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Does it seem right to you that "Grandma Obama" aka "First Grandma" will receive 160k a year, lifetime pension for taking care of the grandchildren?

Asked by jca (36043points) October 18th, 2016

http://thebostontribune.com/first-grandma-marian-robinson-receive-lifetime-160k-government-pension/

I’m an Obama fan for the most part but I agree that this seems excessive. Even if she were paid, if she’s receiving 160k a year as a pension, she received way more in salary.

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Call_Me_Jay's avatar

What did people in similar positions receive in previous administrations?

Darth_Algar's avatar

What’s the breakdown? How many hours per day did she spend in care of the children, what would be the per hour rate, and how does that rate compare to similar professional childcare services?

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I have never heard of the Boston Tribune, and their tag line under the header is suspect. This sounds like satire.

Mrs. Robinson, Michelle’s mother, is not currently on the federal payroll.

zenvelo's avatar

Snopes say it is false

“The Boston Tribune is a fake new site that masquerades as the online arm of a legitimate big-city newspaper in order to lure readers with fabricated clickbait stories.”

Love_my_doggie's avatar

The Boston Tribune is a website that reports hoaxes and shocking, but fake, stories. The site wants to lure readers and incite outrage. Snopes.com frequently debunks “news” from Boston Tribune, along with the Baltimore Gazette, Boston Leader, and other sites that seem to be news media but are really fabricated.

Michelle Obama’s mother is unpaid; she receives no salary or benefits, and she certainly isn’t eligible for a pension.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Ha. To be honest I didn’t look at the site itself. But yeah, always be suspect of anyone who says “trust us”.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Any time you come across an item claiming that the Obamas are openly involved in something ongoing and blatantly stupid, it’s a safe bet that it is either satire or a deliberate lie. I mean this is a man renowned for his expertise on constitutional law. ,

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@Love_my_doggie Thank you for providing a link that busts this fallacy.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Good catch @zenvelo! It had me fooled, too.

MollyMcGuire's avatar

@stanleybmanly BarryO is not a renowned expert on Constitutional Law. He wasn’t even a professor. He was a “lecturer” in three classes, as the NY Times said, “race, rights, and gender.” He is not a scholar. He is very capable in delivering a speech, as long as he can read it. He is a community organizer and campaigner. AND, we’ve been paying for him to do those things for eight years.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

@MollyMcGuire When you’re in a thread about misinformation, it would be best to check your facts before typing.

“From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School…

Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track…

Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined…

The University of Chicago Law School

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

^^Even before that, Obama was a graduate of Harvard Law School. In his first year, he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, in his second he was made Editor-in-Chief and in his third, he was elected president of the Review. He graduated J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991.

JLeslie's avatar

Not only articles about the Obamas, but any article, email, Facebook, about government pensions and how horrible the government is, go to the .gov site to see the real deal, or a place like snopes. All sorts of claims and outrage are out there about the pensions our politicians receive that are false.

stanleybmanly's avatar

@MollyMcGuire There is a concerted and understandable effort from the right to downplay and undermine the achievements of those in opposition to conservative views. This has proven to be a remarkably successful undertaking in regards to Obama due to the fact that such misdirection falls on the ears of a surprisingly large base of profoundly ignorant individuals. It is unfortunate but nevertheless true that it is this exceptional concentration of ignorance in its base that permits obtuse conservative nonsense to thrive and proliferate. The GOP was ambushed by Obama. Unlike Hillary, they didn’t see him coming. This handicap was quickly overcome through the realization that since he was unknown it was a simple matter to “make shit up” about him and feed it to a base unable to discern the ridiculous from the plausible. Thus the birther movement that never dies, the “obvious proof” of his secret Muslim devotion based on his middle name, and even denial of his scholarly accomplishments by folks who couldn’t spell let alone define “scholar” were their lives to depend on it.

ragingloli's avatar

Still, the word “renowned” is used way to often.
Einstein and Newton were “renowned” for their physics discoveries.
Mozart and Beethoven were “renowned” composers.
Darwin and Mendel were “renowned” for their biology discoveries.
Obama, while being good at his jobs in the past, is not “renowned”.

jca's avatar

All the time people refer to Obama as “a community organizer” which diminishes so much about his education and career before and after politics.

@all – good catch about it being a joke. Usually I’m up on catching stuff like that and googling to check Snopes or whatever.

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