So you're Barack Obama, now former president of United States, and you're a bit bored.
You've played a few rounds of golf, watched all of Stranger Things (can't wait for October, season 2!!!) and tried to pick up Spanish as a second language, but Dualingo just doesn't compare to proper immersion, does it?
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Then an offer comes along for the cool sum of $400,000 for an hour's work. All you have to do is deliver a speech to a room full of Wall Street bankers. Ok, you might have called them "fat cats" and said that the 2009 crash was "caused in part by completely irresponsible actions on Wall Street". You might have said that... but $400,000 is $400,000. What are you going to do?
Turn it down?
Less than 100 days after leaving his post, Barry has come in for a bit of flack after supposedly agreeing a six-figure speaking gig with Cantor Fitzgerald LP, a New York-based investment bank.
As reported by The Telegraph, Obama will deliver a speech to the firm at its health care conference in September.
Commenting on the news, Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic political consultant, told the New York Post. "Is there an irony here because he spoke incessantly about the income gap and is now earning from those same people he criticised? Yes it is."
"Should we expect it? Yes, we should because all former presidents do this. He went on the attack against Wall Street and now he's being fed by those same people he called 'fat cats.' It's more hypocritical than ironic."
Obama spoke publicly for the first time since leaving office on Monday, addressing students at the University of Chicago on everything from the state of the nation to marriage advice.
"Listening to understand, rather than listening to respond.That will save you a lot of heartache and grief."
"That's a little tip there."
That's some 400k advice if ever we've heard any!
We still <3 you, Barry.