Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hillary Clinton, the poor little rich girl

Bubba could make a credible pretense of feeling the pain of everybody else, unlikely as it really was. Hillary, like her onetime boss Barack Obama, pretends to worry a lot about “income equality,” and to prove it spins a piteous story about how she and Bubba struggled in poverty, “dead broke,” in the awful years after they left the White House. “We had to pay off all our debts, which was, you know, he had to make double the money because of obviously taxes and then pay off debts and get us a house and take care of family members.” (Imagine, paying taxes and mortgages and taking care of “family members.”)

Such abject poverty was enough to send Hillary back to selling Bubba’s lightly used underwear to Goodwill again. There were all those lawyers who defended ol’ Bubba against uppity and ungrateful women. They wanted to collect their fees while the getting was still good.

If you’re a Clinton, it’s not easy to play poor mouth. She has earned $5 million in speaking fees since she left the State Department, and got a further $8 million in advance for her new book. Together she and Bubba have scooped up $109 million over the past seven years. They’re entitled, but she could show a little perspective.

She didn’t have a good answer when Diane Sawyer asked whether she thinks Americans will understand why she gets “five times the median income in this country for one speech.” She was only thinking of others, of course, as a Clinton always does. “I thought making speeches for money was a much better thing than getting connected with any one group or company, as so many people who leave public life do.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald would understand. The rich are very different from you and me. Bubba would have knocked that one out of the park.

Read The Rest Here: Washington Times: Wesley Pruden: Hillary, the poor little rich girl