Unannounced Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed she and husband Bill left the White House “not only dead broke, but in debt.”
In an interview airing Monday night with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, the former first lady contended that “We had no money when we got there and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education. It was not easy.”
Considering that occupants of the Executive Mansion generally do not pay rent, or shop for groceries, or engage in home repairs, and that the president’s salary exceeds $400,000 per year, there might be some room for skepticism in these remarks.
When the Clintons left the White House, there was quite a to-do over public artifacts they took with them, but as Breitbart reported, their combined income in year 2000 was $358,000 which jumped to $16 million one year later. Not exactly chicken feed, not exactly broke.
Sawyer inquired as to her speaking fees, which range up to $200,000 per speech. “Well, let me put it this way,” replied the ex-New York Senator, in a well prepared remark. “I thought making speeches for money was a much better thing than being connected with any one group or company – as so many people who leave public life do.”
Since leaving public offices, the Clintons are estimated to have earned over $100 million, not to mention the perks and pensions that roll in automatically, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
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