Hillary Clinton says she and the former president were ‘dead broke’ when they decamped the White House in 2000.
Claiming an adjusted gross income of $416,039 on your 2000 income taxes is not broke. That’s a rich people problem.
Everybody loves a Zero-to-Hero story, especially voters. John McCain made moderates swoon with his real hero story, Bill Clinton was a boy from Hope (not really, but, hey, he’s rolling), John Kerry compared and contrasted his life before he married money and after, and now Hillary Clinton has begun to spin quite a rags to riches yarn in the run up to the 2016 presidential race.
In her first “exclusive” interview on ABC with Diane Sawyer, (not to be confused with all the other “exclusive” interviews she’ll be dispensing like spiked sugar cubes at the county inoculation clinic), the retired Senator has pulled back the drapes of her Chappaqua, New York manse to allow you a glimpse of her hard earned success. Sigh.
Message? Don’t hate me because I make $5 million a speech!
“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Clinton told Sawyer, referring to the hefty legal fees incurred during their White House years. “We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”
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Yes, Hillary and Bill Clinton are now living the glamorous life, going from bossy and broke to flossy and fabulous!
It’s a tough sell.
Bill and Hill were as broke as a rainmaker at the most important law firm in Little Rock, wife of a governor, White Water riding, member of the board of Walmart, wife of the president and recipient of a $1.5 million spiff from Terry McAuliffe to buy the carpet bag cum Chappaqua manse can be. Cattle futures, anyone?
I begrudge no man the claim to a decent and hard won living. I will not envy. But for the record, claiming an adjusted gross income of $416,039 on your 2000 income taxes is not broke. That’s a rich people problem.
Chelsea’s Sidwell Friends and Stanford educations were expensive, paying legal bills to keep your husband out of jail, squelching bimbo eruptions, keeping Bill in show Bibles for his perv-walks to and from funerals and church and playing keep away with Rose Law Firm records are all very, very expensive accounts payable. Vinnie from special problems doesn’t come cheap.
But, again for the record? In 2000 the median income for all US families was $42, 187.
Clinton added her husband had to double time it in the work force,
“Bill has worked really hard — and it’s been amazing to me — he’s worked very hard. First of all, 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 the debts and get us houses and take care of family members.”
Them’s some rich people problems. Oh, and it’s the last time you’ll hear her complain about taxes during her campaign.