After making millions in speaking fees in the years leading up to the 2016 election, Bill and Hillary Clinton are resorting to Groupon to sell tickets at fire sale prices to a shrinking audience.
Little interest in “An Evening With The Clintons”
For as much as Hillary Clinton still bemoans losing the election despite winning the popular vote, if politics were a popularity contest, her speaking tour unquestionably shows hers is fading. The Clinton brand is fading, seeming to indicate that even many of those who voted for her wish she would simply go back into the woods.
Their latest speaking tour is called “An Evening With The Clintons,” and they’ve already appeared on the ticket discounting website Groupon.
According to Fox News, “For the Houston-area event originally slated for Dec. 4, tickets on the official venue website were going for between $29.50 and $399. But a search on second-party sites, like StubHub, revealed tickets going for as low as $7.”
Overall, the tour is a bust. As we covered earlier this week, tickets for some venues were selling for as low as $11, though the new revelation of $7 tickets proves even that was too rich for some.
Michelle Obama, merely the wife of a former President, is selling tickets for her events ranging from $300 to $2,500, and hasn’t had to discount them.
A dramatic fall from grace for the Clintons
Prior to the 2016 election, speaking fees were how the Clinton’s went from supposedly being “dead broke” upon leaving the White House to becoming multi-millionaires. It wasn’t at all uncommon for a single speech by one of the Clintons to bill in the six-figure range, hence the combined $153 million in speaking income the two generated up until the 2016 election.
Monetizing the fame of the President began with Bill Clinton, and is a tradition Obama is continuing as he too racks up the six-figure speaking fees the Clintons could once demand. Thanks to speaking fees, book sales, and his Netflix deal, the Obama’s have seen their net worth skyrocket over 3,000% from the presidency.
It’s incredible how many opportunities that Hillary Clinton once had dry up immediately after her Presidential loss. Donations to the Clinton Foundation, an organization that’s no stranger to controversy, plummeted nearly 90% from 2014 to November of 2018. And of course, when the Clinton’s are going from giving $600,000 speeches before Goldman Sachs to selling $7 tickets, it’s appropriate to speculate their speaking income has tumbled as well. Call me cynical, but it almost seems as if she was being lavished with money by people looking to influence someone they thought would reward them in turn as President of the United States. But what do I know?