A Fox news editor criticized former US president Barack Obama for his reported bid on a 15-million dollar house in Martha’s Vineyard.
Carol Roth called the Obamas’ initiative a “statement of hypocrisy” since on many previous occasions Obama has sermonized against the flaunting of wealth and the ostentatious squandering of money by wealthy individuals. In 2018 the former president said that “There’s only so much you can eat. There’s only so big a house you can have. There’s only so many nice trips you can take. I mean, it’s enough.”
Apparently however when it comes to Obama himself, a house can be pretty big. The Martha’s Vineyard property boasts 29 acres, 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and many other amenities.
Obama also famously spoke out during his 2012 campaign regarding those who believe that their riches belong only to them. He emphasized the infrastructure behind all of the wealth, stating that:
“There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me – because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t – look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges–if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
“The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.” Obama used this rationale to justify his refusal to grant tax breaks to the wealthy, since they enjoy the infrastructure which enabled them to gain their wealth. On
another occasion he chided the “cold-hearted, free-market, capitalist types” who “pretty much have more than you’ll ever be able to use and your family will ever be able to use” and called on them to “give that excess up so the government can invest it in federal programs.”
Yet Obama, who was modestly wealthy until he made a 65 million dollar book deal after his presidency concluded, has failed to live up to his own values, charges Roth.
“Too many in Democratic leadership peddle the politics of envy and victimhood to grab power, wealth and success for themselves. They indulge their followers in the lie that someone getting wealthy comes at someone else’s expense. While this is offensive, it is made worse by the fact that they do it specifically for their own gain, making the political class more powerful and the government more bloated all while damaging the concept of the American Dream.”