COMMENTARY | As part of her book tour, the once and possibly future presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer and attempted to identify herself with tens of millions of Americans who are struggling financially.
“Well, if you — you have no reason to remember, but we came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. 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. 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, we had to make double the money because of obviously taxes, and pay you have at debts, and get us houses and take care of family members.”
It must have been tough making those $100,000 speeches, not to mention getting a ghostwriter to craft a bestselling memoir, in order to climb out of the financial hole that eight years at the White House had evidentially placed the Clintons. They even had to contend with confiscatory taxes in their struggle to get out of debt bondage. And having more than one house can be such a burden, especially in New York. One’s heart just cracks at the thought of it all.
In all seriousness, one wonders why Clinton tried this gambit. One does not see Sarah Palin, who was once really in dire financial straits thanks to the campaign to destroy her through phony ethics charges, talking like this. Palin has had to work quite a bit harder to achieve some modicum of financial comfort. She did not have the advantages that Clinton has had of people willing to throw money at her.
It would be refreshing if a politician like Clinton would just be honest for a change and confess to being a wheeler dealer, boast of it actually, and suggest that this is a skill set that would serve her well dealing with the nation’s problems. There is no need to try to common touch. It just doesn’t work for her.