Unless you spent last night in a cloister, you know that Hillary Clinton launched her paid speaking career as a private citizen last night at this affair. It was closed to the press and simultaneously all over the news.
More than 300 of the apartment industry’s top executives gathered at the Four Seasons at Las Colinas in Dallas today for NMHC’s spring business meetings. The day opened with the Apartment Finance Strategies Conference, which included in-depth discussion of financing and operations issues, trends and forecasts, and closed with an exclusive interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Secretary Clinton is considered a potential front runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
This appearance is Secretary Clinton’s first paid speaking engagement since leaving office and continues NMHC’s tradition of connecting members with a wide spectrum of world-class thought leaders. Similarly, past speakers have included Secretary Clinton’s husband and former President Bill Clinton, as well as members of the Bush legacy, including former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, among numerous other influential political and business leaders.
According to The Daily Mail, Hillary Clinton was twice asked the question that, for two years running, has represented the most ridiculous waste of time spent with her. Granted she is said to have pulled down six figures for this appearance, and you might argue that those paying that much are entitled to use their moment in her presence any way they want, but seriously, if you had two minutes with Hillary Clinton, knowing what the answer is going to be (we all know), would this be the question you would ask?
Hillary Clinton dodges 2016 talk and says she just wants to relax at first paid speech since leaving office
Tom Bozzuto, chairman and CEO of the Bozzuto Group, a real estate services organization based in Greenbelt, Md., conducted an interview of Clinton during the hour-long session, and said he covered topics such as international affairs, the economy and the role of rental housing in the U.S.
When he asked about 2016, Bozzuto said Clinton told the audience that she was ‘too freshly released from her role as secretary of state to have time to even think about this.’
Bozzuto said Clinton said she had been asked about the subject by someone in the hallway minutes before the speech. ‘She said she was looking forward to having time to relax,’ he said.