Fact Check: Michelle Obama Lies About Early Financial Struggles

First Lady Michelle Obama’s pitch to voters last night relied on the premise that she and her husband understand what it is to struggle to make ends meet. She spoke movingly about their early years–about how a young Barack Obama drove a car that was “rusted out” and found his furniture “in a dumpster,” how they both came from families that had to “scrape by.” Her fairy tale–however well-delivered–was one great, big, colorful lie.

Both Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama began their adult lives with a leg up on the rest of America. They attended elite schools: Michelle went to Whitney Young, the public magnet school for Chicago’s upper class, while Barack attended Punahou, the private prep school for the top stratum of Hawaiian society. They were accepted to Ivy League schools despite undistinguished credentials, and both attended Harvard Law School.

“[B]elieve it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage,” Michelle said. That sounds like a raw deal–but in fact reflects their fortunate circumstances. They had both just graduated from a very expensive law school, and their combined income from cushy law firm jobs dwarfed the repayments. Barack also soon enjoyed a second salary from the University of Chicago.


They had expensive tastes, reflected in the $277,500 two-bedroom condo they bought in 1993–a high price even by today’s standards. Several years later, they moved into their $1.65 million mansion in Hyde Park–with the help of fraudster Tony Rezko. Barack often told a story of hardship on the campaign trail in 2008 about having his credit card declined–once. The fact that he thought this counted as real hardship speaks volumes.

As her husband moved onto the national political stage, Michelle Obama began to enjoy a lavish lifestyle at taxpayer expense, directly and indirectly. When Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, he obtained a $1 million earmark for the University of Chicago Hospital–and his wife’s salary as Vice President for Community Affairs jumped from $121,910 to $316,962. Her job: pushing poor, uninsured patients to other hospitals.

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  • dbassd

    LYING BEECH

    • Make certain that you use that statement against yourself

      • dbassd

        You should check out why both of these Øbamanations no longer have their Law Licenses.
        1. President Barack Obama, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, is no longer a “lawyer”. He surrendered his license back in 2008 in order to escape charges he lied on his bar application. A “Voluntary Surrender” is not something where you decide “Gee, a license is not really something I need anymore, is it?” and forget to renew your license. No, a “Voluntary Surrender” is something you do when you’ve been accused of something, and you ‘voluntarily surrender” your license five seconds before the state suspends you.
        2 Michelle Obama “voluntarily surrendered” her law license in 1993. after a Federal Judge gave her the choice between surrendering her license or standing trial for Insurance fraud!This kind of dishonesty is not what I want leading me and mine. . .
        FBO and you too stupid

      • don

        Dam…, are you a democrat obama drone? Obviously you don’t mind that a fat ass democrat trying to control the food choices in our supermarkets. She is capable of the same grab for power that her marxist partner is capable of. Lies that are so obvious about her “ooor” start, indicates that she has no shame. It also indicates that most democrats, who believe this crap, are such a collection of morons. Clinton never did mention that he was forced into the economic improvements by the Republican Congress did he? He lies under oath or not under oath. He is a rapist and a women molester, and this party says the Republicans have a war on women? Obama has been the worst president ever, even topping carter. I will bet his lies tonight top all the other democrat speakers, such as “you did not build it”.

  • MillRun

    she’s married to a winner, who will win AGAIN in november. how’d that senate race in BFE alassskuh turn out for ya, josephine? you were exposed as the lyin’ little bitch that you are, p*ssyboy LOOOOOOSER!

    • toomuchsense

      Sweet. Loved your reply MillRun. Hope to see you comment often here.
      Because its individuals like you, that turned this ultra liberal into a ultra conservative. I just figured years ago, that if the majority of the group was not what I respected, and would not like my eventual family to become. Why belong.
      MillRun, you and those like you are a constant reminder of my correct judgement.
      Here’s to hoping you continue to comment, MillRun.

      • MillRun

        stop lying. you were never a liberal. OTOH, I am a republican since the late 80’s. i love my country, not my party.

        • toomuchsense

          How do you know what I was years ago? You don’t. So you should have rephrase your comment that you “suspect’ that I was never a liberal. Absolutes usually gets one into trouble. As far as you loving your country, great. I don’t especially like the average Republican politican either. So we agree on that. But my statement was mainly, almost absolutely dealing with the group / citizens that fall within the two main parties. Liberal / Conservative, Democrat / Republican. Its the membership that caused me consternation and doubt within the liberal democrat establishment. I suggest that you reread my post, then comment again. You fell into the trap of attacking those that you oppose, which is fine, but without proper comprehension. Example, are you MillRun a Democrat politican? Your reply states not, since you indicated that you are a republican. But your incorrect reasoning and reply to me, suggest that you are. Otherwise, why attack and disagree. But in an attempt at bipartianism. Until this year, I was not affilitated with any party on my voters registration. I dislike RINO’s with a passion. But do like conservatives, so changed to republican to vote in the primary.

          • maryflaur

            The last I voted democratic was for Lyndon Johnson mainly because he was from my state. But no more, at least not until the Democratic party becomes what it used to be once again. Frankly, I don’t see that happening very soon. They can take their liberalism and stuff it. And if the muslims and athiests don’t like the way things are run here, they need to go live somewhere else. I understand that some didn’t like it when God and Jerusalem were put back in the democratic platform.

