RUSH: Salt Lake City. Back to the phones we go. This is Ed. Greetings, sir. Great to have you with us. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, sir. It's amazing actually being with you. It's just really great. I just have a quick observation on Hillary Clinton.
CALLER: How is it possible for the Smartest Woman in the World to be broke after leaving the White House, right? These are the same people that for eight years told us how to fix America's economy. So something is very wrong here. So either they didn't pay attention to their own economic experts, or they're very incompetent to manage their own money.
RUSH: You know what? This is a very, very shrewd question you are asking. It's a very common-sensical question that very few ask. Now, let me restate this, because there is an answer to this that people on the left would be able to snap off just like that. Basically, old Ed here wants to know, "Wait a minute! How in the world can they come out of eight years in the White House broke when they single-handedly knew exactly what to do to grow the entire US economy, at least by reputation?"
Ed, the answer -- get ready for it -- is sacrifice. "The Clintons gave up eight of their most productive earning years to work for you. The Clintons put themselves second, third, fourth -- at the bottom of the list -- to help you and every other American get rich, at their own personal expense. They didn't earn a dime over what they were paid. Hillary was paid zilch for being first lady. Bill was paid whatever the president gets. It was sacrifice," and that is the explanation and the answer to your question.
RUSH: There's another answer, too, about how come Hillary and Bill Clinton come out of the White House dead broke after eight years of enough expertise to revive the US economy? You could say that they're experts at managing other people's money but not their own. But the real answer is sacrifice. Sacrifice. They gave up everything for the American people and they left the White House paupers. Anyway, another little tidbit about Hillary in just a second.
"At least eight universities, including four public institutions, have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for Hillary Rodham Clinton to speak on their campuses over the past year, sparking a backlash from some student groups and teachers at a time of austerity in higher education.
"In one previously undisclosed transaction, the University of Connecticut -- which just raised tuition by 6.5 percent -- paid $251,250 [from a donor fund] for Clinton to speak on campus in April. Other examples include $300,000 to address UCLA in March and $225,000 for a speech scheduled to occur in October at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas."
This is a random act of journalism by the Washington Post. I saw this story and I asked myself, 250 grand, $300,000 for a speech. What does she say? Is any of it memorable? Why is she being offered the money? What is so attractive about Hillary Clinton? And I got to thinking about -- I gotta be very, very careful. I gotta to thinking about her publisher who thought, "Oh, my God, we got Hillary," $14 million advance.
There was such pride that the publisher sent out letters announcing the deal, how excited they were that they got Hillary's memoirs. What's the name of her book? Hard Choices. Which, by the way, do you know what, is plagiarism, by the way. The first Hard Choices was written by Cyrus Vance, who was the secretary of state for Jimmy Carter. Cyrus Vance resigned in advance of the failed effort to rescue the hostages in Iran when the helicopter crashed. He thought it was a stupid move, had no chance, he quit to be unassociated with it. And his book was called Hard Choices.
What does this woman say? When Steve Jobs did a commencement speech it's all over YouTube, people talk about it, they react to it, moved by it. I've never had one person who's heard Hillary speak tell me how wonderful it was. It's a network of people, and there's such PR and spin and buzz about the Clintons that all of these sops that are in this ruling class club think that she's such hot, you know, excrement. I've never understood it on the substance level.
One of the things we learned in the Ed Klein book, Blood Clot, is that her husband, Bill, wanted her to go get speech lessons from a speech coach so she could learn how not to sound like a shrill screamer when she got passionate. She didn't do it.
She's not even -- I don't know. I don't know quite how to express this. It's somebody that is treated and paid and respected way above what seems legitimately warranted. But yet on the other side of it you're worth what somebody will pay you, and if you can convince somebody to give you 300 grand to give a speech, then the old saw is you're worth it. But it's this kind of thinking that lets people like Obama get elected. They get caught up in all the buzz and the PR and the spin and everything, and the reality just escapes people.