Want something to be exceptionally thankful for this weekend?
Be thankful Barack Obama is not your president – and that Donald Trump is.
If you don’t feel that way today, try this: Watch his clip from his appearance at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago where he stumbled through an incoherent talk on climate change (I think, you decide), doing what he does best – criticizing others for carrying around too much “hate, anger, racism” and, after stumbling around for the right word of phrase, coming up with “mommy issues.”
I’m not sure if the man is just intellectually lazy in his new life on his way to billionaire status, or consumed by hate of his successor like no other president.
Maybe you didn’t know that Obama is on the way to becoming a billionaire?
That’s what we’re learning now as this he follows the Clintons’ pathway to prosperity for essentially doing nothing.
First, someone ghostwrote a book called “Becoming” for Michelle Obama – providing an advance of $65 million, which will never earn half of it out. She also shares with him a $50 million Netflix deal and a 10-city U.S. tour and sales of merchandise connected to her autobiography.
Next, she’s being asked to speak to corporations for $225,000 a pop. Sound familiar?
That’s on top of raking in $20.5 million in salaries and other royalties for books they didn’t write between 2005 and 2016.
Forbes estimates they are already worth $135 million – not counting the speeches.
And that brings me back to the sample speech above. Please watch it if you want to plummet the depths his illogical, non-meaningful, disjointed, rambling for a few minutes of strange entertainment.
How much does he make for appearances like this – at his own foundation? $400,000! He got $1.2 million for three other equally lazy speeches to Wall Street barons in 2017. That’s on top of the $207,800 annual presidential pension he gets from you – the taxpayers of America.
Guess how else he makes money? By giving speeches to health-care conferences and financial services companies – quid pro quos for services performed as president and propagandist in chief.
Michelle’s book, by the way, was released in Australia, Ireland, South Africa, the UK, India and New Zealand in 25 languages around the world. Not surprisingly, the presumptuously and mysteriously titles “Becoming” got the nod from the Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club.
Tickets for “A Conversation with Michelle Obama” at sports venues across the country have also become a hot commodity. Prices for Obama’s appearance at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center next month currently range from $307 to $4,070, which includes a photo with Michelle Obama and a signed copy of “Becoming.”
And that’s just the beginning. In addition to cash from appearances and book sales, Obama will be hawking 25 different items of merchandise connected to the book, many of which bear her likeness and feature inspirational messages like “Find Your Voice” and “Find Your Flame and Keep It Lit.”
But it’s all in the name of charity, you see. Because she gives away an astonishingly generous 10 percent to Global Girls Alliance, another Barack Obama Foundation initiative – another way to make lots of money on the misfortunes of others.
What are they doing for $50 million from Netflix? It’s a little nebulous: A multiyear deal for which they “produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docuseries, documentaries and features,” which will be broadcast in 190 countries – like it or not.
But back to the content, the messages, the words.
If you haven’t yet taken my advice and watch his breathtakingly pointless recent message, here are some snippets:
- “The reason we don’t” invest in (climate change policies) “is because we are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism – mommy issues.”
- “I mean, we – we are we are fraught with stuff … and – and so if that’s the case then the single most important thing that we have to invest in is not all – and look I’m a huge supporter of science and technological research and social science and, you know, evidence-based learning and all that good stuff. I’m – I’m – people call me Spock for a reason, I believe in reason and logic and all these enlightenment values, but the thing that really we have to invest in is people. We got to get people to figure out how they work together – in a – you know, how do we get people to work together in a cooperative, thoughtful, constructive way.
- “I was having a conversation with a friend, who was depressed about the current course of our country – it’s a conversation that happens a lot. I had to remind him that this is what happens. Societies are these incredibly complex, organic things that sometimes moves forward and sometimes takes a step back.”
- “This is a heavy burden. But what a joyous burden to have this grand adventure where you can literally remake the world right now because it badly needs remaking. If you could blindly choose when you wanted to be born, you’d choose now … Or – maybe two years ago.”
Get it? Got it? Was that worth the time and the money? Does this man have anything worth saying? Are you better off now than before you listened?