Former President Barack Hussein Obama was the picture perfect example of someone who overstayed his welcome. He couldn’t leave office soon enough, as far as the conservatives were concerned, but what is he up to now?
Apparently, he’s planning to make a full-time job out of doing things he said he would never do, or criticized others for.
The 44th president has accepted an offer to speak at a healthcare conference hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald in September, US media report.
The deal comes less than 100 days after Mr Obama left office.
In 2009, he told CBS: “I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat cat bankers on Wall Street.”
Perhaps this was his tender years in politics speaking, and he was completely idealistic about what those in power should do. Or, maybe he was just saying what people wanted to hear. Not that a politician would never do that, but I’ve heard that it could happen.
[BBC] Mr Obama has reportedly agreed to be a keynote speaker at an event hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald LP, an investment bank that lost more than two-thirds of its staff in the attack on the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001.
The fee is nearly twice the $225,000 that Hillary Clinton received for three speeches to Goldman Sachs in 2015.
She was heavily criticised during last year’s presidential campaign for her Wall Street speeches, with activists on both sides of the political spectrum demanding she release the transcripts.
That makes complete sense, that those on both sides of the spectrum would want to know what she was promising to those with money. We know what she promised to the poor; to give them the rich’s money, but we don’t know what she promised those with money. Favors from her? Servitude from the “deplorables”?
A DNC senior adviser talks to Tucker Carlson about what might be in it for those who hear the speech, and how it warrants that kind of money:
Regardless, this is just another example of what the democratic party calls good business, and what everyday Americans consider to be a terrible double standard and abuse of privilege. I guess the Obama’s combined 65 million dollar book deal just wasn’t enough, they’re going to have to make their day to day living expenses elsewhere.