People Are Outraged That Obama Got $400,000 as a Speaking Fee

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When Barack Obama boxed up the Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and packed the Texas Pete (because—as we all know—only poseurs use Frank’s Red Hot), black America figured it was finally over. We believed the only upside to the title of “former president” was that he wouldn’t have to endure the inane outrage that some people (pronounced “caw-cajuns”) attached to his every move. No longer would he have to answer to people who were butt-hurt about fist bumps, tan suits or his affinity for arugula.

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But, lest we forget, Obama is black, which means his critics are like a P. Diddy remix: They can’t stop, won’t stop.

People are now incensed that Obama garnered a $400,000 paycheck for speaking at a Wall Street conference run by Cantor Fitzgerald. They say it undermines his attacks on income inequality. Others point out how the former commander in chief railed against Wall Street bankers, and say it makes him a hypocrite. And some posit that the large speaking fees make him inaccessible to the common American. The most common criticism it that it just “feels wrong.”

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Of course, they are all guided by their feelings, because—to them—feelings matter more than facts. They felt upset and called it “federal overreach” when Obama reined in Wall Street and fixed the economy. They felt it would never work when he fixed a broken health care system. They felt disbelief when he told them he killed the most wanted terrorist in the world. They feel like climate change is a hoax because the winters feel colder.

The same dunderheaded dolts worrying about Obama’s pockets are eerily quiet about the tangerine turducken shaped like a Times New Roman font lowercase “g,” traipsing across the country for weekend golf outings, who financed his empire by bilking students with his sham university and rubles from Russian oligarchs. Now that Obama has given the best years of his life digging America out of the hole created by conservative, money-grubbing principles, they want to complain?

To quote the great philosopher and wide receiver Ochocinco, “Chile, please!”

Look, people—contrary to what people think, the conversation about income inequality was never about how rich some people made themselves. It was always about how those billionaires kept people poor so they could stuff their pockets with the gold mined by the workers with the pickaxes. No one is mad at Bill Gates. People were mad at Goldman Sachs for profiting while ruining the mortgages and retirement accounts of average Americans.

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Furthermore, should Democrats and progressives cede all influence over Wall Street to Republicans who espouse trickle-down theory and free-market principles? Speaking of the “free market” (because there are three things every good-looking Caucasian male over 6 feet tall absolutely loves: the movie Fight Club, microbrewed beer and supply-side economics)—shouldn’t Obama be free to command whatever someone is willing to pay?

Obama is only doing what every president before him did. Bill Clinton has made 13 speeches since 2003 for which he charged over $500,000. If George W. Bush could speak in complete sentences, I’m sure he’d charge a hefty price tag, but then again, he was already rich. Even Ronald Reagan—also known as “GOP Jesus”—once charged a Japanese company $2 million to hear him mumble into a microphone.

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Obama spoke at colleges, conferences, churches and nonprofits for eight years for free, so let them stay mad. After all the unearned criticism he had to put up with, he probably deserves more money than that. The ironic part is that there are some people who will say that their criticism has nothing to do with race, and maybe that is true. Maybe asking a man to work for eight years cleaning up the sloppy mess some white guy made, and then telling him he shouldn’t ask for money, just feels racist.

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Besides, how else is he supposed to buy hot sauce?

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DISCUSSION

I’m done with all the Brets and Beckys and their, “Well, actually ...,” explanations for what’s obvious to anyone who looks close. I’m done worrying about those folks, “being offended,” that I suggest they may be harboring racist attitudes they haven’t exhumed, of watching their eye-rolls and, “I know black people,” explanations and the like.

Obama endured deaths threats for 8 years. I’m a regular person, I did regular person volunteering for his campaign in 2007-2008 and 2012, and I voted for him. I wrote him letters about Syria, drone strikes, and racial injustice, and was saddened that he fell into a political trap about Guantanamo Bay and was never able to close it. I’m disappointed in what he didn’t do, but I have no doubts about his character, his record, or what he was able to do. He threaded a needle that a lot of these so-called Progressives who like to shout the right thing and not DO the right thing was able to do with the Affordable Care Act. That we couldn’t pick up the baton he left, and still haven’t, says more about us than him, that we let the Congress get taken over by crazy nihlist racists and ELECTED the man President who went on TV for YEARS and said, “Obama is a foreigner,” that says more about us, than him.

Those Brets and Beckys, they should shut their mouths for a while, and really do a deep dive at exactly what other black people they’re upset with for making money. And on top of that, maybe spend some time working out why a $400,000 speech from possibly the best President that the U.S. ever produced is more upsetting than, say, the fact that we’re threatening war all over the place, that Trump’s traitorous fat butt is still in the White House, or whatever the hell else there is.

Because, I’m done with the activists. I’m down with the Community Organizers, because they know how to win, and they know how to get shit done, as long as we’re not stepping on their damn feet and getting in the way.

‘Cause, it’s no coincidence that 2013's disasters over voting rights came on the heels of the destruction of Acorn. And I don’t see the Brets and Beckys of the Internet doing any outraged, “Well, actually ...,” commentary about how deep THAT goes, and what THAT means.

In a sad way, I hope you get those ‘progressive’ folks in here doing their, “Well, actually ...,” routines at you ... ‘cause I’ll know who not to rely on in the coming years from it.

Thank you for posting this. Somedays the truth seems like it’s in far too short supply.