Jeff Crouere

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now making the media rounds promoting her new book. Initial reports are not very favorable as the price has already been slashed at outlets such as Books a Million and on Amazon; the “Green Smoothie Cleanse” is topping it in sales.

Mrs. Clinton is obviously gearing up for a 2016 presidential campaign and using this new book to energize supporters and hone her message. Even though Clinton is a political veteran, she has plenty of work to do on her messaging. In one of her first interviews, Hillary has already made a major mistake and taken the focus away from her book and her attempt to revise history.

When Diane Sawyer of ABC News asked Clinton about her $5 million in speaking fees, the former First Lady tried to elicit sympathy. According to Clinton, “Well, if you -- you have no reason to remember, but we came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt.” She claimed that their family faced mortgages and tuition costs for their daughter Chelsea. Remember, this is the same woman who grew a measly $1,000 investment in cattle futures into $100,000, thanks to great connections. She sat on corporate boards and was a high priced attorney prior to becoming First Lady. Her husband also collected $200,000 as President of the United States. Their legal defense fund raised millions to fight the impeachment charges and both Hillary and Bill Clinton earned millions from book deals. In other words, the Clintons were anything but “dead broke.”

Her remarks were so outrageous that she later had to issue a clarification. In a subsequent interview, Clinton claimed that “I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many.” This was Hillary’s lame attempt to show solidarity with working Americans.

In the Sawyer interview, Hillary also said she has no regrets about her outrageous statement “what difference does it make” in reference to how the four Americans died in Benghazi, Libya. The former Secretary of State took “responsibility” for the tragedy, but maintained that she was “not making security decisions.” In effect, she states that she was in charge, but not completely, a ridiculous defense.

Unbelievably, Clinton says that the Benghazi controversy gives her “more of a reason to run” for President. It is amazing to think that a tragedy that was exacerbated by Clinton’s incompetence and then compounded by her lies about the cause of attack would actually fuel a presidential race. Let’s not forget that Hillary Clinton told the family members of the Americans killed in Benghazi that the attack was fueled by an anti-Muslim Internet video.

Jeff Crouere

Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at