Discussion: Hillary Defends Personal Wealth: I'm Unlike The 'Truly Well Off'

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I don’t have a problem with a person being rich…as long as that wealth was gained honestly and ethically.


The salary of the POTUS is $400,000 a year and Hillary says

“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Clinton said about her and Bill Clinton’s financial situation. “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."

$400,000 should have been enough to manage I would think … unless they were mismanaging that income.

“But they don’t see me as part of the problem,” she responded in the interview published Sunday, “because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we’ve done it through dint of hard work.”

8 millions advanced payment on a book full of BS at the time of leaving the White House is not well off? The Clintons were broke? Hard work? Man this woman has a HUGE disconnect with reality…and there are people out there who want her for president. Unfreaking unbelievable!!!

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She isn’t handling answering this well, which is the problem. It should be a pretty softball question to answer, too.

“Well, we have been very fortunate in our lives. But not everyone is given the opportunities that we have. Thats why I want to work to increase economic mobility for people in this country. So there are more opportunities available to more Americans.”


$400.000 doesnt go far to paying off $10,000,000 in legal bills caused by fake GOP scandals


Uh-Ohs!! Somebody’s Hillary Derangement Syndrome is showing…let’s hear some real invective from you beej-like entity Libs…you know you want to! Pour it all out–let us see just how seething your hatred for Hillary is…don’t you have an uncontrollable urge to post the Bill of Rights over and over and over? We are waiting…for your meltdown.


this is another headline that twists the quote: it implies that she said she was not “truly well off” which would indeed be bullshit- but her comment was just a dig at mitt romney: i.e. she is among the “truly well off” who pays her taxes, romney is one of the “truly well off” who doesn’t.

i realize that clinton is a bit tone deaf, but this is a tpm mistake, not hers.


I don’t disagree with you, but this is a rabbit hole you are going down. The Clinton’s did not leave the White House penniless paupers. Nor have they faced any real shortages of income since they left.


I read her answer not as claiming they are not “truly well off” but as differentiating between the tax rate the Clintons pay compared to others who are also truly well off.


What a tin ear. “But they don’t see me as part of the problem”? I’m pretty sure Marie Antoinette felt the same way.


You forget the enormous legal fees they had to sustain over the impeachment. Yes, Clinton had WH counsel, but there were many other expenses for legal work, as I understand it, and the conservatives at the time were gleeful that they had devastated the Clintons financially, one of their big goals, evidently. They did work assiduously at getting money and now they are more than well off.


Exactly. This isn’t rocket science. She created a mess by seriously mischaracterizing their financial situation and now she’s making it worse. She’s rusty.


Yes, that’s clearly what she was trying to do.

Prefacing it with “But they don’t see me as part of the problem” is just tone-deaf.

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Hey guys, remember how, like her or not, Hillary is not a particularly good candidate, isn’t loved outside of a certain class of insiders, and says inartful things kind of a lot? Maybe we should be thinking about what other candidates we have on the Dem roster. Nothing against Hillary, but I’d hate for us to have a candidate who can’t connect.


you’re certainly right on both counts-technically to have liabilities greater than your assets is “broke” but of course they had a world of options and moneymaking opportunities, and by recent estimates, are together worth nearly 200 million.


Indeed. Especially when you consider this was mostly a positive fluff piece.

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I really didn’t understand the controversy over the “dead broke” comment she made.

Anyone who lived through that period should have remembered how the Clintons had millions of dollars of legal debt that had arisen from the impeachment hearings. The Clintons might be worth a fortune now, but right after Bill Clinton’s term in office, they essentially had to go hat in hand to ask contributors to help them pay their bills.

Their “dead broke” might not be the same as most people’s dead broke, but it should have been obvious to everyone what she meant.


She’s not handling this well.


Conservatives are afraid of Hillary Clinton like nothing I’ve ever seen.