Expert Available: Obama In Africa Rails Against Capitalism, Trump, Touts Liberal Push For Universal Income


“Former President Barack Obama, in a rare post-presidency speech abroad, took several thinly veiled shots at his successor and other populist “right-wing billionaires” — while openly touting a controversial liberal push for “universal income.”

In one of his biggest speeches since leaving the White House, Obama delivered the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday. He used the platform to rail against populist movements, which have gained strength in the U.S. and Europe.


“There’s only so much you can eat,” he exclaimed with a grin. “There’s only so big a house you can have. There’s only so many nice trips you can take.”

After exiting the White House last year, the former president and Michelle Obama were photographed vacationing in various exotic locales around the world, including French Polynesia and Italy, among other spots.

“I mean, it’s enough. You don’t have to take a vow of poverty just to say, ‘Let me help out a few of the other folks,'” the 44th president said to applause from the audience.”