CHICAGO: Obamas To Personally Donate $2 Million To Summer Jobs Program For Young People [VIDEO]

The Washington Examiner reports:

Former President Barack Obama revealed Wednesday his intention to donate $2 million to a summer jobs program for young people in Chicago. He made the announcement while at a roundtable about his soon-to-be-built presidential center and library in Chicago. The completion of that project is “about four years” away, Obama said.

However, the programming of this effort, Obama said, he intends to start this year. “We don’t want to wait for a building … this is about reaching out right now,” he said. Obama said Chicago, where he got his start as a community organizer before jumping into politics, “has never looked more beautiful.”

  • Tawreos

    Trump will be donating 3 million to the Trump foundation to help him play more golf

    • bkmn

      at Trump owned properties only.

    • So…that’ll cover this weekend. What about the one after that?

    • safari

      And by donation we mean coupon. And by coupon we mean he’ll release a press announcement and how dare you do a followup.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    But fuck him for taking $400K from Wall Street Bankers, right? Better the bankers have kept the speech money to dole out as bonuses, right?

    • Blake Mason

      Didn’t even have to set up a foundation to do it.

    • The left-bros have always been out of touch. God forbid the first black president gets paid like any other president.

      • Jukesgrrl

        Yes, ex-presidents always charge hundreds of thousands of dollars when they’re speaking to groups that can easily afford it. Does anyone think W. puts on a suit and tie and gets a speech written for him for less than a quarter of a million?

      • DonnaLee

        Trump said he got paid a million dollars for a speech, but it wasn’t, it was $600,000 and he said the even million was his estimating the promotion of his brand to be worth $400,000.

        But he’s an old white guy, so he can brag about speaking fees.

    • Lantor

      I hope he takes that $400K and gives them a good talking down too.

    • Sam_Handwich

      you said “But fuck him”

    • Scribble Writer 🌹 ☭

      How about fuck him for taking the $400k and fuck the bankers also.

    • Gerry Fisher

      That speaking fee has nothing to do with whether he deserves to speak for money (of course he does) or whether he can do good things with the money (of course he can) or whether he can give the Wall Street folks a good talking too (yep, he’s perfectly capable of doing that). It’s about optics and the ability of the Democratic Party–at this critical point in time–to move forward with a coherent message and an image that can instill trust and win over more voters. The Wall Street gig doesn’t help in that regard. (It doesn’t kill our efforts, but it doesn’t help.)

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        Why does our side continue to let the other side frame and define the narrative? We need to become KellyAnne Conway (gag). KellyAnne, is the sky blue? “Well many people enjoy talking about the weather, but more people are talking about Hillary’s emails.”

        When asked about Obama’s fees, imagine responses like:

        “Everyone agrees Wall Street has too much influence in politics. Obama is taking money from Wall Street, but he’s not putting them in his cabinet. Do you think its appropriate to have Steve Mnuchin in the Situation Room discussing military actions?”

        “Obama is very public and transparent about his post Presidential activities. What’s not transparent is the massive amounts of money Wall Street uses to influence elections. We haven’t seen Trump’s taxes and because of Citizens United, unlimited amounts of money can be funneled into politics. How much is coming from Wall Street? How much is coming from Russia?”

        See? If the Democrats were learn how to play offense and get more aggressive, Obama’s speech would be barely noteworthy, instead of an ongoing subject of endless discussion.

  • JWC

    What a class act the Obama’s are without an effort thet soo outclass Trump and Tramp

  • Blake Mason

    Which is why I have no problem with him getting a $400K speaking fee.

  • Rex

    Thanks, Obama.

  • ScubaBearLA

    I love this man.

  • MikeBx2

    I wish the Obamas would start their own country and allow me to live there. (I’m kidding. Maybe.)

    • Bj Lincoln

      As much as I hate to move, I would follow them anywhere.

    • i don’t like him at all, but i would certainly go there, if Michelle were in charge. he’s tired, and deserves retirement. but she would make us a Nirvana sort of space, also too with fresh vegetables. 😉

  • Boreal

    Ramen for the Obamas.

    • Todd20036

      There’s a great ramen restaurant near me, too

  • bkmn

    O/T – damn power outage ruining my chill day after running to the big city yesterday. Hope the power stays on now.

    • Boreal
    • safari

      They replaced my building’s electric meter today, so I lost power for a whole second during the switchover. I still have to reset my clocks.

