Hillary Clinton gave an interview to ABC News, and in that interview she makes a shocking claim.
“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Clinton told Sawyer, referring to the hefty legal fees incurred during their White House years. “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.”
How did the Clintons come out of their eight-year co-presidency “dead broke”?
They lived in a house that is owned and paid for by the U.S. taxpayers — the White House.
The American taxpayer picked up the tab for everything that the Clintons did across eight (long) years. We fed them. We bought their clothes. We paid to have them driven and flown around town and around the world.
While we were giving them a very nice, free life, we were also paying Bill Clinton $200,000 per year to be president. Add up that salary across eight (long, scandal-ridden) years and that’s $1.6 million.
What did Mr. and Mrs. Clinton do with all that money, that they ended up “dead broke” after eight years of living all-expenses-paid in public housing? Why didn’t Hillary use that money, work her cattle futures magic, and turn it into tens of millions? Where did it go?
They may have spent some or all of it on legal bills, but there again, if that’s the case, it just suggests unfitness for the office. To quote Hillary, what difference does that make? The legal bills they racked up were the result of Bill’s actions, his serial sexual harassment, his philandering which may have led to secret payoffs, etc. He brought all that on them with his poor personal decision-making. Now we’re supposed to feel sorry for them and not question why they pull in $200,000 per speech?
Update: So, it’s possible, just spitballin’ here, that Hillary Clinton is lying about something?
In an interview with Diane Sawyer to air on Monday evening, Clinton explained that she and her husband had to earn millions from speaking engagements because they were so deep in debt. “We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education — it was not easy,” she told Sawyer.
But in a December 2000 article, the New York Times reported that then-senator-elect Clinton sold her memoir, Living History, to Simon & Schuster for $8 million. The newspaper described the effort to nab her book as a “frantic weeklong bidding war” after she held an open auction on the proposal.