I keep being surprised by Hillary Clinton’s political tone-deafness, given that she has lived such a publicly political life so far. If she really is planning to run for the presidency, her tin ear about saying such things as being ‘dead broke‘ when they left the White House is going to be a real liability.
The latest misstep has been the release of the contract that she requires people to sign if they wish to have her come and deliver a speech. Her requirements are mind-boggling.
Clinton, according to her standard speaking contract, outlined in a May 31, 2013, email obtained by the Review-Journal, typically asks for $300,000 right off the bat.
She also requires for herself round-trip transportation on a chartered jet, such as a “Gulfstream 450 or larger jet” — which can cost up to $38 million — in addition to round-trip business class travel for two advance staffers.
The contract also makes room for high-end lodging, stipulating that accommodations include “a presidential suite for Secretary Clinton and up to three (3) adjoining or contiguous single rooms for her travel aides and up to two (2) additional single rooms for the advance staff.”
Clinton also demands that meals and incidentals be covered for her, her travel aides and her advance staff and a $500 travel stipend for out-of-pocket costs for her lead travel aide.
These kinds of contracts are not unusual for celebrities though I have never seen anything as extreme as this. But rock stars being self-indulgent and demanding absurd perks is no surprise. For someone who wants to be elected president in order to serve the people to act like a spoiled prima donna is something else.