Obama Pockets $3.2 Million For Speaking Gig In Milan

Tyler Durden's picture

President Obama, the preeminent crusader against the evils of Wall Street, took some heat from his Progressive pals a few weeks ago when it emerged that as his first paid speech appearance he would receive $400,000 for roughly an hour of his time from, well, Wall Street, or rather Cantor Fitzgerald.

But the irony didn't end there.  In an effort to combat the public outcry, the beloved former President defended his efforts by arguing that the decision to take $400,000 from Cantor Fitzgerald couldn't possibly mean that he's a sellout because, well, he already sold out to Wall Street during his initial Presidential campaign back in 2008.  You can't sell out again if you've already sold out before...come on people, it doesn't work that way.  Here is part of his actual statement:

"With regard to this or any speech involving Wall Street sponsors, I'd just point out that in 2008, Barack Obama raised more money from Wall Street than any candidate in history - and still went on to successfully pass and implement the toughest reforms on Wall Street since FDR."

But, according to the Express, the $400,000 fee from Cantor is nothing compared to the $3.2 million that President Obama got for his speech in Milan at the Seeds and Chips gathering in Milan today, a conference on the impact that technology, innovation and climate change will have on food availability and production worldwide.

“Thanks this edition of Seeds&Chips and thanks to President Barack H. Obama’s extraordinary participation in the Global Food Innovation Summit, the city of Milano - and Italy – are once again the world hub of food and food innovation, a journey that began with Expo 2015,” stated Marco Gualtieri, founder and Chairman of Seeds&Chips. “New technologies can offer us the solutions to tackle some of the major global challenges: food security, nutrition, combatting waste, sustainability and climate change. I believe that Italy can be a key player in this sector by joining innovation and our long-standing tradition of excellence in food. There are hundreds of startups, businesses and companies who are active in this field and at Seeds & Chips our overall goal is to gather them all under one roof with a synergistic action that will enable Milano and Italy to become an international reference point for innovation in food and food-tech”.

So why is this possible?  Can Obama really drop $3.2mm worth of knowledge in 1.5 hours?  Of course not.  Dilbert creator Scott Adams describes the post-presidency speaking circuit best as a "Pre-bribe":

It is illegal to bribe a president. But it is totally legal to pre-bribe one.


Here’s how a pre-bribe works.


When a president leaves office, you offer the ex-president an enormous speaking fee. Let’s say $400,000. The ex-president does the speech and banks the money. The ex-president has no power at that point, so the speaking fee can’t be seen as a bribe because there is no quid pro quo.


But what about the president that is in office while this happens? Do you think the current president notices when the the prior president gets a $400,000 payday for an hour of work?


It would be hard to miss.


So let’s say the company that hired the ex-president asks for a meeting with the current president. Do you think the company gets that meeting? And do you think the current president bends over backwards to get them whatever they need?


He does if he wants a $400,000 payday after leaving office. That’s a pre-bribe.


Totally legal.

And here is what $3.2 million will buy you...1.5 hours of invigorating knowlege transfer fromthe former POTUS:

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medium giraffe's picture

this turd just won't flush

thunderchief's picture

"People get the politicians they deserve."

This guy is more loved today than ever by his supporters.

Enough said.

otschelnik's picture

"Every country gets the government it deserves"  - Joseph de Maistre  1811

nmewn's picture

So he's plagarizing, again, and the fawning Alinskyite press fails to report it, again.

There truly is nothing new under the sun ;-)

D Nyle's picture

History will only remember him as the Racist President

Scanderbeg's picture

His hatred for this country and racial radicalism have poisoned everything. Not to mention his corruption, incompetence, hapless foreign policy and the historically low growth in both terms.

His true, lasting legacy will of course be the cancer of identity politics.

Now they will have to deal with the consequences and they will get more than they bargained for.


jcaz's picture

$3M per gig?

Then he can pay for his OWN fucking Secret Service security.


We The People.

BeansMcGreens's picture

He also plagarzed from Bob Owens, who just happened to kill himself here in North Carolina yesterday at a stop sign just maybe while obama was speaking of all times.

Bob was an advocate of the Second Ammendment, and wrote an interesting Blog. Under his name he wrote "The saddest truth of politics is that the people get the  leaders they deserve."





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Relayer74's picture

about time you got a raise


this message does not deserve punctuation

BabaLooey's picture




OCnStiggs's picture

I guess France got theirs...

sheikurbootie's picture

France is a muslim country.  It was ruined by bad immigration policies of the early 1960's Algerian conflict/collapse.  France welcomed ever Algerian that wanted to leave.  3 fast generations later with very, very few assimilating has ruined France. 

A snake is always a snake.

Paper Mache's picture

If Clinton offers Obongo up as part of a plea deal of some kind,  I wonder if his beloved masses will write to him when he's in jail. 


Great Deceivah's picture

The Joo World Order is now paying this turd for eight years of starting wars, pushing the globalist and multicultural agenda and bankrupting the USA. 

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

Ridiculous that someone would even pay this sucker a dime.

yellensNIRPles's picture

If I had the money I would pay him not to speak around me. Ever.

beemasters's picture

It's obviously a kickback for some job done during his administration.

LittleGreenMan's picture

As the article said, its payment after the fact so that the next president will get the picture and understand that they need to get in bed with all of the corrupt corporations.  Ever wonder how 4 gas stations on the corner of a busy intersection can all have the same price for gas?  They can't get together and collude to control their prices, b/c that is illegal, but they can passively collude.  They have brains and can figure-out how to coordinate the control of their prices w/o getting together and having meetings.  These payments are corrupt industries and industry associations paying-off the past president and signaling to the current president what the game is.  They could pay Obama a million bucks to give his guess on tomorrow's weather.  It's a thinly-veiled scam. 

