Sen. Bernie Sanders has said that former’s President Barack Obama’s decision to accept a $400K speaking fee from a Wall Street group is “distasteful.”
Sanders was joined by another progressive, Sen. Elisabeth Warren, in expressing disappointment at Obama’s money grab. Warren said the that Obama’s decision “troubled” her.
During the 2016 campaign, Sanders was vocal in disapproving the fees that Hillary Clinton was collecting from banks and other organizations.
CNN reported Sanders as saying:
Look, Barack Obama is a friend of mine, and I think he and his family represented us for eight years with dignity and intelligence. But I think at a time when we have so much income and wealth inequality … I think it just does not look good. It’s not a good idea, and I’m sorry President Obama made that choice.
— Sen. Bernie Sanders
Obama spokesman, Eric Schultz found no reason for concern.
As we announced months ago, President Obama will deliver speeches from time to time,” Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to Obama, said in a statement Wednesday. Some of those speeches will be paid, some will be unpaid, and regardless of venue or sponsor, President Obama will be true to his values, his vision, and his record.