Common man Barack Obama gave a recent speech where he lectured the audience on the dangers of wealth inequality while he made roughly 8x more than the average person will make in a year.
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 a speech, or $7,700-a-minute at that rate, for his Canadian speech.
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.
“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.
“A dim-lit hall laid out for a rock star, a red-carpet stroll for giddy VIPs and video screens for the rest of the roughly 6,000 who were neither sufficiently wealthy nor connected to get a front-row seat,” the Star reported.
What an absolute hypocrite!
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 7, 2017