Former First Lady Michelle Obama, who regularly positions herself as a “victim,” was paid over $700,000 for a one-hour speech in Germany.
Michelle Obama once preached in a 2018 speech, “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.”
Michelle Obama spoke at a start-up event held at the annual Oktoberfest beer festival.
The event’s webpage said roughly 5,000 people would be there to hear her speak about how to “push past self-doubt while discussing the importance of inclusivity and diversity.”
According to the organizers, Michelle Obama “topped the list” of prospective speakers to deliver a speech for the event in Germany.
“They really pulled out all the stops to get her,” one source told The Daily Mail.
“It’s one of the highest fees that they have ever paid.”
Since leaving the White House, the Obamas have been raking in the cash.
They received a $65 million deal with Penguin for their memoirs.
They also signed a multi-year contract with Netflix in 2018.
Co-CEO of Netflix, Ted Sarandos, was Obama’s Ambassador to the Bahamas from 2009 to 2011.
In 2019, the Obamas’ company, Higher Ground Productions, demanded that another company, founded in 2008 as Higher Ground Enterprises, renounce its trademark.
Higher Ground Productions asked the US Patent & Trademark Office to cancel the trademark registration for “Higher Ground Enterprises,” the Hollywood Reporter noted.
“Higher Ground Enterprises is run by Hanisya Massey, who, according to her attorney Larry Zerner, is in the business of helping authors publish e-books. … On April 10, a Trademark Examiner refused to register the Obamas’ claimed mark with a nod to the one held by Massey. The Obamas … argued the two marks could co-exist in the marketplace,” the outlet wrote.
The Obamas’ production company stated:
“The consumers of “media production services” covered by the Application are likely to be highly sophisticated. Media production services are generally offered not to individual consumers but to commercial entities and professionals in their field.”
“Indeed, Applicant has entered a deal with Netflix in connection with its media production services. Such customers, whether multi-billion-dollar media companies or smaller commercial entities in need of media production services, will exercise the height of care in selecting a media production company and are highly unlikely to be confused by a photographer or e-book publisher — particularly when the other party uses a distinguishable mark.”
But the US Trademark Office disagreed, countering:
“The overriding concern is not only to prevent buyer confusion as to the source of the goods and/or services, but to protect the registrant from adverse commercial impact due to use of a similar mark by a newcomer.”
“In a petition to cancel, the Obamas essentially allege that Massey doesn’t deserve a trademark because ‘Higher Ground Enterprises’ wasn’t actually in use at the time of its 2016 registration. (An online search turns up some early incorporation filings, though the digital trail at least seems thin.)”
Zerner furiously replied:
“The Obamas have known for almost a year that their Higher Ground trademark application was rejected by the USPTO because it infringed my client’s rights.”
“Instead of simply picking another name, the Obamas’ lawyers have now filed a meritless petition to cancel my client’s trademark so they can take it for themselves.”
“This is really deplorable behavior. I hope that the Obamas realize that these actions are not consistent with the values they preach and that they instruct their attorneys to immediately dismiss the petition.”
The news comes as multiple political commentators and politicians have predicted the Democrats are about to deploy Michelle Obama to take Joe Biden’s place in the 2024 race.
Cruz made the comments on his podcast, “Verdict with Ted Cruz,” predicting that Democrats will “parachute” former First Lady Michelle Obama in to replace Biden, arguing that former President Barack Obama is the “puppet master” running the Biden administration, Breitbart reported.
“They’re looking at polling numbers that show two-thirds of Americans think he’s too old to be president,” Cruz said.
“They’re getting nervous about all of the evidence of Biden corruption — you’ve got Hunter being indicted, you’ve got all the connections to Joe, and then what we’ve seen in recent weeks is the media is turning on them,” he added.
“And remember the role of the media. Sadly, they’re no longer journalists; they no longer report news,” Cruz continued.
“They are the left-wing of the Democrat Party, and when the media turns on the presumed Democrat nominee, I think that is the cutting edge of the Democrat intelligence saying we may have to cut bait and find someone new.”