Hilarious: NY Times chronicles Hillary's problems hiding her wealth and elitism
I have got to hand it to Amy Chozick of the New York Times for her deadpan article on Hillary Clinton’s “quandary” over what to do about the Hamptons this summer. You see, she and Bill have for years vacationed there, among the show business and Wall Street elites who rent or own fabulous mansions along the shore of eastern Long Island, mingling with one another. It takes a lot of money:
In 2011 and 2012, there was the eight-bedroom, 12,000-square-foot East Hampton rental with a heated pool that the couple took for part of August, the kind of house that typically goes for $200,000 per month, according to local real estate listings.
Then, in 2013, they opted for an equally pricey six-bedroom mansion in Sagaponack with a private pathway to the beach. (Mrs. Clinton worked on her memoir, “Hard Choices,” from a sunny office with an ocean view.)
It takes more than a village. But of course, this kind of dough is no big deal for the Clintons, who can deliver a 20-minute off-the-cuff address and cover a month’s rent. But the reason it is a quandary is:
… the Clintons’ go-to vacation spot for the last several summers now seems problematic, as Mrs. Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, delivers a populist economic message that the deck is stacked in favor of the wealthiest Americans and that she plans to “reshuffle the cards.”
Thus, it may not be ideal for Mr. and Mrs. Clinton to be photographed mingling at summer cocktail parties with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, Steven Spielberg and other wealthy Hamptons regulars.
And the reasons for hanging out with “our kind of people” (the rich and famous) extend beyond mere social stratification. There’s tons of money to be raised from the hedge-funders and big name stars.
… the couple are expected to spend much of their vacation on the shores of Long Island, where their circle of New York friends and donors own luxe houses.
But the Clintons will not limit themselves to the Hamptons. No, they won’t be gong to Jones Beach, among the commoners:
The Clintons will also spend at least one weekend in their old vacation haunt of Martha’s Vineyard, likely alongside President and Michelle Obama, to celebrate the 80th birthday of their friend Vernon E. Jordan Jr. (Mr. Jordan and other friends lured Mr. Clinton to the island in the early years of his presidency, and it quickly trumped his previous leisure spot in Arkansas. A White House spokesman said it was too early to confirm Mr. Obama’s August plans.)
All in all, it’s quite a quandary posing as a populist champion of the little guy while being comfortable among and raising a boatload of money from the very elites her rhetoric demonizes. Too bad Dick Morris is no longer available to run a poll on where to vacation.