EXIT MU­SIC

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“Cue world’s small­est vi­o­lin,” writes Stephen Green, a con­trib­u­tor to the al­ways in­ter­est­ing In­stapun­dit.com daily blog.

Mr. Green is re­fer­ring to the well-pub­li­cized angst of for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, who may have to re­sign from the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion should Hil­lary Clin­ton win the White House, and he be­come “first gentle­man”. Mr. Clin­ton is melan­choly about this re­al­ity, and has com­pared his exit from the or­ga­ni­za­tion — which has raised $2 bil­lion from many sources, in­clud­ing for­eign dona­tions — to a root canal. It is of note that a re­view of the group’s IRS doc­u­ments by The Fed­er­al­ist last year revealed that only 15 per­cent of its rev­enues ac­tu­ally went for char­i­ta­ble pro­grams.

“The prospect of Bill Clin­ton step­ping away from the foun­da­tion that has been the main out­let for his en­ergy and in­tel­lect has re­newed dis­cus­sions about how he would fill his time in his wife’s ad­min­is­tra­tion. Though he’s now 70 and slowed by health is­sues, peo­ple close to the Clin­tons say they fully ex­pect him to seek a prom­i­nent role. Hil­lary Clin­ton has even raised the prospect of put­ting her hus­band in charge of re­vi­tal­iz­ing the econ­omy,” writes Julie Pace, a po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst for The As­so­ci­ated Press.

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