It’s good to be former President Barack Obama right about now.
We’ve all seen the ridiculous amount of conveniently leaked photographs of him yukking it up in exotic locales with his rich and famous pals, and it looks like his social calendar is full as far as the eye can see.
Additionally, he’s being given a complete free pass on behavior that’s normally completely frowned upon by ex-presidents.
As a general rule of thumb, presidents exit stage left after the inauguration and remain as far away from the spotlight as possible. They may drop a book or make the occasional diplomatic appearance, but outside of that, they generally stay out of the public eye.
This is done so that their successor is free to operate without the proverbial eyes over the shoulder.
Obama is going against the grain in that regard, as he’s felt the need to stick his beak in on all sorts of issues since leaving office.
The lap dogs in the mainstream media lap it up with the voracity of a dehydrated camel that has come across a body of water, and Obama is generally praised for having the bravery to speak up.
Life is good for the former commander-in-chief. In fact, it looks like it’s going to be a banner year on a number of fronts.
Political Insider shares the details on that.
Former President Barack Obama had no problem publicly sympathizing with the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement as members claimed to protest income inequality (particularly in the form of the “99% vs the 1%”). “We are on their side” he said regarding the movement. It was a convenient alliance to make, given that increasing taxes on high-income earners was a policy Obama endorsed.
He even thinly endorsed what we could describe as a “maximum wage” ideologically, though it’s a policy he never pursued. Back in 2010 he admitted, “we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. But, you know, part of the American way is, you know, you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product or providing good service.”
He didn’t specify what that point would be in which someone made “enough” money, nor how we’d determine what that point is. And he’s lucky he didn’t, so we at least can’t call him a hypocrite for the insane earnings he’s going to be bringing in this year. We can brand him a hypocrite, however, for warming up to Wall Street once they began offering him a paycheck.
Not a bad gig – and that’s just year one!
We’re not going to begrudge the fact that Obama is in line to earn a fantastic living. In fact, we say more power to him. Few folks would turn down piles of cash being thrown at them, so there’s no need to make a senseless argument.
However, it’s incredibly off putting to know that he’s building his fortune while touting his divisive theories of the ‘haves and have nots.’
Using his line of thinking, he’s a ‘have.’ Should we be expecting him to write fat checks to fund all of his precious ideologies and movements?
He’s going to have a bright future ahead of him giving speeches, so long as he milks it as effectively as the Clintons did. Bill and Hillary made a cool $153 million in speaking fees after Bill left office, and there’s no reason to believe Obama can’t do the same.
I’m not attacking Obama and the Clintons for making money. After all, the most recent year of income documented for President Donald Trump was $150 million in 2005. If I had a problem with the rich, I’d be attacking him too. The difference is obvious, however: Trump glorifies entrepreneurship, risk-taking, and the creation of wealth, while Obama and the Clintons didn’t mind demonizing it.
Hypocrisy is never an attractive characteristic. It’s even more ugly in this case.
To that end, we encourage the former POTUS to make as much cash as possible – but can he stop preaching while doing so?
Practicing what you preach is always wise advice, and failure to do just that has befallen many a man and woman in the past.
We know that’s not going to happen, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
While you’re at it, can you please stop sticking your nose into the current political environment Mr. Obama? President Donald Trump has it just fine from here.
Source: Political Insider