Hillary Clinton on Tuesday moved to contain the fallout from her comment that she and Bill Clinton were “dead broke” when they left the White House.
“Let me just clarify that I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans today,” Clinton said on “Good Morning America” in an interview with Robin Roberts. “Bill and I were obviously blessed. We worked hard for everything we got in our lives and we continue to work hard, and we’ve been blessed in the last 14 years. So for me it’s just a reality what we faced when he got out of the White House, it meant that we just had to keep working really hard.”
Clinton’s comments about her financial situation came after she told Diane Sawyer on ABC on Monday night, “We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt ….We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.”
Those comments touched off a backlash that she was out of touch with average Americans. The Clintons have earned tens of millions of dollars since leaving the White House, largely through lucrative book deals and speaking fees.