        • toomuchsense

          MillRun, I believe that one point should be made, and made clear(er.) I left the liberal side many years ago for many reasons. Maturity was a major factor. But my original comment was still correct. For as I aged, I noticed that there were differences in the average citizen that fell within the two main ideals. Liberalism or conservativism. These differences were major, but not absolute. One can find both very good and very bad, or merely good or merely bad, within both parties. But as a liberal, union worker and steward, from a working class background, with no axe to grind against that group. I started noticing things that could not go unnoticed. We all make our choices as to what we wish to become as a man, or person. Along with what values we wish to raise our family. I saw and observed the party / liberal from its roots, not just the leadership. You could place blinders on me, that prevent political thought from entering the thought or belief process. Only the interaction of its members. I would still reject liberalism on that basis, the reflection of its members in daily life. Then you add the actual political thought…………

        • tonytheplatypus

          So you call someone a liar because you doubt they were ever a liberal, then expect everyone to believe that you are a Republican? What a hypocrite.

  • Dennis Davis

    Lie Lie Lie. If they are not lying then they were spending money they didn’t have just as they are today… So either way they are a pair of pathetic humans…

  • jb80538

    The dems are full of lies. That’s all they seem to know. Make things up to stir the masses and hope the foolish believe them.

  • First of all Whitney Young was/is not a school for Chicago’s upper class. It is a public school. Since it is a public school it is one that accepts all economic levels. Get your lies straight. Both of the OBama’s came from families that were neither poor nor rich but rather lower middle class. It simply appalls me why people insist on following people that do nothing but spue lies and anger. I am looking at the remarks here and I am new to this site and all of you are quite pathetic- you rather believe a lie than the truth. I seriously wonder about the ethical and moral backbone that none of you seem to have. What do you think you are going to gain?

    • mginsd

      You’re correct on WYHS, but way off on Barry Soetero’s background: he was born to wealth in HA and went to its most prestigious HS. Neither were “lower middle class;” Michelle’s was no South Side steelworker’s family. How Obama got into Columbia, let alone Harvard, is beyond me, but that’s what affirmative action is all about, right Michelle?

    • sreynolds

      damarius Hey jackwagon, iv’e heard obama lie with my own ears, from his own mouth, say what you want but the only people that support him are racists and parasites, Which one are you?

    • siteunseen

      Lower Middle Class????? Not so! Not so! Grandparents were rich on Obama’s side. His Father was wealthy, the one from Africa, and the one who adopted him was faring well enough to get him into USA as a Foreign Aid Student.

  • Also one more thing do independent fact-checking from reliable sources- you might learn something.

  • luci

    they lie so much do they believe their lies.

  • TexBob

    The Obamas are nothing but one big lie. Affirmative action poster children their whole lives. Substandard academically, and both surrendered their law licenses to avoid prosecution for fraud and more lies.

    Both lived with affluent 1%’ers just like Billy Ayers.

  • maryflaur

    So, what else is new about them???

  • tomtom

    She MADE_UP a great Fairy tale, so sad !! She learned well from the LIAR-in-Chief!! They were given EVERYTHING because of their color….sssssssssssooooo hard!! Poor Black girl !!

  • mginsd

    Thanks for setting the record straight, Joe. The only thing I’d add is that Obama was never an editor, let alone editor-in-chief, of Harvard Law Review, but it’s “president.” That’s the position reserved for gladhanders who lack the intelligence and skills any editorial position requires. As an affirmative action admitee, Obama was the perfect choice.

  • Delores109
  • Mark Brickey

    It’s really no wonder that this pair, this “man” is so narcissistic & utterly selfish. He/they have never been responsible for anything, anyone. Can you imagine how those 2 GIRLS are going to be as older teens, young adults? These guys are so plastic that they even make CLINTON look good! It’s amazing that they have actually had to reach back to HIM, even, to get any defense of their policies? I wonder what they paid him? I wonder what HILLARY is thinking? Not only was she usurped by this fool, then pandered to & silenced by the Sec of State job but now he used her HUSBAND to get elected again!
    These guys – the whole democrat faction – amaze me…..

  • The Oblahblahs both deserve each other…we the people deserve much better.

  • m123s

    She is trying hard to connect to the Middle Class, and keep up with Dr. C. Rice. Both Obamas have taken bed time stories to prime time.

  • The left lies? Say it isn’t so Joe!

  • CaptTurbo

    Disgusting little Marxist liar!

  • Denver

    Both..we’re welfare baby’s that took advantage of grantsand everyone else around them. Never worked a day in there lives.

  • Denver

    I like the way they charactize the taking of freedom. As working together and being part of group.

  • As I say, Amexica —from a nation that at least supposedly put two men on the moon to one that sent two baboons to the White House. If the people in this country can’t do any better than these two absolutely worthless primates, then the nation does not deserve to survive into the next year—and I would say pretty much the same for the white trailer trash Bushes. A very deadly pox be upon BOTH their houses—MERLIN MILLER IN 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come this November you will all see once again that the people in this palsied country don’t give a rat’s ass about what gets dredged out of the sewers and dumped on the plush Egyptian carpeting of high office. Screw the whole god damned road show–screw it dead.

  • siteunseen

    Community organizers with a tall tale and no real credentials, but more money than most of us have ever seen, because they came from families with a lot of money. The rusted car he drove was probably one he took around the block for a smash drive.

  • Like the often repeated lie that the budget was balanced under Clinton. Check the congressional record they took the Social Security Trust Fund, which was a separate budget item and had a surplus,and rolled it into the general budget. That was a violation of the “trust” and they called the budget balanced. That is part of why it is nearly bankrupt. The biggest problem with SS is that the politicians can steal from it. That and the fact that if people were allowed to put away their money into a private retirement vehicle that had a death and a disability benefit they would have about 3 times more income upon death or disability! Some groups did just that before the SS administration forbid it and those people do receive 3 times more income and a $50,000
    minimum or 3 times the annual salary death benefit which ever is more. Contrast that to the SS death benefit of $256. Like Hitler said you tell a lie long enough and people will believe it.