You know, gentle readers, they really did think he was the messiah, a light worker, the bringer of hope and change to the wretched, teeming refuse, the God and gun clingers. And now, only now, do they discover he was just another calculating, crooked, self-promoting, selfish, grotesquely narcissistic and not-too-bright, Chicago machine, thuggish politician. The horror. Fox New reports:
Former President Obama’s upcoming speech to Wall Streeters is putting $400,000 in his pocket – and putting longtime supporters in a difficult situation.
Democratic Party leaders and grass roots activists alike are at a loss to explain how the onetime champion of the 99 percent could cash in with a September address at a health care conference run by investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald.
‘Spiritual leader of the people’s #Resistance cashes in with $400k speech to Wall Street bankers,’ read one tweet.
‘[Money] is a snake that slithers through Washington.’
– Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
That’s rich coming from Fauxcahontus, a woman who faked Indian ancestry to land a high paying academic job. But hey, now she’s troubled:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said she ‘was troubled by that,’ when asked her opinion on Sirius XM’s ‘Alter Family Politics’ radio show this morning. But she held back from criticizing the president directly while referring repeatedly to her new book, ‘This Fight is Our Fight,’ in which she outlines her concerns about big money’s influence on American politics.
You really can’t satirize these people. They’ve moved beyond hypocrisy and normal satire.
While Obama’s longtime allies in Washington were taciturn, far-left groups that viewed him as their champion could not hide their bitterness.
‘Even if he donates the money from this Wall Street firm to charity, his speech and remuneration reminds ‘ordinary’ working class people that both major political parties are in bed with Big Business,’ said David Michael Smith, of the Houston Socialist Movement. ‘In my view, our country needs a new kind of political party and social movement to represent the vast majority of the population, not the wealthy few.
Oh, right. Like the Democrats did in nominating Hillary Clinton, who called them all “irredeemable” and “deplorables.” That vast majority Mr. Smith?
Now Democrats are being put in the position of deciding whether their former president should take $400,000 from Wall Street for a speech,’ the left-leaning Washington Post wrote. ‘At the least, it risks suggesting the party’s anti-Wall Street posture is in some cases just that — posturing.
Oh, there’s no risk at all, WaPo. It doesn’t suggest it, it displays it on a Broadway marquee, and not in “some cases,” every day of the year, 24 hours a day. Get this:
Obama spokesman Ed Schulz insisted the former president remains true to his progressive values, and said taking money from Wall Street is not the same as being bought by Wall Street.
See what I mean by being beyond satire? Of course, if a Republican does it, that’s completely different, because Trump.
Still, the development seemed a far cry from sentiments Obama expressed in his 2006 memoir, ‘The Audacity of Hope.
Really? Of course, just as small businessmen didn’t build their small businesses, Obama didn’t write that, so it’s all good.
The path of least resistance – of fund-raisers organized by the special interests, the corporate PACs, and the top lobbying shops – starts to look awfully tempting, and if the opinions of these insiders don’t quite jibe with those you once held, you learn to rationalize the changes as a matter of realism, of compromise, of learning the ropes,’ then-Sen. Obama wrote. ‘The problems of ordinary people, the voices of the Rust Belt town or the dwindling heartland, become a distant echo rather than a palpable reality, abstractions to be managed rather than battles to be fought.
And we all know how hard Mr. Obama fought for the common man, the God and gun clinging, benighted denizens of flyover country. It makes my ordinary breast, out here in the dwindling heartland, swell with patriotic pride just thinking about it.
Obama will have an opportunity to reconcile his evolving position on money and politics in his next memoir, for which he has already signed a $60 million deal.
Well there you go. I know that you, like me, gentle readers, can’t wait to read his latest, Bill Ayers-written memoir about how noble and wonderful he is, and about his tireless laboring for us all, and about all of his wonderful accomplishments, such as the world living in peace and all. I do, however, think I’m beginning to get a glimmer of why our publishing industry is in such fiscal trouble these days.
I don’t begrudge Mr. Obama his riches. For capitalism to work, everyone must be able to become wealthy, so long as it is done lawfully. But it is delightful to watch the Dems whine about Obama’s betrayal. Did they really think he ever gave a damn about anyone but himself?
But for any Wall Street firm, or anyone else, for that matter, contemplating hiring Mr. Obama for a speech, I hereby offer to undercut his fee by 75% per speech. I’ll take care of my own travel and room and board. I’m quite certain I can demonstrate, unlike Mr. Obama, I have not yet reached the “some point” where I’ve made enough money. I won’t be holding my breath.