Bill Clinton's Plan as First Gentleman: 'Being Around to Buck Hillary Up Every Morning'
The former president also says he would continue giving speeches but would waive his fees
He’s a former president himself and a powerful global philanthropist. But if his wife is elected president next year, Bill Clinton says his primary job as First Gentleman would be pretty simple – moral support.
“I will still give speeches, though on the subjects I’m interested in, and I’ve really enjoyed those things,” Clinton, 68, told Bloomberg TV on Wednesday at a Clinton Foundation conference in Denver.
But Hillary would have veto power, he suggests. “She’ll have to decide what is my highest and best use, including being around to buck her up every morning.”
Though he would still give speeches, Clinton said he would waive his speaking fees, which have been as much as $500,000 per speech since he left office.
Clinton also spoke to CNN, in an interview set to air Sunday, in which he called Hillary, 67, “the rock” of his family. “I trust her with my life and have on more than one occasion,” he said. “And I don’t mean I was facing physical death.”
The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation has come under criticism for accepting donations from foreign governments that might have been seeking influence when Hillary was Secretary of State. But Clinton said he had no reason to believe they wanted anything other than to help the philanthropic work of the Clinton Foundation.
“And I don’t think Hillary would know, either,” he said. “She was pretty busy those years. I never saw her study a list of my contributors, and I had no idea who was doing business before the State Department.”