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The Better Homes and Gardens of Populist Democrats, Part Five

Hillary Clinton, speaking to an audience at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2012:

There are rich people everywhere, and yet they do not contribute to the growth of their own countries.

John Cassidy, writing in the New Yorker recently about how Hillary could and should campaign in 2016:

When it comes to the economy and other domestic issues, she would reprise the role she adopted after falling behind in the 2008 campaign: Lunch-pail Hillary, passionate defender of the working stiff, and critic of the rich Wall Street types that use the federal government to do them favors.

It will be fascinating to watch Hillary Clinton, who made two speeches to Goldman Sachs executives in late 2013 for the low, low, price of $400,000, pose as a staunch critic of the “rich Wall Street types,” lambasting the overall immorality of “rich people.”

Bill and Hillary Clinton have an estimated net worth of $200 million.

In Washington, D.C., the Clintons own a five-bedroom, brick colonial-style house near Embassy Row that the District of Columbia assessed at more than $5 million.

In Chappaqua, New York, the Clintons own a Dutch Colonial that the Town of New Castle assessed at $1.7 million; Zillow estimates the property could sell for $9 million.

Still, sometimes the former president and his wife feel the need to get away from it all and hang out in a nicer house:

Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton are renting a virtual Shangri-La in this lush, beachside paradise in the Hamptons. The $11 million mansion sprawls over 3.5 acres of prime real estate, with four fireplaces, six bedrooms, a heated pool and private path to the beach.

“Lunch-pail Hillary” needs her space.


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