‘I Was Troubled By That’: Elizabeth Warren Criticizes Obama For $400K Wall Street Speech
Wednesday, we posted about Neil Cavuto of Fox Business wondering where the criticism was for Former President Barack Obama following word that he is slated to give a lucrative speech to a Wall Street audience. The 44th President is scheduled to appear at a conference run by Cantor Fitzgerald — a Wall Street investment bank — for which he will receive $400,000. Cavuto wanted to know why Obama wasn’t being called out for taking the gig.
Well, Cavuto can rest easy, because on Thursday, the Obama criticism he was seeking was delivered. And moreover, it came from one of the most noted progressives in America.
Appearing on SiriusXM’s Alter Family Politics, Senator Elizabeth Warren got on the former President’s case for accepting the $400,000 fee to speak for the Wall Street crowd.
“I was troubled by that,” Warren said.
It goes to a larger theme of Warren’s, who believes money is “a snake that slithers through Washington.” She detailed a number of ways on which money has impacted the federal government:
The money that goes into hiring lobbyists, but it’s also the money that goes into bought-and-paid-for experts, the money that goes into think tanks that have theses shadowy funders. And the think tanks always come up with the things the shadowy funders want them to come up with. Even advertising – I talk about the studies that show when an industry takes out ads it changes news coverage. I even talk about the United States Supreme Court and how much more pro-corporate it is becoming because of money that’s being spent in Washington.
The Senator added:
“The influence of dollars on this place is what scares me. I think it ultimately threatens democracy.”
Also in the interview, Warren was informed that her new book reached No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list. This pleased the Senator. But she was far more excited to hear that the person she replaced in the top spot was none other than Bill O’Reilly.
“Oh! Sweet!” Warren said, clearly overjoyed. “Sweet! Oh, you just made my morning!”
Listen above, via Sirius XM’s Alter Family Politics, which airs Thursday mornings at 10 am ET on SiriusXM Radio Andy channel 102.
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