Former President Barack Obama spoke to the Chamber of Commerce in Montreal on Tuesday, warning against income inequality and the concentration of wealth—remarks from a man who reportedly commanded $400,000 for his Canadian speech, which comes out to $7K a minute.
It's kinda like Obama flying across the country in a 747 to give a speech on climate change.
Obama said the world must do more to combat income inequality, noting that the concentration of wealth fans fears that governments exist solely to benefit the powerful, NBC reported.$7K a minute
“That’s a recipe for more cynicism and more polarization, less trust in our institutions and less trust in each other,” Obama said.
“And it’s part of what leads people to turn to populist alternatives that may not actually deliver,” Obama said in a thinly disguised jab at President Donald Trump without naming his successor specifically.
According to the Toronto Star, not everyone could afford to see the man calling for the end of income inequality.
“Obama has reportedly demanded a $400,000 (U.S.) speaking fee for at least two other speeches,” the Star wrote.
“One Canadian source, who was unaware of the payment details, said such a price tag—which works out in Canadian dollars to roughly $7,700 for every minute Obama spent on the Montreal stage—would not be a great surprise,” the outlet continued.