Does the “Guinness Book of World Records” have a category for “shortest retirement EVER?” Less than a month after “retiring” as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, word is out that Hillary Clinton’s hitting the paid speaking circuit this spring. Mike Allen from Politico‘s “PlayBook” reports that America’s most popular politician has signed on with the Harry Walker Agency, which also represents big names like Al Gore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Karl Rove, and her husband, and former U.S. president, Bill Clinton.
“We are proud to share the exciting news that Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has joined the Harry Walker Agency exclusively for her speaking engagements,” the agency posted on its web site.
Any one of Clinton’s careers — lawyer, first lady, senator (D-NY), and U.S. secretary of state — would be a tough act to follow. Yet, giving speeches for money seems like a huge let down. Then again, we’re talking about a LOTTA money. According to Mollie Reilly from the Huffington Post, the other Clinton earned $13.4 million in speaking fees for 2011 alone, and $89 million over the course of 10 years.
During her last Global Town Hall Interview (“Townterview“) as Secretary of State on January 29th, Clinton also mentioned that she plans to write a memoir. In response to a question from Sahara Sawar, a British Pakistani from Dubai, “Firstly, are you planning on writing your memoirs already? … What would you say was your lasting regret?” Clinton replied:
“Well, certainly, the loss of American lives in Benghazi was something that I deeply regret and am working hard to make sure we do everything we can to prevent.
When you do these jobs, you have to understand at the very beginning that you can’t control everything. There are terrible situations right now being played out in the Congo, Syria, where we all wish that there were clear paths that we could follow together in the international community to try to resolve. So every day is a mixture of trying to end crises, help people be smart about using the tools of American diplomacy and development to join in with others who are facing similar crises as we are.
But I take away far more positive memories. And yes, I will write a memoir. I don’t know what I’ll say in it yet, but – (laughter) – I’ll have a chance to go into greater detail on this and other matters.”
Clinton also quipped that she plans on “catching up on about 20 years of sleep deprivation.” The memoir will focus on Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, during which she traveled to a record 112 countries and flew 956,733 air miles to implement U.S. foreign policy and heal wounds caused by George W. Bush’s administration. Clinton has also written two best-sellers, “It Takes a Village” (1996) and “Living History” (2003). Clinton’s new book and public speaking engagements will highlight her many accomplishments and keep her in the public eye, as she prepares for the presidential race in 2016. Although Clinton still won’t officially comment on that, one of her top donors confirmed last week that she plans to run.
Here’s the video from Clinton’s January 29th Global Town Hall Interview:
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