According to the U.K.’s Express online newspaper, former president Barack Obama was paid the equivalent of over $3 million for his recent speech to the Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy. Three million dollars! Obama flew into the Italian business capital on a private jet and was promptly ensconced in the ultra-ritzy Park Hyatt Hotel, where accommodations can cost up to $9,000 a night, according to local media. His posse of approbative aiders and abettors took over two floors of the famous hotel, after arriving via a 14-car-convoy, which also sported a helicopter and a 300-strong police escort that nearly brought the city to a standstill.
Mr. Obama gave his short speech at Seeds and Chips, a conference focusing on the impact that technology, innovation and climate change will have on food availability and production worldwide.
I have an innovative idea: why don’t we re-direct the staggering sums of money that the Global Food Innovation Summit officials threw at ex-community organizer and vile hypocrite Barack Obama towards feeding those whose lives might actually depend on the success of an entity like Global Food Innovation.
If Obama beatifically bloviated for an hour and a half, or even had heroically touted his own superior concern for the have-nots of the world for two full hours, that would make him the recipient of a one-and-a-half-million-dollar-an-hour wage rate, if the early online reports were accurate. That’s substantially more than the minimum $15-an-hour rate contemporaries in his own party are pushing for, isn’t it? Why, that would put his earnings far above even those of the “one-percent.”
Instead of obscenely rewarding a former president- who consistently bashed the rich- for flapping his jaws, perhaps the money he received for making a relatively brief speech could have been better utilized to feed thousands of starving people for a year.
If there were justice in this world, Obama would put his money where their mouths are.