All is not well within the ranks of the country’s liberal elite: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blasted former President Barack Obama for cashing in his influence as the outgoing commander in chief for a $400,000 windfall from Wall Street, which also regularly lavished Democratic rival Hillary Clinton with six-figure payouts.
During a Friday appearance on “CBS This Morning,” Sanders, who based much of his grassroots primary campaign on his strident opposition to Wall Street and everything it stands for, found himself at odds with Obama.
“President Obama’s a friend of mine,” he said. “I think he, as president, represented our country with integrity and intelligence, but I think at a time when people are so frustrated with the power of Wall Street and the big-money interests, I think it is unfortunate that President Obama is doing this.”
Reports indicate that Obama has agreed to speak at a Wall Street health care conference in September hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald LP for the tidy sum of $400,000, a move that as even further outraged the disenfranchised progressive faction of the Democratic Party that Sanders courted.
“I would have hoped that the president would not have given as speech like this,” Sanders concluded.
As to whether he would jump at the opportunity to rake in nearly half a million dollars from Wall Street in exchange for a simple speech, Sanders laughed off the question.
“If Wall Street offered me that, yeah – I don’t want Wall Street’s money, but I must tell you, I really don’t have to worry about that,” he quipped. “I haven’t gotten too many invitations from Wall Street.”