On the ironic front, John Edwards gave a speech at UC Davis and received a fee of $55,000. Not really newsworthy or interesting until you know the topic — “Poverty, the great moral issue facing America”. Now, that’s funny.
Here’s the clip from the San Francisco newspaper.
Edwards charges $55,000 to speak to UC Davis students about poverty
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, who as a Democratic presidential candidate recently proposed an educational policy that urged “every financial barrier” be removed for American kids who want to go to college, has been going to college himself — as a high paid speaker, his financial records show.
The candidate charged a whopping $55,000 to speak at to a crowd of 1,787 the taxpayer-funded University of California at Davis on Jan. 9, 2006 last year, Joe Martin, the public relations officer for the campus’ Mondavi Center confirmed Monday.
We don’t really care about the fees Edwards charges. Most speakers get big bucks so the fee itself isn’t unusual or necessarily out of line, but $55,000 for a speech on poverty is very ironic.
Good job, John. You’ve provided the laugh for the day, and by missing the irony it tells us which of the “Two Americas” you’re in.