and how he's not afraid to keep speaking out about his faith.

"I think people are going to quit being brainwashed by this horrible, crazy media -- they know who they are -- and the public is going to see the amazing job that our president is doing," Lindell said. "I've done interview after interview today. I'm taking all the bad ones on -- I think I'm going on 'The View' tomorrow I love it. I want to go right into the hurricane. Finally, I get to speak out for Jesus like I want to."

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News broke that German Finance Minister Thomas Schaefer reportedly committed suicide on Saturday due to the stress from the economic climate during the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, this headline may become more common place. Concerns are far beyond those of just hand washing, finding toilet paper and the latest White House briefings. There may be a secondary crisis growing — mental health and suicide.

Messages fill my inbox daily from parents worried about their teens showing signs of risk of suicidal ideation. Spouses concerned about the toil recent layoffs will have on their partners. Elderly family members are also vulnerable.

Last week, news a father of three dying by suicide made me want to scream to the world – "LISTEN!" We are losing too many of our human family. And I am afraid with COVID-19 on the scene, we are going to lose more than ever.

During the past six years — following the suicide of my 40-year-old sister — my mission has been to bring awareness and help prevent suicide. Everyone is exposed to suicide. You either struggle with depression/anxiety, you love someone that struggles, or like me, you have already lost someone to suicide. That is literally everyone on the planet. Bigger numbers than even the virus.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

So, pile on the constant stream of news, stats about COVID-19 deaths and a lock down on social distancing, even the most emotionally skilled individual may be drowning in vulnerability and at risk.

What can be done?

Social distancing, not isolation

Even though we are standing 6ft apart in the grocery stores, and no longer going to church together, humans need connection to survive.

Free communication apps like Marco Polo are a great way to not hide behind a text. Whether it is on video chat or old fashion letter writing, making connection a priority is crucial for our survival.

Emotional check-in

The new normal seems to be changing by the hour. It is hard to keep up, recalibrating with all the change. Just like the importance of taking temperature to check for virus symptoms, we need to monitor our emotional temp. Try the one word check-in, at dinner time, simply by asking, "How am I feeling today?" It can be a great barometer.

Naming our feelings keep them tamed.

It's Ok to not be Ok

It is crucial to our survival to frame this crisis with a mental health back drop. Suicide, depression and anxiety concerns should be at the top of the STAY HOME and STAY SAFE list. If you find yourself feeling helpless or having thoughts of self-harm, please reach out for additional support. Therapists are using online formats to serve their clients. Call your doctor or one of the many 1-800 numbers.

No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family.

If you are reading this and struggling. Please remember, we will never be better without you. No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family. We will make it thru this COVID-19 crisis stronger and closer than before. No longer will we take hugging our neighbor for granted.

And maybe, just maybe we will someday find the vaccine that stops suicide virus from spreading.

Ganel-Lyn is a public speaker, media personality & author