Ain’t America Great? Bill Clinton’s Reward

“I never had a nickel to my name until I got out of the White House, and now I’m a millionaire, the most favored person for the Washington Republicans,” Clinton told a friendly audience in Kentucky last fall. “I get a tax cut every year, no matter what our needs are.”

Who needs book deals? Clinton has made $40 million in the last 6 years giving speeches.
The link goes to an interesting story in the Washington Post about who hires WJC to talk and how that may or may not be related to HRC’s campaign. Plenty of them aren’t – some of the groups clearly want him for star power – they hire him to fill their charity luncheon $500 seats.
Here’s the list of where, for whom, and how much the Washington Post published.
My bemusement is non-partisan – everyone does this. My bemusement is also constitutional – in the sense that I am not like everyone else (not that anyone really is), but I don’t tick this way. If I were home for the evening and had walked the dog I wouldn’t walk back to campus to hear a speech by any politician, current or former, unless I were specifically invited to the dinner or reception and my absence would be noticed. As a group they and their opinions, especially those of former elected officials, don’t interest me very much – and you can get ’em for free on television.
I came across this story (don’t know how I missed it back in February when it ran) at the 2 Blowhards.

3 thoughts on “Ain’t America Great? Bill Clinton’s Reward

  1. Just to add some context: I don’t think he ever got as much for a single talk as Ronald Reagan did when he accepted $2 million for a personal appearance (one night only!) in Japan the year after he left office. You may not be old enough to remember that.
    I have not adjusted the figure for inflation.

  2. 95% of the politicians I’ve seen speak are terrible rhetoricians. Their form and content are both snooze-worthy. Politicians never seem to SAY anything of substance, and what they do say they say poorly. What ever happened to the William Jennings Bryants of the world?
    Perhaps they all get crowded out by the inoffensiveness of moderate mediocrity. In a media-rich world I guess it’s better to be boring than to make anyone offended.

  3. I don’t understand the draw for most of these big speakers anyway. Someone that famous has a very public agenda. And if you follow them in the least, you can generally predict exactly what their speech will be about. And if that’s so… why is it worth so much to hear it said in person? I could understand it if you got face-to-face time, but just to be a passive attendee…

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