Alan Wallach

Obama and Wall Street

I resent those decrying Obama’s taking 400K for a speech to Goldman Sachs. He has every right, morally and ethically, to take the fee. It would be interesting to see what he says to them, inasmuch as he hasn’t done them any favors while president and can’t do anything for them now. If they want to part with such a fee, he should take it. It’s easy money. And those who say he doesn’t need it because of his book deal shouldn’t count other people/s money. Why should arbitrary standards be set for a black president. W made no bones about “filling the family’s coffers.” Reagan took 3 million from the Japanese after leaving office. Hillary took fees from Wall Street and opened herself up to conflict of interest by running for president. But a black president has to have a different morality. Give me a break!