May 04, 2015

Hear Bill Clinton's shocking reasons for charging $500,000 per speech

Rebel Staff
 

I was taken aback by Bill Clinton's uncharacteristically blunt answer when asked if his $500,000 per speech fee is too high, and whether or not he'll keep giving these speeches now that his wife is running for president.

He seems to be losing that old "slick" Clinton touch.

Bill impatiently tells a skeptical reporter that he gives 10% off the top of his fee to the Clinton Foundation.

That's all well and good, except records show that 80% of the Foundation's money goes to staff and administration, not to the charities it is supposed to be supporting.

The Clinton Foundation is basically the family's personal slush fund.

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commented 2015-05-05 00:01:41 -0400
Well said Edward. Reading My Life shows even at 12 years old he had it all figured out how to con one and all.
commented 2015-05-04 19:10:04 -0400
What organization would pay a sleazy, former President of the USA, $500,000 for a speech? Answer….anyone who wants to get cozy with his wife, possibly the next President. Market be dammed! It smells like conflict of interest.
commented 2015-05-04 16:03:15 -0400
Top 10 reasons Slick Willy hit the speaking circuit -

10. He heard speaking sucks, but that he can’t be impeached for it.

9. It just wouldn’t be a Clinton moment if there wasn’t some overpaid professional that didn’t know what he was talking about.

8. Speaking venue wrap parties are just that good.

7. The professional speaking circuit just pays better than being the ruler of the free world.

6. He’s still confused by Hillary’s calendar and really needs to learn how to sync his Outlook with her schedule for those, you know, “speaking dates”.

5. He wants a public platform to deny responsibility for hiring Edward Snowden: “I didn’t not have professional relations with that man Snowden”.

4. Because he’s probably more useful as an anecdotal liar than he’s ever been as the president.

3. Female attire at those outdoor speaking events is usually too skimpy to leave much in the way of stains.

2. He thought his agent said “ joint conference” and was even prepared to inhale.

1. What happens in DC stays in DC! (Unless, you know, someone can make a buck selling the secret stuff)
commented 2015-05-04 15:25:44 -0400
Joan Abernathy. Thank you for the “Fitna” reference. Chilling to say the least.
commented 2015-05-04 14:39:17 -0400
For anyone who hasn’t seen this short film that some claimed was an offense deserving of death, it’s worth a view. Geert Wilders “Fitna”: http://youtu.be/kIKCgRlwQUA
commented 2015-05-04 14:32:34 -0400
Actually, it has everything to do with supply and demand. The alleged silliness of his audience is also irrelevant. He charges it because that’s what the market will bear. Interestingly, George Bush pulls in about $110,000 per gig, with Dick Cheney at $75k a speech.
commented 2015-05-04 14:32:29 -0400
Actually, it has everything to do with supply and demand. The alleged silliness of his audience is also irrelevant. He charges it because that’s what the market will bear. Interestingly, George Bush pulls in about $110,000 per gig, with Dick Cheney at $75k a speech.
commented 2015-05-04 14:18:43 -0400
This has nothing do with demand and supply. It is silly people who think that Bill has something important to say. Once you have read My Life for$10 on Kindle you could save $499,990. So many dud Presidents. So many dud PMs.
commented 2015-05-04 14:09:25 -0400
Actually, Bill charges $500K per speech, but he will throw in a discount if three 20 year old busty hookers are thrown into the deal. Bill is not discriminate – 19 years old is fine too.
commented 2015-05-04 14:01:02 -0400
You’re welcome, Eric. Always glad to oblige with a little in-depth analysis. And in that light, of course, your question is irrelevant: to the vendor, what matters is the price the market will bear, no the provenance of the purchaser’s ticket.
commented 2015-05-04 13:57:48 -0400
Ezra, you are right that in these clips, Bill does not present as particularly huggable. In fact, he looks sick. Why is his face all red and puffy? Why do his eyes look so bleery?
commented 2015-05-04 13:56:36 -0400
Thanks Terry, for that fine explanation of economics. I wonder though, which individual,using his or her own money is willing to pay that fee. My observation is that most of former President Clinton’s speeches are to universities, foundations, “charities” and unions, who pay with other people’smoney.
commented 2015-05-04 13:40:26 -0400
Bill Clinton’s reason for charging $500, 000 per speech? It’s called “The Market”, Ezra. He charges that because that’s what people are willing to pay.
I’m surprised I have to explain this to an alleged defender of supply and demand.
commented 2015-05-04 13:28:41 -0400
the new / old silver fox
commented 2015-05-04 13:23:10 -0400
I’d like to have your bills;Bill