VWAndy's picture

 The stupid is way better funded. Who would pay that kind of coin to listen to anyone?

Arnold's picture

That kind of event coin should go to a Heavy weight Boxing Match.

Not some lightweight, light in the loafers undercard.

BorisTheBlade's picture

I'd just point out that in 2008, Barack Obama raised more money from Wall Street than any candidate in history - and still went on to successfully pass and implement the toughest reforms on Wall Street since FDR

Phehehehehe, muahahaha.

Greendawg's picture

Every time i hear this pedofaggots name i want to bash his head in with a baseball bat!!

pparalegal's picture

Hey, give him a break. Why not attend the world should eat bugs to save mother nature conference of government funded traugh feeders. Unemployed and looking for furniture for three mansions and Co2 spewing save the earth private jet rides takes money.

But now I know why save the world cow fart taxing Jerry Brown wasn't invited. 

Atomic Punk's picture

Greendawg... pedofaggot! You just coined a new phrase! Lol!!!! I love it!

sony1's picture

Probably norwegian hotel tycoon Petter Stordalen that paid for this, so no pre-bribe, just another politically correct liberal billionaire.

GatorMcClusky's picture

"At some point when you've made enough money...". Hard time remembering who said that.

Arnold's picture

Mother Teresa.
She had a good soul, even if she was a catlick.

thunderchief's picture

"At some point when you've made enough money "

My continuation. .

"You realize you can only sleep under one roof in one bed, wear on pair of underpants a day, eat thee squares, and your last 10 years are going to really suck ass any way you look at it.  So why not make everyone suffer along with you.."


ReignDeer's picture

most expensive party clown on the Planet

Cracker Pipes's picture

Is that a record for a black Ho...

WTFUD's picture

Like McInsane makes the rounds, dishing out Arms to Terrorists, Obama is picking up his ill-gotten for previous banking favours rendered.

Wahooo's picture

The aids is strong in this one.

deerhunter's picture

Think he is a top or bottom kinda guy? Didn't want to pop the question while he was in office as I didn't want to disrespect his title. I think Michael makes the rules. Michael has him out working the global streets. Sell it Barry. Lol

Let it Go's picture

Mommas in America were discouraged in a song many years ago from letting their children grow up to be cowboys, it appears to have been a reasonable decision. Today after viewing the lifestyles associated with many career paths, politics and the route of so-called "public service" seems to offer much potential.

 This career choice appears to have the benefit of sheltering you and extending legal protection that covers you from the responsibilities of your actions. Flying about in private planes politicians are rewarded with generous pensions and superior healthcare benefits far outside the reach of the average citizen. More about this in the article below.


Daddy Cool's picture

Here's your money Obama!  Thank you for screwing over your stupid American constituents, here's your reward.

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

Obama Foundation coming our way? For the children?

ronaldwilsonreagan's picture

This will piss off these trumptards that live paycheck to pay check. It would be OK for them if he was white guy.

Bill of Rights's picture

Take Soro's cock out of your mouth when speaking...

OCnStiggs's picture

"Never let a chance to pay the Race Card go to waste."

Proof again, the Left is the true home of racism.


Peon14's picture

Have you taken a good look at Bill and Hitllary their WHITE no matter what the MSM says?

just the tip's picture

never pass up a chance to change the subject of the thread.

Bill of Rights's picture

Once a dumb cunt always a dumb cunt Just ask Hillery...

adonisdemilo's picture

You would have to pay me a lot more than 3.2 mill before I would sit and listen to to that dumbfuck.

Nunyadambizness's picture

Nah.... pay me $3.2 million and I'd sit there.  I'd be quiet, and even cordial if asked of me.  In my mind I'd be visualizing him self immolating or possibly spontaneously combusting, or somehow or other committing ritual hari kari or maybe simply killing himself because he finally realized what a piece of shit he really is....  Sorry.  Got carried away....  I'm fine now.   Anyway, I'd sit there for the money.  Preferably gold.

moonmac's picture
Piece of shit tells business owners who employ hundreds of Americans and don't make nearly that much that they didn't build that?‎ He's just a fucking scumbag Jig with a $3.2 Million N-Wad in his palm!
To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Long gone are the days of dodgy brown envelopes full of money, for deeds served. Long gone are the days of secretive Swiss bank accounts, for enacting policy for a corporation. For this leaves a trail and reputation in tatters. So Big Business has foud a new way over the last decade and a half.

It is known as the post political career revolving door, corporation advisory role/12 hours a month executive board positions paying $300K per year, or speaking engagements.

These vastly OVER INFLATED prices for speaking engagements, for average ability politicians, former regulatory board officials, ex sec of State et al, is where the payback for all the treason and selling out of the nation legally takes place without any comeback.

It is corruption payments in plain sight and there is nothing any of us can do about it. WTF can Obama, or any former state employee say that is so insightful, that can be worth such a fee? Our western political system has become so rotten, it has become pandemic. The Trump post political career administration will also cash, when their turn comes. Left and Right are as rotten as each other. The whole system needs to be flushed down the toilet and start new. 

bobdog54's picture

Was a grifter, is a grifter and will always be a grifter...

Just too many dumbasses out there, the pickin's are easy.