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Barack Obama will earn a reported $400,000 for keynoting a Wall Street lunch conference later this year. Critics are saying it's inappropriate and hypocritical for the former president to take so much money from an investment banking firm, particularly given his critiques of Wall Street and their role in the 2008 financial crisis. But his defenders point out he just spoke for free in Chicago—and most ex-presidents make small fortunes as in-demand speakers, why can't he? What do you think? 💰

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Townhall's Matt Vespa was livid:

It looks like the former President Obama is going to be joining the Wall Street club, like his former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, as he’s expected to give a speech to a firm for a fee of $400,000. One speech and he’s made more than most Americans make in their lifetimes. I just don’t want to hear Obama give any more class warfare lectures, or position himself as a working class hero. 
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Even liberals and progressives who would normally side with Obama were upset.

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The former president's defenders say he's no different than his predecessors. In fact, his first public speech was free and in service of public engagement. The day before that, the former Chicago community organizer met with at-risk young men and boys from the Chicago Create Real Economic Destiny program. He can do service and make money at the same time.

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Since the days of Richard Nixon, presidents have made money after they've left office through writing books and speaking engagements. Every single one of them upped their net worth since leaving office—why should Obama be any different?

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But Obama styled himself as a champion of the people and a critic of Wall Street, so even former supporters see this speech as a sellout move.

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Marcus Johnson thinks it's all hypocrisy. All the former (white) presidents have been allowed to charge massive speaking fees. He argues Obama should do the same.

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Is Obama a hypocrite for cashing in on Wall Street speeches?
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