Friday, April 28, 2017
Why am I so disappointed that ex-President Obama has entered the "star" speaking circuit at $400,000 a pop? And, that his first gig is with a Wall Street firm? Some say: "We're only mad when the black guy or the woman (Hillary) want to cash in." And that makes some sense, but doesn't make me feel any better.
Maybe the disappointment comes from an overblown estimate of him (and us) in the first place: decent, well meaning, determined to prove that our better instincts of fairness and inclusion can reach all the way to the top. Could his inner dialogue now be: "They disrespected me at every turn, so now I'll take from them the only thing that matters to them -- amassing the big bucks."
I suspect that Obama is smarter than that. He knows that the $800,000 (so far) and what Michele can add is just a token. Small change to the big boys. And, I suspect that this decent man knows he was a token too. He'll make his bank deposits as he watches his accomplishments "blowin' in the wind."