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“Be careful to ‘be real,’” reads a now famous memo written for Hillary Clinton by a top aide back in 1999, when she was embarking on her first campaign for the U.S. Senate. It was sound advice, which Clinton appeared to be heeding 15 years later on June 9 when she chuckled and charmed her way through an hour-long interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer about her newest book, Hard Choices.
But “real” is a tricky thing in politics. When Sawyer pressed Clinton on the enormous wealth–more than $100 million–that she and her husband have amassed from the public-speaking circuit, Clinton said point-blank that they needed the money after eight years in the White House.