      • bkmn

        Yeah, it is a pain in the ass running around the house to see which clocks need to be adjusted. On the bright side my old POS car’s headlights were getting really cloudy and hazy. I got a 3M headlight reconditioning kit on ebay and just fixed my headlights for under $30 – the dealership wanted $150 and 3 hours to do the same thing.

    • danolgb

      I thought you said “chili” day.. which I have had that experience to go home and find that the slow cooker had turned off and my chili was now just a pot of room temp botulism.

      • bkmn

        Well it also messed with my plan to slow roast some pork shoulder this morning to make pulled pork. The house is smelling good this afternoon though.

  • bkmn

    I see Warren got some pushback on her criticism of Obama taking the speaking fee (which was entirely legal and violated ZERO ethics rules since Obama is no longer in office). I wonder how much of her book advances Warren has donated.

    • Jukesgrrl

      People who criticize high speaking fees don’t have any idea how speakers’ fees work. The people who paid Obama that money were perfectly willing to pay it — and MORE than able. Speakers’ agents set the price based on how able the buyer is and how interested the seller is to engage with that audience. Steph Curry might not want to speak to a group of insurance agents, but he will if they pay him enough. He might, however, speak to a bunch of high school kids for a pittance. In Obama’s or Hillary’s cases, why shouldn’t they redistribute Wall Street wealth by taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from fatcats? I should think Warren and Sanders would be happy about that. It’s not as if they’re charging the American Cancer Society $400,000.

      • Gerry Fisher

        >People who criticize high speaking fees don’t have any idea how speakers’ fees work.

        Really? You don’t think that Warren has an idea about how speaker’s fees work?! The rest of your post can be summarized as “supply and demand” (negotiated by an agent). It’s not rocket science.

  • Scribble Writer 🌹 ☭

    I’m not fooled by this stunt nor the charitable money given by Gates, Zuckerberg etc. If you have this much money to give away in the first place there’s a problem and you amassed your wealth on the broken backs of working class people. There is no way to become this wealthy without doing so. Rich people are not your friends.

    • It’s funny because y’all assume the “working class” are the people Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, and the Jacobin Magazine are trying to get us to coddle when the majority of the real working class looks and have the heritage of a person like Obama.

      I should also clarify that my overall belief is heavily socialist but that I don’t believe in a socialist view that ignores racism. The attack against Obama is no different than the burning of Black Wall Street in Oklahoma. It’s the fear of Black excellence that drives it, not the banks.

      • danolgb

        That’s what drives me crazy. When Bernie says “working class” he really does often clarify that he means white people. It really irks me that somehow people of color are excluded from “working class.”

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          In fairness, I work in a neighborhood that is highly working class and not white at all. Bernie’s speeches never seemed to resonate there, and perhaps rightly so, but in everyday parlance, I’ve heard the term used to describe both Philadelphia’s white neighborhoods as well as neighborhoods of people of color all the time.

    • Snarky

      So is what you’re saying that there should be a sort of socialism, in which people share what they earn? I get that. But if that’s the system, then how is it a bad thing when wealthy people actually *do* share what they earn, like the Obamas say they will?

      I’m not going to earn enough money to be able to donate $2M to a summer jobs program for kids who need it. I’m glad there is someone who *can* afford to make such a donation, and they’re doing it.

      We don’t live in a purely socialist society. If the market says Obama, Zuckerberg, Oprah, Warren Buffett, etc. are worth having this much money thrown at them for doing what they do, that’s fine. All four of the people I mentioned got to where they are on the value of their ideas and their drive to succeed in their chosen fields. Them being successful hurts me in no way at all. My back isn’t broken because of them.

      Though I do kind of hate Zuckerberg because I think Facebook sucks. But that’s a different topic entirely.

    • danolgb

      Too bad that socialist you fawn over doesn’t feel the need to share the wealth. In the one year of taxes he released, we learned he only donates half as much as a percentage of his income as the Clintons do.

  • i can’t remember who Chimpy donated to, when he retired. and where is his “library?” by which of course i mean, “the store that sells a children’s book about goats.”

    • BudClark

      The “library” is at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and the alumni are FURIOUS!

  • Ninja0980

    Where are Bernie and Elizabeth to weigh in on this?

    • Randy Ellicott

      too busy blowing smoke up their own [email protected]@ …. OK probably not Warren, she is not quite at the Bernie level of incompetent resistance leader…

      • Todd20036

        Not quite. Bernie endorsed an LBGT hater.

