What About Michelle's Career?

Women debate high-powered exec's switch to 'mom-in-chief'
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Nov 24, 2008 6:33 AM CST
Michelle Obama has given up her $300,000 annual salary as a vice president of a Chicago hospital to focus on her family at the White House, sparking debate about the role of modern first ladies.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)
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(Newser) – What will Michelle Obama’s stint as first lady mean for her own high-powered career? Political wives, policy experts, and pundits are all weighing in, reports the New York Times. Cherie Blair tells Michelle to get used to the back seat, while more optimistic observers insist that Obama’s tour at the White House is “almost an investment” in her professional life after Pennsylvania Avenue.

“Let’s face it, when she leaves the White House, she’s going to be made a partner at any law firm in the country. In this situation, every year in for Michelle Obama is another $100,000,” says one expert. Michelle Obama follows Hillary Clinton as only the second first lady to have had an active career in her recent past.