Why Bill Clinton Is Tailor-Made for the Job of 'First Gentlemen'
HE'LL HAVE SIDE PROJECTS
Since leaving office in 2001, Bill Clinton has become a sought-after public speaker – and that's something he'll likely continue to do if wife Hillary is elected as president. However, unlike the speeches he gives today, which can sometimes run up to $500,000 a pop, the First Gentleman won't charge for his time, in order to avoid having press scrutiny become a distraction to his wife and her administration. "I will still give speeches, though on the subjects I'm interested in," he says. "I've really enjoyed those things."
HE'LL CHAMPION HIS FAVORITE CAUSES
Post-presidency, Bill has thrown himself into philanthropic work, too, particularly through his family foundation. And just like many first ladies have done in the past, Bill's work – particularly his public speaking engagements – will focus on his interests, including humanitarian causes, the predominant focus of the Clinton Foundation's efforts.
HE'LL OFFER MORAL SUPPORT
HE'LL PITCH IN POLITICALLY …
… just like Hillary before him. In her time as first lady, she extended her reach beyond what many of the women before her had done, testifying before Congress, aiding in creating new legislation and chairing the National Commission on Health Care Reform. As a former president, Bill's expertise would make him an obvious adviser to the commander-in-chief.
HE CAN PROVIDE THE COMIC RELIEF
Sure, he's spent most of his life as a nose-to-the-grindstone politician, but time and time again, Bill has shown the world he's got quite the funny bone (even back during his White House days). A few laughs never hurt anyone – especially a president in need of some "bucking up."
BUT IT'S ALL UP TO HILLARY
In the end, Bill says, it's obviously his wife calling the shots if she's elected. As he told Bloomberg TV, "She'll have to decide what is my highest and best use."