Thursday, April 27, 2017

Obama 'a dirty capitalist

    Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us'

By Mark Hensch

Meghan McCain on Thursday mocked former President Barack Obama for accepting a fee for speaking at a Wall Street firm, calling him "a dirty capitalist."

“The great irony is that Saint Obama, who is supposed to representing everything that is good and utopian on the left, is actually a dirty capitalist like the rest of us,” McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), said on Fox News’s "Outnumbered."

“I would pay money not to have to sit through a speech from President Obama because I find him that boring. It’s like sitting through every class I hated in college," the co-host added.

Meghan McCain argued that Obama associating with corporate America could tarnish his credibility with progressives.

“But this will hurt him ultimately with people like [Sen.] Elizabeth Warren [D-Mass.], people like [Sen.] Bernie Sanders [I-Vt.], who think all things capitalist, Wall Street-involved is awful and evil,” she said.

“I hope they fillet him the say way they filleted Hillary Clinton,” McCain added, referencing the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

Obama has accepted a reported $400,000 to speak at Cantor Fitzgerald LP’s healthcare conference in September. Cantor, a mid-sized investment bank in New York, reportedly plans on making Obama its keynote speaker for one day of the event.

Obama’s reported speaking fee is nearly twice the price commanded by Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of State.

Eric Schultz, Obama’s spokesman, defended the former president Wednesday by citing financial reforms during his tenure.

“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 [former President Franklin D. Roosevelt]," he said.

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