SIO38: Obama’s Unfortunate Payday

When I saw the news of Obama’s $400k paycheck for a speech to a Wall St bank, I posted this reaction on Facebook. The slew of comments that resulted was quite surprising to me. In my view, a lot of liberals are doing some logical backflips to justify Obama’s payday, or to obfuscate and divert attention away from it. I think these gymnastics are unbecoming of skeptical people. I hope to add a little nuance to this black and white thinking!

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kyle
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I posted something similar on facebook this afternoon, but as far as I understand it, while it may not be valid to say the critique of president Obama is motivated by race, as the critique occurs in the context of a racist society, it is inevitably informed by race. Mostly, I mean to say there is a discussion to be had about the racial aspect of the way people relate to president Obama, what they expect of him, and what they perceive the relationship between themselves and a black president to be, and that discussion is more than petty liberal… Read more »
St. Ralph
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This is still America (for a while yet) and the Dollar is still our Lord. The only people qualified to comment on Obama’s speaker’s fees are those who have actually turned down $400,000 at any time under any circumstances. I’ll bet that in this country there are precisely none. Obama could just say he is donating his Wall Street speaker’s fees to some charity and that would satisfy you? That’s exactly what Trump would do. That’s exactly what Trump has done in the past. He’s claimed charitable contributions and promised charitable contributions that never happened. Then, in the next 24-minute… Read more »
Dan
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What is the legacy that Obama is tarnishing? Obama is a corporate, pro business democrat.

Let’s not saint Obama as something he isn’t the way the right sainted Reagan.

If you want to pull money out of politics support Justice Democrats. Don’t act like Obama is something he was not.

kyle
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Also, a possibly relevant quote from the Audacity of Hope: “Increasingly I found myself spending time with people of means — law firm partners and investment bankers, hedge fund managers and venture capitalists. As a rule, they were smart, interesting people, knowledgeable about public policy, liberal in their politics, expecting nothing more than a hearing of their opinions in exchange for their checks. But they reflected, almost uniformly, the perspectives of their class: the top 1 percent or so of the income scale that can afford to write a $2,000 check to a political candidate. They believed in the free… Read more »