Vale Colvinius. Mark Colvin - 13 March 1952 - 11 May 2017
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$4.3 million for Obama to give a climate change talk. Saving the planet doesn't come cheap.


I thought Obama and crew believed in climate change and were chipping in to do whatever they could to advance the cause of the planet.

I was partly right - Obama seems to be taking every opportunity to speak on his pet subject - but it's not love of the planet or his fellow man that's driving him.

It's money.

There's not a lot new in this speech - except the price tag.  $3.2M US or $4.3M Australian.

If I had shares in The Clintons I'd be selling, there's a mega-competitor on the block.

Britain's Express newspaper  has this report

BARACK Obama will reportedly pocket a staggering £2.5million (€3million) today for delivering a speech to a sold-out audience in Milan as part of his lucrative post-presidential speaking tour. 

The former President, who has already earned hundreds of thousands of dollars for private speeches since leaving the White House, will make his highest-paying appearance yet at the Global Food Innovation Summit today.

President Obama flew into Italy’s business capital yesterday, and according to local media headed straight for the extravagant Park Hyatt hotel, which can cost up to £7,100 (€8,400) a night.

After bringing the city to a standstill with a convoy of 14 cars, a helicopter and a 300-strong police escort, President Obama’s entourage reportedly took over two floors of the hotel.

The former Commander-in-Chief also took a private tour of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana museum, and the city’s cathedral.

President Obama has enjoyed weeks of holidaying since leaving Washington on January 20, including kite-surging lessons with Richard Branson.

In a move that was highly criticised even by former colleagues, he picked up £310,0000 ($400,000) last week for a speech to Wall Street bankers – which he accepted in September while he was still President.

President Obama will give his speech in Milan at Seeds and Chips, a conference on the impact that technology, innovation and climate change will have on food availability and production worldwide.

After the address, he will take part in a conversation with Sam Kass, the Obamas’ White House chef who also helped run Michelle Obama’s public health campaign.