Most presidents make better former presidents than they do actual presidents, it seems. I mean, take a look at Jimmy Carter; better out of office than in office.
But, sometimes, well, you have a Bush … W, that is. I remember when he ran for office on the platform of being a “compassionate conservative” while telling The Gays to stay at the back of the marriage bus, and telling women that the GOP is in charge of vaginas, so, I got the conservative part, but I never understood where the compassion came into play.
And I still don’t.
As with the case of most former presidents, they tend to rake in the dough giving speeches to anyone and everyone who will listen, and, since leaving office W is no exception. He’s given more than 200 speeches since January 2009 and pockets anywhere from $100,000 to $175,000 per speech. Yes, that would be somewhere between $20 and $35 million dollars people, have paid to hear a monosyllabic “decider” talk.
But, we’re not talking paychecks alone, we’re also talking compassion. See, one of those speeches W recently gave was at a fundraiser for a homeless shelter in McKinney, Texas — yes, the same McKinney where cops beat up girls in bikinis but that’s not part of this story. Bush gave his speech, and pocketed $100,000.
“We paid his regular fee, which is $100,000. It was a hefty fee for us." — Lynne Sipiora, executive director of the Samaritan Inn homeless shelter
The Samaritan Inn isn't some penny ante operation, though, and they raised over a million dollars at this particular fundraiser. But, come on, W; it’s a homeless shelter and you took a check from them for $100,000, which I’m sure they could have used had you simple said, “I don’t need the money.”
And what about the fact that George W. Bush was president during one of the biggest financial crises in this country that left many people out of work, and many people, yes, homeless. Taking that $100,000 is the furthest thing from compassionate.
Sidenote: Politico spoke with W’s ‘people’ who made it clear that "none of what he makes when he does get paid goes anywhere other than his own bank account."
Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, donated every single penny she made from speaking engagements to charity.