It took “a village” to write Hillary’s latest tome, but it may take a city-sized team of professionals to get her out of this latest debacle.
In the acknowledgments for “Hard Choices” Hillary credits her “book team” for “making sense of her scribbles.” Nevertheless, this experienced politician committed a colossal blunder in one of the first interviews to promote her latest memoir, which is seen as a dry run for her 2016 presidential campaign.
One wonders how ABC anchor Diane Sawyer managed to keep a straight face Monday night when one of the most pampered women in the world opined:
“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Boohoo! Sob, sob! “We had no money when we got there and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”
Either Hillary thinks the country has collective amnesia, or she believes that the America people are so dumb that we have no knowledge of anything except the little bits of information she decides to feed us when it serves her purpose.
We the (little) people wait for her to scatter pieces of her reality (which has no relationship to actual reality) like pearls before swine.
“People who are dead broke can’t buy a sprawling multi-million mansion in Chappaqua, New York, as the Clintons did in 1999 before they exited the White House in 2001. It has five spacious bedrooms for the two of them, as well as a guest house for their well-heeled friends. In addition, the property has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, tennis court, wet bar and sun room.
No one should have to live in such poverty!
As if that weren’t enough, the Clinton’s bought a second home on Washington, D.C.’s Embassy Row for a cool $2.85 million.
But even that wasn’t enough for the Clintons. Each year they rent a posh estate in the Hamptons for several weeks. The exact rent is unknown, but homes like the 12,000-square-foot mansion they rented at Georgica Beach last year typically go for $100,000 a week. Gee, a girl’s got to have a little fun!
If the Clintons had little or no money in the bank when they exited the White House it would have been for a brief moment in time. All living former presidents are granted a pension. Presently, it is $199,700 per year or five times the median income in this country. In addition, they get an office ($579,000 for Bill’s fancy one in New York as of 2010), a staff, travel funds and franking privileges.
It’s true the Clinton’s had legal bills, due to Bill’s philandering and for “intentionally false” testimony in Jones v. Clinton, which led to the Lewinsky scandal and his impeachment. In 1999, despite an expensive legal team, he was fined $90,000 by an Arkansas court. In 2001, he paid another $25,000 fine and surrendered his law license for five years to avoid disbarment.
Nevertheless, before you entertain this pity party, consider that the Clintons had a legal defense fund that covered all, or nearly all, of those expenses. It seems the sins of the powerful are willingly covered by others. Donors to the Clintons’ legal defense fund included such notables as singer Tony Bennett, actor Robert DeNiro, writer Stephen King, investment banker Steven Rattner, Hollywood producer Lew Wasserman and Robert L. Johnson, the president of the Black Entertainment Television.
Let us not forget that Hillary also had an $8 million advance for her first memoir, “Living History” as she was going out the door of the White House, so they were hardly dead broke as she claimed.
One year later, the disclosure forms filed by Hillary when she ran for the Senate placed the couple’s assets between $781,000 and $1.8 million.
If Hillary wants us to feel sorry for her, clearly she is barking up the wrong book jacket. She may have struggled as a college student. However, after she made the decision to latch on to Bill Clinton’s coattails, the rest is history, a living history that is not recorded in any of her memoirs but is a matter of record for anyone with a memory or a gift for research.
Clearly, Bill and Hillary have their own vocabulary. In 1998 Bill famously lectured us on the meaning of the word “is.” Perhaps now Hillary will enlighten us on the meaning of “dead broke.”
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