        • Randy Ellicott

          Thanks edited it that’s what i meant!

      • edrex

        [email protected]@[email protected]” plural — i try not to be a grammar nuisance, but i wanted to see what that looked like when spelled with @’@.

  • And Trump will be issuing a EO momentarily to prevent Obama from doing it.

  • Off-topic PSA:
    Seems there’s a spate right now of people receiving Google Docs sharing invitations unsolicited. Primary targets appear to be bloggers & journalists, but it could be more widespread than that.

    If you were not expecting a Google Doc invitation (usually done for collaboration or sharing purposes), DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK. When malign, it is what is known as a phishing attempt, which can compromise your computer.

  • TampaDink

    But, but, but didn’t he just rake in tons from giving a speech? So, this is ill gotten money, right?

  • dcurlee

    There are givers and there are takers. I think we know who is who

  • another_steve

    He got the memo.

    That $400,000 speaking fee looked bad.

    Very bad.

    • but nobody in the media ever talked about how much chimpy makes these days. he’s a Famous Painter, dontcha know. he’s raising all sorts of brushes, for nobody. but himself and his ego.

    • Randy Ellicott

      He didn’t need the memo, he took a speaking job, and has been donating for years. When people feed into the fake pearl grasping that that story was they just sound silly.

      • another_steve

        Respectfully disagree. The optics of that — coming at this particular point in American political history — were awful. The Washington Post (not an anti-Obama rag) has had pieces on point.

        Awful, and potentially damaging to Democrats in the coming 2018 elections.

        • vstill

          Respectfully disagree. See my reply to chicago dyke just below this post.

        • Randy Ellicott

          No the optics were bad on those who raised a stink about it. So a black man who was president gets paid less than other other presidents to do a talk to some people for Wall Street, and even before anyone found out what he was going to be talking about everyone started clutching pearls… Context is everything, and everything this man did shows that he is committed to making this country a better place and if you really think that an ex president taking $400,000 for a speech is in any way comparable to any GOP candidates connection to the ultra wealthy , well you are playing right in to the GOP’s plan, congratulations.

    • danolgb

      Actually, even when the Obama’s had a “limited” income while in office, they had a history of donating large amounts.

    • $400,000 is about the going rate he would expect for a speech — and time spent to the destination — and perhaps the most popular person in the entire world right now. People will come to an event to hear him speak. He adds prestige. Although it is a huge amount of money, it is what he is worth. Why should he not go for it? I see nothing wrong with it. If he were a movie star, he would be worth about 50 million for three or four months worth of work on a film. The math works out to be the same. He never said he was Ghandi or Jesus Christ incarnate.

      • another_steve

        “Looked bad,” Eddi.

        Looked bad, at this particularly time in American politics.

  • Cuberly

    I know some people may not like the design, but I sure do. Having the added green space the energy saving design. I’d say this is a fitting approach.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Obama was a man who was a real, actual president. I’m sorry you lost him.

    • Todd20036

      He term limited out.

      • JaniceInToronto

        I’m sorry he was term limited out then.

        He’s still gone, either way.


        • edrex

          imagine how andrew jackson felt.

          • JaniceInToronto

            That poor man. I just feel so sorry for him that he missed out on the civil war.


      • BudClark

        The Republicans term-limited out the President in order to get rid of FDR, who (I think) had just won a FOURTH term. Sadly, he died shortly thereafter.

  • BudClark

    God BLESS President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama!

    Trump, show us the money, you penny-pinching bastard!

    • edrex

      for me, the problem is not that trump is a “penny pincher.” the problems is that he’s a cheat.

      • RemusL

        And it’s not pennies that 45 has a penchant for pinching. Or grabbing.

  • andrew

    Obama was an inspiration as president and I have no doubt that he will continue to inspire many and do great things as a private citizen.

  • CottonBlimp

    Anyone notice the order of blog posts on JMG? You’ve got this story about the Obamas donating 2 million dollars of their own money to make the world a better place, and right below, there’s Ben Carson promising to add needless misery onto the backs of the poor while talking about “compassion”.

  • Henry Auvil

    Yet Elizabeth Warren and the Berniebots are whining about him taking 400K for a speech to Wall Street. This is where that money is going.

    • danolgb

      In this very comment thread!

  • justme

    …and little Donnie WILL donate what???