First Crony Michelle Obama’s big business bonanza
Townhall – Michelle Malkin – 11/1/2013
Mrs. Obama has profited handsomely from the very same processed food industry she now demonizes. In June 2005, a few months after her husband was elected to the U.S. Senate, Mrs. Obama was named to the corporate Board of Directors of TreeHouse Foods, Inc.
Despite zero experience, the food-processing company put her on its audit and nominating and corporate governance committees. For her on-the-job training and the privilege of putting her name and face on their literature, the company forked over $45,000 in 2005 and $51,200 in 2006 to Mrs. Obama -- as well as 7,500 TreeHouse stock options worth more than $72,000 for each year.
TreeHouse, a leading supplier to Wal-Mart, sells cheese sauces, Cremora non-dairy creamer, instant soup, puddings and powdered soft drink mixes, and pickles for McDonald's. Eat as she says, not as she deals.
Mrs. Obama has moved on from TreeHouse to much fatter "partnerships." The alliances between big business and big government, marketed as a public service "for the children," have been a bonanza for the first crony. They scratch her back, her clout and popularity increase, and she'll have a cornucopia of board of director slots to choose from after her hubby's term is up. Make no mistake: Michelle's fruits and vegetables are served on a heaping platter of progressive hypocrisy.
(Blogger comment: Sounds like Operation Push, Jesse Jackson’s tactics used in Chicago for decades.)