WASHINGTON---Michelle Obama, on leave from her job as a vice president of community affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center, is profiled in the Wednesday New York Times with some stunning details about a hospital proposal to use Chicago area girls as research subjects. That plus the flash that Obama is trying to soften up her image, with a start an appearence Wednesday as a guest host on "The View." (see my previous blog post for details on this.)
The New York Times report, by Michael Powell and Jodi Kantor LINK says Michelle Obama "altered the hospital's research agenda. When the human papillomavirus vaccine, which can prevent cervical cancer, became available, researchers proposed approaching local school principals about enlisting black teenage girls as research subjects.
"Obama stopped that. The prospect of white doctors performing a trial with black teenage girls summoned the specter of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment of the mid-20th century, when white doctors let hundreds of black men go untreated to study the disease."She'll talk about the elephant in the room," said Susan Sher, her boss at the hospital, where Obama is on leave from her more-than-$300,000-a-year job."