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Last updated on July 23rd, 2017 at 09:48 am
Tickets to Bill Clinton’s anti-poverty conference, to be held in September, cost $15,000 each.
(Via reader JayL)
Well, now Bill can afford a more expensive cigar container.Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 08 25 at 10:00 AM • permalink
The conference’s mission is focused, I believe, on ending malnutrition among children. A laudable goal. Michael Moore’s trip to the fat farm should free up a few score container loads of food for the masses(picture something equivalent to that scene in one of DeMille’s biblical epics – was it “The Ten Commandments”? – where the priests are ordered to open their granaries; something like that).
I take it Margo (I’ve got no income) isn’t going.Posted by platey mates on 2005 08 25 at 10:05 AM • permalink
I wonder how many interns will assist with this conference? At those rates Bill should be able to hire some professional adult services providers. Boy think what services he could get for $15,000!Posted by platey mates on 2005 08 25 at 10:23 AM • permalink
PW, I was thinking more of someone who had discretion and wouldn’t keep the dress unwashed and blab about her fling with the Prez to all and sundry.Posted by platey mates on 2005 08 25 at 10:30 AM • permalink
Whose poverty are they helping to fix – the organisers and special guests??? From the way he and Hillary and Cherie milk every cent out of these nitwits, you’d think they could hold these dos in a phone box. Still there’s still lots of clowns who think he’s great! Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Perhaps if they thought for two seconds about their stupid attitudes to GM foods, pesticides, and that sheltered workshop laughingly referred to as the EU etc there wouldn’t be so much poverty.
Oh yes, and I begin to sense HELL FREEZING OVER!
Help the starving children — hang an African leader today.Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 08 25 at 10:34 AM • permalink
Start with any African “Statesman” who ever studied anything other than engineering at a European university (from Oxford to Patrice Lamumba), ever awarded himself his own medals, or ever posed for a photograph with Jimmy Carter.
Come to think of it, that would help the Democratic Party a bunch, too.Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 08 25 at 10:38 AM • permalink
I’m not as down on Clinton as many others here are (he’s no Carter, fortunately), but I also don’t quite see the wisdom of charitable organizations shelling out $15,000 per person just to attend another talkfest, even if the money is (to paraphrase an article linked on their site somewhere) going to be used towards implementing the solutions arrived at by the participants.
(Though, what if they can’t compromise on any specific course of action? Going-away cigar presents for everyone instead?)
“Another exercise in futility”Posted by starboardside on 2005 08 25 at 10:49 AM • permalink
PW, I was thinking more of someone who had discretion and wouldn’t keep the dress unwashed and blab about her fling with the Prez to all and sundry.
platey-mates, that’s exactly what I thinking about. Don’t use volunteers, Bill, use professionals!Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 08 25 at 11:00 AM • permalink
PW, if Clinton actually uses the proceeds from this to implement solutions, that’s great.
But have you ever seen how charity events give a lot presents to big donaters? The recent “Big 8” looked like there was a really high overhead. I can’t see this conference being a lot different, unless the rich and famous (who else can afford a $15K ticket?) are starting to take a vow of poverty.
The attendees will likely expect to be wined and dined, and otherwise treated like royalty. “Hey, you want my money, don’t you? Then cater to my ego and my comfort!!”
Poof! goes the money.Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 08 25 at 11:11 AM • permalink
If Clinton wants professional services and reads blogs maybe he’ll hire Evelyn of Diary of a Courtesan. $1,400 a night, unless she’s raised her prices recently. That’s the sort of conspicuous consumption that rich buggers are supposed to display. Of course, he’s so used to being serviced gratis that it might not occur to him.Posted by Michael Lonie on 2005 08 25 at 04:37 PM • permalink
So I have to bankrupt myself in order to attend an anti-poverty conference. Therefore, if I wanted to attend a pro-celibacy conference…Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2005 08 25 at 08:40 PM • permalink
Poverty – Not a crime. In an occasional column, ‘unmoneyed circumstances’.Posted by walterplinge on 2005 08 27 at 10:22 PM • permalink
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Well, he’s got to maintain his “pretend I’m rich and important” lifestyle somehow….