This past Monday, Hillary Clinton did an interview on ABC regarding her new book, Hard Choices. In addition, she deflected criticism over the Benghazi attacks, claiming responsibility while stating that she was ill-informed of the situation (particularly on security measures). But the biggest issue surrounding her interview was her claim of the Clintons being “dead broke” when they left the White House.
I don’t buy that at all.
The Clintons did owe a large amount in legal fees (between $2.3 million and $10.6 million) but they were not broke despite these debts, nor were they broke when they bought an expensive house in New York after Hillary was elected Senator in 2000. In fact, their assets were $781,000 and $1.8 million. That’s not broke, regardless of their legal fees being more than their assets, especially when you factor in the presidential salary ($200,000 annually) which would total up to $1.6 million, and any other money the Clintons might have gotten during Slick Willy’s time in office.
Fundraisers, Hillary’s salary, book deals, and speaking fees were just a few ways in which the Clintons paid off their debts. In addition, the Clintons charged rent to the Secret Service agents who protected them after leaving the White House. How the Bush Administration was unaware of this, and if so, why it allowed it to happen, is quite unclear. And of course, it was discovered that the Clintons stole various items when they left the White House (and only returned some of them). Perhaps they sold the items which they chose not to return.
Of course, Hard Choices is not the only book Hillary wrote. Other works written by her include her infamous senior thesis “There is Only the Fight….”: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model (keep in mind that Hillary kept this work hidden from the public while her husband was President, not to mention the fact that Barrack Obama is also an admirer of Saul Alinsky), It Takes A Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, and Living History. Pro-Clinton books include her husband’s My Life.
These books not only advocate the Clinton’s political agenda, but they are also an attempt to gain sympathy from the public, which is probably why Hillary made her “dead broke” claim. Thus, sympathy will result in more votes should Hillary choose to run for President in 2016.
Meanwhile, books which are critical of the Clintons include the counterarguments to My Life and Living History (Because He Could and Rewriting History by Dick Morris), Barbara Olson’s Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Edward Klein’s The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President, Robert “Buzz” Patterson’s Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America’s National Security and Reckless Disregard: How Liberal Democrats Undermine Our Military, Endanger Our Soldiers, and Jeopardize Our National Security, and Richard Miniter’s Losing Bin Laden. These books not only discuss the Clinton’s scandals and indifference to protecting America- they also reveal the type of people the Clintons really are: warm and charming on the surface, but cold-hearted on the inside (Hillary in particular).
In conclusion, Hillary would be wise not to run in 2016. And if she does, she will not win, no matter how much sympathy she tries to get, nor how much she tries play the gender card.
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