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Is This News?: Chicago Tribune Receives Criticism for Reporting Income of Chicagoans on Obama’s Senior Staff April 9, 2009

Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (left) and Obama advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod are like many of Obama's aides -- millionaires -- according to financial disclosures. (Tribune photo by Nancy Stone / March 24, 2009)

Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (left) and Obama advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod are like many of Obama's aides -- millionaires -- according to financial disclosures. (Tribune photo by Nancy Stone / March 24, 2009)

Well, well, well now what have we here? It seems the recently bankrupt Chicago Tribune is not only having problems of the financial sort. Today they published a story entitled “White House wealth: President Barack Obama’s team virtually all Chicago millionaires” which explains that members of the Obama staff aren’t necessarily your average Joe the Plumber. The story does not surprise me at all nor does the reaction of the liberal Obamabots to the story. The average commenter was upset at the Tribune for publishing the report and said that it was “Not News. This is purely more protection of the “Anointed One’s” image as being just like you and me.

First read the story from the Chicago Tribune

By John McCormick | Tribune reporter
April 9, 2009
THE WEST WING’S WEALTHY CHICAGOANS
White House wealth: President Barack Obama’s team virtually all Chicago millionaires
New disclosure reports show that many in Barack Obama’s inner circle have more than just a city in common
By John McCormick | Tribune reporter
April 9, 2009

Millionaires in the White House

When President Barack Obama moved into the White House earlier this year, he took several of his fellow Chicago millionaires with him.

Newly released disclosure reports show virtually all of the top Chicagoans serving in the West Wing had assets valued at a million dollars or more at the end of 2008…Some of the wealth can be attributed to the fact that the top staff members surrounding Obama — such as Chicagoans Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett — are from a big city where salaries tend to be higher.

Obama’s personal wealth soared in the past decade. His annual household income fluctuated in the range of about $250,000 during the first half of this decade, before his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004 and millions in book royalties and advances that started rolling in during 2005. Leading the Chicago pack in investment portfolio size is Emanuel. The White House chief of staff reported 2008 investment income of at least $168,107 on a portfolio worth between $4.5 million and $11 million.

White House social secretary Desiree Rogers, a longtime Obama family friend from Chicago, reported $1.8 million in salary from Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, where she left as president during the middle of 2008.

Rogers also earned $350,000 in salary in 2008 from Allstate Insurance Co., where she was working on a financial social networking program before leaving for Washington. Her service on two corporate boards, Equity Residential and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, netted her another $170,000. She listed stocks, mutual funds and other investments worth at least $2.1 million.
Rogers was once married to millionaire and Chicago financier John Rogers, the head of Ariel Capital Management and another close Obama friend and fundraiser.

NOW READ THE COMMENTS TO THE TRIBUNE ARTICLE:

1. This article is telling me that members of Republican administrations were poverty-stricken???? NOT. So why is this news, and why are we supposed to care?

2. And I’m sure Bush surrounded himself with poor folk. Is this news???!!! What happened to the liberal media? Weren’t you all supposed to LOVE Obama!!!****!!!

3. Sure, Bush’s team was composed of wealthy, connected folks. But you’re missing an important point. OBAMA was the one who promised “change”. HE is the one who promised a different environment.How many Harvard-educated millionaires did it take to come up with this lie:”Obama wasn’t bowing to the Saudi king, he was bending down to shake his hand”.

4. That’s right, Obama should have hired Joe the Plumber because, as we all know, the best “real person” advice comes from uneducated rednecks earning less than $10,000 per year.

5. I see I’m not the only person whose reaction is “this is not news”. The Tribune stoops so low so often. Booyah, you hit the nail on the head. Clearly, the Tribune believes that its current editorial approach will lead to more ad sales and readers. I recently reduced my home delivery from 7 days to 3, and I may give it up entirely. Keep up the good work, Trib!

6. Tribune – shame on you for your rank hypocrisy of the coverage of this administration vs the recent criminal cabal of lying thugs whose water you carried for 8 years. Anyone seen Bush or Cheney’s “blind trust” balances lately?

Hmmm. It seems that according to the Obamabots the Chicago Tribune needs to STFU and go back to its usual Obama pandering. Maybe some more of those pull out posters of the Obama family.

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2 Responses to “Is This News?: Chicago Tribune Receives Criticism for Reporting Income of Chicagoans on Obama’s Senior Staff”

  1. manbearpig68 Says:

    That’s a great NEWS story that the trib reported and they should keep up the good work. Tell the truth and Libs can never handle it as the comments prove.
    They really know that Obama’s inner circle made their hard earned money from helping the poor and honest working people that need a fair chance. Not involved with evil corporate America and dishonesty and never accepting blown out salaries that weren’t deserved… Right!! If they were all wire-tapped, they would make Blago look sophomoric.
    Any truth is real news and it’s very rare these days.

  2. boldandbald Says:

    I would definitely say that this is news. It shows the hypocrisy of the elitist Democratic leadership in general and the Obama administration in particular. They claim that they are the party of the people as opposed to the Republicans who are the party of the rich. The truth is really quite the opposite. It is the Democrats who do everything they can to keep the poor and middle class dependent upon the federal government, while the Republicans want to see as many people succeed and become wealthy as possible. Democratic elite seem to think that there is only so much money to go around and so they need to keep the little guy down so they can keep their share. The Republicans understand that as more people succeed more wealth is created for everyone. Frankly this story doesn’t go far enough.


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