OK, I think there are any number of reasons why Ms. Clinton should not be considered for the presidency. But I guess I need to add delusion to the list. I think she’s conniving, ruthless, a crony capitalist, an opportunist, and generally a political hack. But I didn’t think she wandered around in an alternate reality. Does she seriously believe that even her supporters are buying this nonsense?
(From The Weekly Standard)
“Well, when we came out of the White House, we were deeply in debt because of all the legal bills that we owed because of the relentless persecution of my husband and myself, and he had to work unbelievably hard to pay off every single penny of every debt we owed. And we did,” Clinton responds.
The magazine posits, “Today, you are multimillionaires. Your husband has earned $104 million with his speeches since 2001.”
To which the former secretary of state responds, “We are very grateful for where we are today. But if you were to go back and look at the amount of money that we owed, we couldn’t even get a mortgage on a house by ourselves. In our system he had to make double what he needed in order just to pay off the debt, and then to finance a house and continue to pay for our daughter’s education.”
Ms. Clinton says that she and her husband had to worry about getting a mortgage and about paying for Chelsea’s Stanford education (That’s where broke people go to college you know. Was the University of Arkansas even considered?) because of the legal bills they had racked up during Bill Clinton’s impeachment. They were flat on their back. They didn’t know what they were going to do.
It’s not like people contributed piles of money to the “Clinton Defense Fund” or anything.
(From The Washington Post 2-25-1999)
The trustees of President Clinton’s legal defense fund said yesterday that they have raised more than $4.5 million to help pay his legal bills and may eventually be able to cover most of the cost of the president’s legal defense in the Whitewater investigation, the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit and Congress’s impeachment inquiry and trial.
At a news conference, Anthony F. Essaye, a New York lawyer who is a trustee and the executive director of the Clinton Legal Expense Trust, said the trust received 29,500 contributions totaling about $2.2 million from last August through the end of last year. He said that so far in 1999 the trust has taken in another 11,000 contributions totaling more than $800,000.
And it’s not like the only reason the Clinton’s had any legal debt at all through 2003 was because they wanted the US taxpayers to pay for Bill Clinton’s IMPEACHMENT bill and were waiting for a ruling.
(From The New York Times 7-16-2003)
The government is not required to cover all the legal expenses that President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton accumulated during the Whitewater independent counsel investigation, a federal appeals court panel ruled today.
The Clintons had sought reimbursement for $3.5 million in legal fees.
And it’s not like both Clintons had book deals in the works worth tens of millions of dollars, or that Bill Clinton was running around earning millions in speaker’s fees.
(From CBS News 7-14-2005)
Noticeably absent from the power couple’s finances is the millions of dollars in speakers fees that the former president earned in past years.
Mr. Clinton earned $875,000 in speaking engagements in 2004. The previous two years, he earned a combined $13.9 million in such fees.
So wait, 2001-2003 Bill Clinton earned $14 million but the Clintons were “broke”? They were so broke they wanted the US taxpayers to pay their legal bills? They were so broke they had a hard time getting a mortgage and were concerned about paying for Chelsea’s degree?
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