Former President Barack Obama was paid $400,000 to speak at A&E Network's upfronts on Thursday, according to the New York Post.
This is the second $400,000 payment Obama is set to receive this year for speaking engagements less than 100 days after his departure from office. The New York Times reported he is set to receive another $400,000 check - the same amount as his yearly salary when he was president - from Wall Street to speak at a health care conference in September in New York for trading and investing firm Cantor Fitzgerald LP, which hopes to attract investors.
A&E's History Makers lunch event was hosted by the network's chief Nancy Dubuc and featured historian and Pulitzer prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin interviewing Obama. According to the New York Post, Obama received a standing ovation when he entered the room and was asked about what he missed most about the White House.
Obama has been criticized lately for his paid appearances. Sen. Elizabeth Warren expressed she was "troubled" by the amount.