I’m going to punt on Bill Clinton’s comments regarding whether his foundation taking donations from noted haven of womens’ rights Saudi Arabia – that it’s not a big deal for his womens’ rights-supporting wife to cash their checks – to other people with less of a sense of humor. Because when I think of Bill Clinton, I can only picture a man who was so interested in the female plight that he personally interviewed dozens of young women on their career goals and earning potential.
But the other thing – the part where he insists that he has to continue to speak to make ends meet while his wife Hillary is off purusing her dream – that concerns me. Not because I have any trouble with the Clintons doing anything untoward (or, for that matter, have any expectation that they would do anything different), but because even I’m impressed at the level of commitment our fair friends have to something that seems to be, in no uncertain terms, controversial.
One thing he won’t stop doing: giving high-priced speeches, even though he acknowledges being a wealthy man these days, reportedly worth tens of millions of dollars.
“I gotta pay our bills,” he said. “And I also give a lot of it to the foundation every year.”
The fees — $500,000 or more for 11 speeches while his wife was Secretary of State — are justified, he insisted.
“I spend a couple of hours a day just doing the research. People like to hear me speak,” he said.
“We do our best to vet them,” he said of the groups that pay for his talks. “And I have turned down a lot of them. If I think there’s something wrong with it, I don’t take it.”
Not that I think Bill Clinton cares much for optics, but raking hundreds of thousands more than any other candidate into the marital assets fun won’t do much to bolster Mrs. Clinton’s claim that she’s a champion of the little people. I mean, sure, she doesn’t have Scott Walker’s credit card debt, but she’s not quite hurting.
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