Monday, May 4, 2009

Just what does a $540 pair of sneakers look like?

Just ask Michelle Obama. Don't get me wrong. If you've earned the money and you can afford it, then by all means, buy and wear all the $540 pairs of sneakers your little heart desires. But it seems a bit hypocritical to me to be going around the country telling young people not to get into money making careers so that they too can afford a pair of sneakers that cost $540. And isn't it also a bit hypocritical to be telling today's young people to forsake high-paying careers when your earning a salary of $316,000 a year (almost twice your husband's Senate pay) at a hospital that seems to be rather closely linked to your husband.

UPDATE: OH MY GOSH! Even CBS News found this offensive!


Flavor Country said...

She never told the children not to be successful, but rather choose a career that gives back to the community and makes you successful at the same time.

A teacher can become a principal, then a superintendent, city council etc....

When Dems criticized Mccain and his wife for their seven homes, Republicans said they were attacking capitalism, now a pair of shoes has them all pointing fingers.

Anonymous said...

Stormin' --

Mrs. Obama regularly wears J. Crew.
Let her wear the $540 sneakers for an hour.


stormin said...

@ Flavor C ... just how many jobs that "give back to the community" (i.e. volunteerism) do you know of that allow you to earn over $300k or even enough to buy a $540 pair of sneakers? like i said in my post, if she earns that kind of money and can afford those kind of shoes then more power to her (same to McCain and his wife). but don't try to discourage others from getting into the same kind of careers and making the same kind of money that you did. this is a free country and we should still be allowed to make our own choices. Here is Michelle's exact quote: “Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and we’re encouraging our young people to do that."

@ Bobby ... she can wear them all day for all i care. just don't criticize me for making the same kind of money she makes in order to afford them.

Flavor Country said...

I wouldn't say she was discouraging but trying to shine a light on jobs people normally would not look at as glamorous but in the long run will shape our country's direction.

Ultimately people will choose their own careers and won't be influenced by what a total stranger tells them.

We need to stop hanging on one line quotes and look at what people do as a whole. We know she was not telling people not to be as successful as she is. She could have worded it differently, but we all know what she meant.

stormin said...

@ Flavor C ... OK, let's take a close look at this. "Don't go into corporate America". Now how can you claim that that is not "discouraging" somebody's career path. then she gets very specific about the kind of careers that she feels the youth of today should get into: "TEACHERS", "WORK FOR THE COMMUNITY", "SOCIAL WORKERS", and "NURSES". your right, maybe she didn't word it better and intended somethig entirely different, but i was raised to take people at their word and mean what you say.