Sanders Rips Obama Over Paid Wall Street Speech: ‘It Is Unfortunate That President Obama Is Doing This’

Washington Free Beacon
April 28, 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) called former President Obama’s decision to accept $400,000 for a Wall Street speech “unfortunate” during an interview Friday on “CBS This Morning.”

“President Obama’s a friend of mine,” Sanders said. “I think he, as president, represented our country with integrity and intelligence, but I think at a time when people are so frustrated with the power of Wall Street and the big-money interests, I think it is unfortunate that President Obama is doing this.”

Sanders told Bloomberg the same when asked about the matter on Thursday. Obama is taking the equivalent of one year’s presidential salary to give a speech at Cantor Fitzgerald’s health care conference in September.

Sanders cited President Trump’s economic adviser, Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs president, as an example of Wall Street’s “incredible power.”

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This article was posted: Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8:03 am

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