Former President Barack Obama has been a busy man.
Obama, last month, addressed clients of Northern Trust Corp. in New York to a tune of $400,000, Bloomberg reported, citing a person familiar with the appearance.
The report said Obama, last week, also met with the private equity giant the Carlyle Group—which was unreported– and spoke about his time as president. He is reportedly due to deliver a keynote at a Cantor Fitzgerald health-care conference.
Ken Lewis, a spokesman for Obama, told Bloomberg that he gives speeches that are “true to his values.”
“His paid speeches in part have allowed President Obama to contribute $2 million to Chicago programs offering job training and employment opportunities to low-income youth,” he said.
Fox Business reported in April about Obama’s upcoming speeches. Another spokesman told FBN that Obama—as a candidate—pulled in more money than any candidate in history, and went on to “implement the toughest reforms on Wall Street since FDR.”
In 2009, Obama famously lashed out at bankers, calling them “fat cats” who don’t get it.
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I guess, at some point, you HAVEN’T made enough money. If you are a liberal.
I would say Birds of a Feather but even vultures would avoid Obama and those he rubs elbows with their so bad enough anyway
Is someone at FOX seriously suggesting Obama was thinking ahead to payment for a speaking engagement that would be more than 8 years in the future? Because that’s one of the goofier bullshit claims FOX has rolled out lately—which most likely explains why whoever wrote the article refrained from attaching his or her name to it.
They’re just planting negative thoughts, as if they were pitching breadcrumbs to a flock of dimwitted pigeons. No analytical thought on the part of their readers was expected. Judging from the comments following the article, none occurred.
He was always thinking only as far ahead as the next election, in which he always collected millions and millions from Wall Street and bankers. Now he collects millions from them for “speeches”.
Imagine paying a guy who proved he knew nothing about economic matters $400,000 to explain economic matters!! Like Hillary did, he must have told them at some point to disregard all the far left, socialist class warfare rhetoric he spewed.
I don’t know yet.
So why don’t you give a good doodly damn about the Trump family’s multiple domestic and international financial conflicts of interest, which all available information suggests are so freaking extensive they make what you’re alleging about Obama pale in comparison? What ever happened to that promise that he’d make his returns public as soon as the “audit” was done? You give this shyster a pass on anything and everything.
If they existed, I guess I would worry about them. However, last I checked, Trump did not approve the sale of US uranium to Russia or pay Iran to develop a nuclear weapon with the pre-determined purpose of “erasing Israel from the map”.
Give TRUMP a pass? Are you actually serious? Obama ran guns to Mexico, got a border agent and hundreds of Mexican citizens killed, used the IRS as a personal political weapon, stood idly by while veterans died in line at the VA while paying out bonuses, LIED about Obamacare and incited racist violence… let me know which of those infractions YOU have not given HIM a pass on. You also turned a blind eye to Hillary failing miserably as Secretary of State, getting a consulate sacked, an ambassador and three other Americans killed, lying about it, lying before Congress about her abuse of classified information, destroying evidence and obstructing justice (though we now know no real investigation was being carried out) and approving the sale of 20% of US uranium to Russia in exchange for a $500,000 payday for a “speech”. You appear to develop standards only periodically.
Thus far, there has been nothing to give Trump a “pass” on. See, I deal in reality, not whatever fantastic f**king anti-American contrived accusation I can invent in my sick, twisted, liberal mind. I have stated numerous times that, due to the demonstrated secrecy of the left, how the left lies and manipulates data and facts, how the left ignores its own massive issues with transparency, credibility and honesty that Trump should NEVER release any more (aside from the two already released, in addition to his financial disclosure statements) tax returns. You simply don’t get any more opportunities to lie and make false accusations. Besides, what do you need hard data for? You leftists seem to do pretty well making up enough stories to satisfy your hateful appetites without actual revelations.
You aren’t getting any more tax returns, so hitch up your big-boy pants and learn to live with it. You don’t DESERVE them.
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If they sent anyone to jail it might hold someone accountable, if they did that they couldnt fine the entire company and have those funds funneled to their anti-american groups. As a reward for that they will give him big bucks to “speak, sit up, and beg”.
Neither did Clinton—except in the crackpot, bullshit, right-wing propaganda universe that deluded Trump worshipers believe in without thought or question—because that’s NOT how the Committee for Foreign Investments in the United States even works.
Clinton didn’t have a personal vote in the Uranium One approval process. You might want to argue that the State Department representative who did have a vote did her bidding—but he was only one of nine voting committee members, and the only one of the nine who was connected with the State Department. So, Hillary Clinton didn’t have the power as Secretary of State to determine the outcome.
In any case, the matter under consideration didn’t include a uranium export license. If approved, the North American resource could only be sold inside North America, so the uranium wasn’t going anywhere overseas.
Finally, there’s no clear connection between Bill Clinton’s speaking engagement and and the Uranium One deal. As a highly popular former President of the United States, Clinton has been in great demand as a paid public speaker, and has been routinely compensated highly to make such appearances.
Trump repeated the Uranium One lies at his campaign rallies. No big surprise there. He got elected by lying to people who are pathetically easy to manipulate when they’re told what they want to hear.
Yes. She did. And, she approved it.
Yes. There is. It’s called quid pro quo and it is quite clear and connected. It is FAR more clear and connected than ANY connection between Trump, any of his associates, or Russia, yet you sore losers continue to pretend to believe in that fairy tale.
No doubt, all the sordid connections between Hillary, Bill, The Clinton Foundation and Russia is where the Sore Loser Brigade got the idea to accuse Trump of colluding with the Russians. They knew EXACTLY what collusion looks like, having done it already.
@kitt: Also remember that Obama allowed all the bonuses for the Goldman Sachs executives to move forward even though the government was bailing everyone out with TARP. Corruption, corruption, corruption.
The State Department had only one of nine votes in the matter. That one vote was cast by Assistant Secretary Jose Fernandez, who has stated Clinton had no input into the matter. Even if you think Clinton instructed him how to vote, the other 8 voting members of the Committee for Foreign Investments in the United States were not under her authority or connected with the State Department. Consequently, Hillary Clinton did not have the power to decided whether the Uranium One deal would be approved or not.
Which is a moot point, since the deal didn’t “transfer 20 percent of U.S. uranium holdings to Russia” to begin with. There was no export licence included in the deal. The uranium in question didn’t actually go anywhere outside of North America. It was a foreign financial investment, not the actual sale of uranium to to be shipped overseas. It could only be sold in the North American marketplace.
Those are the actual facts, easily verified with information from reputable sources by anyone who wishes to know the truth. There’s no room for interpretation. The basic facts are simply what they are. Repetition does not transmute falsehoods into the truth.
give us an example of a Trump international financial conflict of interest. or a multiple domestic conflict of interest. Don’t think you can give us any.
@Greg: Deny, deny, deny. One wonders what Hillary did as Secretary of State (besides make classified information available to anyone and everyone)? Certainly, every mistake (and there were mistakes a-plenty) was delegated to an underling. Yet, something as vital as selling off strategic material was NOT a subordinate’s task, particularly when the State Department KNEW what was going on and what the risk was.
Millions and millions of dollars flooding into the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments and agents while Hillary was Secretary of State but, of course, NO conflict of interests going on there, right?
I guess corruption has to be imaginary for you to believe it?