The onetime executive editor of The New York Times has chewed out former President Barack Obama for taking $400,000 to speak at a Wall Street conference hosted by investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald.
"One of the most attractive things about having Barack and Michelle Obama in the White House was the absence of ethical conflicts. They seemed to have impeccable moral judgment and real family values," Jill Abramson writes Thursday in The Guardian.
"And, thanks to a $65m book deal with Penguin Random House, and a pot of money from the former president's previous books, they are not in bad shape financially."
But, Abramson argues, with Republicans in control of the White House and Capitol Hill, Democrats need "their brightest star."
"It's going to take a long time for new leaders to emerge, and [Democratic Sens.] Bernie and Elizabeth Warren cannot be the only loud voices speaking out against this new regime," she says. "Speak, Obama, speak. Just not for money."
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