Former President Barack Obama is taking some perhaps undeserved heat for agreeing to give a lucrative speech to a Wall Street firm, Cantor Fitzgerald. Or, as Trevor Noah explained, “Obama’s back, are so are the haters.”
Obama’s opponents lament that he is taking such a large sum – $400,000 – because he was so critical of the financial industry while in office. To them, Trevor Noah says:
“I know people may say that it weakens public trust when politicians cash in immediately after leaving office. But at least Obama waited until he left office, unlike this guy, who’s using the White House like an ATM machine. And yeah, don’t get me wrong, I agree the system must change, but it doesn’t change with Obama.”
Noah referred to Donald Trump, who is embroiled in numerous conflicts of interest scandals. Top Senators today announced plans to sue the President for violating the Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution. The issue here should not be one paid speech by a former President, but rather the current President who is blatantly and egregiously using our government to line his own pockets.
Noah, though, was not finished.
“People are like, ‘Why doesn’t he not accept the money?’ No, fuck that. Fuck that. No. No, I’m sorry, so the first black president must also be the first one to not take money afterwards? No, no, no, no, no, my friend. He can’t be the first at everything. Fuck that and fuck you… Make that money Obama.”
And he will.
Watch the entire segment below:
Tonight at 11/10c, Trevor makes the case for Obama's lucrative $400,000 speech to a Wall Street firm. pic.twitter.com/ntwI9iWNBb
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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.