From the Guardian here:
The reason many of us have been critical of Barack Obama’s outrageous $400,000 speaking fee is that it robs us of a fantasy: that sooner or later, the first black president was going to use his considerable powers, in or out of office, to help the economic ravages of the poor, who are disproportionately black.
That Obama’s project was or ever would be racial and economic justice was always a dream – and the sooner we let go of this and recognize Obama for who he is and what he does, the better we’ll all be.
I must have had fifty arguments with fake liberals, fake Democrats, big money faux progressives, all of ’em.
I always took the line that Obama played at being a transformational President without the strength for conflict that being transformational involves.
Everything around the edges preserving Wall Street and preserving the corporate health care business.
And now he’s cashing it in and showing he was never about transformation but rather middle of the road business dealing.