UPDATE: 1:00 PM EST
On the heels of Hillary Clinton’s interview with Diane Sawyer, the possible 2016 Presidential candidate received major backlash for her comments about being ‘dead broke.’
“Let me just clarify … I fully appreciate how hard life is so for many Americans today. It’s an issue I’ve worked on and cared about my entire adult life,” said Clinton in an interview with ABC news.
“Bill and I were obviously blessed. We worked hard for everything we got in our lives and we have continued to work hard, and we’ve been blessed in the last 14 years But I want to use the talents and resources I have to make sure other people get the same chances … We understand what that struggle is because we had student debts, both of us … We have a life experience that is clearly different in very dramatic ways from many Americans, but we also have gone through some of the same challenges many people have.”
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SOURCE: USA TODAY
During their last years in the White House, the Clintons earned $416,039, according to a report in the New York Daily News, but that wasn’t nearly enough to cover the power couple’s debt and their daughter’s education.
“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,” she said.
Money didn’t begin to roll in until after the Clintons left the White House, with the couple eventually earning income from book deals and traveling around the country for various speaking engagements.
Hillary was given an $8 million advance for her memoir Living History. And having the Clintons speak at your conference or on your college campus doesn’t come cheap either. From 2000 to 2007, Billary raked in $109 million just from speaking engagements alone.
It’s definitely safe to say the Clinton family is doing quite alright for themselves these days, and have made their money troubles a thing of the past.
For more on the former Secretary of the State’s interview with Sawyer, click here.
SOURCE: HuffPost | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty