But why was she getting paid $122k by the giant hospital in the first place?
An answer may have emerged in an NYT article, "In Developerâ€™s Trial, E-Mail Note Cites an Obama Role." Like everything involving Tony Rezko and the Obamas, this article is complicated and boring. (For example, Rezko`s involvement in the Obamas` purchase of their Chicago mansion had to do with zoning details and, likely, with Michelle being on the Chicago Landmarks Commission, but don`t ask me to put together a lucid story of what exactly went down.)
What is interesting is part of this NYT sentence in reference to a 2003 email:
"The vaguely worded message also seemed to raise the possibility that Mr. Obama, who at the time was chairman of the Illinois Senateâ€™s health committee, had been involved in recommending candidates for the board."
Yes, but there`s no indication of ... Wait a minute? Did that say Mr. Obama was "chairman of the Illinois Senate`s health committee?" And this was while Mrs. Obama was being paid over $100,000 per year by one of Chicago`s three big private hospitals to do something or other?
Isn`t that a conflict of interest?
If I didn`t know that Senator Obama is a cross between Mother Theresa, Neo from "The Matrix," and Jonathan Livingston Seagull, I might almost suspect he could be a Chicago politician.