Hillary Clinton sought to do damage control this morning on her earlier complaint, made to ABC”s Diane Sawyer, that she and Bill Clinton were “dead broke” when they left the White House, even as she still seemed to justify it.
Clinton today told ABC’s Robin Roberts that she understood the reaction to someone of such fabulous wealth grumbling about her finances and expressed sympathy for others struggling with money.
But she also put a number on her grievance – claiming she and Bill were $12 million in debt – and lamented that they knew they would have to work hard after they left the White House
And she brought up student loans she and Bill presumably paid off years ago:
Let me just clarify that I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans today.
Everything has to be put into context, and as I recall, we were something like $12 million in debt . . .
We have a life experience that is clearly different in verry dramatic ways from many Americans, but we also have gone through some of the same challenges as many people have.
So we understand what that struggle is because we had student loans, both of us, that we had to pay off. We’ve had to work hard . . .
We worked hard for everything we got in our lives and we continue to work hard, and we’ve been blessed in the last 14 years. So for me it’s just a reality what we faced when he got out of the White House, it meant that we just had to keep working really hard.
I’d like to know what the $12 million figure connotes. Does it include the mortgage on the $6 million house she bought? Who forced her to purchase a lavish estate?
Hillary’s problem is that she is effectively campaigning without a staff. She’s being very cute and coy, pretending to be on a book tour and trying to shove herself in the public eye. It allows her to talk about herself, her biography and family in a natural way without having to engage other candidates or run a campaign organization.
But unfortunately for her, everyone knows she’s campaigning and they’re treating her that way. Except she lacks an organization to make sure she doesn’t screw up.
And so she’s screwing up.
The Sawyer interview was a disaster.
She . . .
- Claimed she had money trouble.
- Was still unable to name a signature achievement under her watch.
- At least partially blamed Ambassador Chris Stevens for his own death in Benghazi, noting emphatically that he was there “of his own choosing,” while sounding like she was also passing the buck elsewhere: “That’s why we hire people who have that expertise,” she said.
- Said it “doesn’t matter” if Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted.
Hillary has Ted Kennedy Disease. That is, lots of people love her, until she runs for president.
Right now, she’s kind of winging it. And for someone who becomes unappealing when she’s too much in the public eye, that’s a strategy that will lead to self-destruction.