Bill Maher has never been shy about his opinions, whether political or religious. He’ll criticize the Democrats and Republicans alike – although his disdain does seem to be weighted toward the Republicans. And of course Christians.
The Real Time host – while he did contribute financially to Hillary Clinton’s campaign – has had no trouble harshly criticizing her for her Wall Street ties. And for lots of other things.
While both Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigned on bringing down Wall Street ‘fat cats,’ both have benefited substantially from their support. Like Hillary Clinton told an audience at a giant Wall Street firm, she has ‘public’ opinions and ‘private’ ones. Her public opposition to Wall Street was for show. But privately, they liked each other. That’s the essence of how to be a successful politician.
Recently, Obama agreed to speak before a Wall Street firm and charged $400,000 for an hour of his time. Bill Maher wondered, “Isn’t that what sort of cost Hillary the election?”
Former GOP communications director Tara Setmayer defended Obama’s decision.
“Personally, as long as he’s not running for office again, I don’t care how much money he makes,” Setmayer told Maher. “If people want to pay him that, it’s a free market value. Who cares?”
Maher responded by noting the crushing criticism Hillary Clinton got during the presidential election for her paid Wall Street speeches.
“But wait a second, the current president is trying to undo all of his Wall Street regulations, and then he goes to Wall Street and takes [money]. Isn’t that what sort of cost Hillary the election?” he asked.
“Are those ‘horrible’ speeches she made to Wall Street and she couldn’t release the transcripts of it?”
Actor and liberal activist Rob Reiner said the comparison isn’t applicable because unlike with Clinton’s speeches, Obama’s are coming after his political career is entirely over.
“The difference is, ‘Are you in the pocket of Wall Street?’ And [Hillary Clinton] was running for office. He’s not running for anything right now.”
Maher responded that Reiner’s stance seemed hypocritical.
“It kind of looks like, ‘When he’s on our team, we’re okay with it,’ ” said Maher.
“You could say that when a guy is president, he’s looking ahead to that $400,000 payday, and he’s not going to get it if, while he’s president, he’s going to do something to piss them off. So isn’t the best thing to do to take your $10 million book deal? Can’t you live off that?”
Obama landed $65 million for a joint book deal in March, the largest amount ever paid for a presidential memoir.
This has a lot of anti-Trump stuff at the beginning. If you don’t want to hear it, skip ahead to about 4 minutes in: