In the Arab world throwing a shoe is considered an insult, and George W. Bush famously had one hurled at him during a Baghdad press conference in 2008. Less explicable was the pump thrown at Hillary Clinton last week during a speech at a Las Vegas casino.

“Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?” Mrs. Clinton quipped after dodging the projectile. “My goodness, I didn’t know that solid waste management was so controversial.”

Mrs. Clinton ought to pay a visit to New Jersey, but—hold on: solid waste management? Yes, Mrs. Clinton was speaking at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries convention. According to the trade group’s ller Coaster, she told the crowd that “#recycling can stimulate the economy/ offering real value/ helping economic recovery.”

This insight cost the recyclers north of $200,000 or $250,000, Mrs. Clinton’s reported per-gig speaking fee. The speech was part of a whirlwind West Coast jaunt last week that included talks at the Marketing Nation Summit and the Western Health Care Leadership Academy, the annual confab of the California medical provider lobbies.

Speaking tours are routine for politicians looking to build a personal fortune by cashing in on their celebrity—and in the honest-living department, patronizing trade associations beats her husband’s doings with Ron Burkle and the Riadys of Indonesia. Since leaving the State Department, Mrs. Clinton has also spoken in front of clients of Goldman Sachs,

We don’t begrudge anyone making a buck, though it is amusing to see the Clintons getting rich off the same 1% that President Obama’s Democratic Party blames for most of mankind’s ills, at least in election years. As for the latest in flying footwear, the National Shoe Retailers Association has its annual conference in Florida this November. Perhaps Mrs. Clinton’s agent should put in a request for the keynote.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Reuters


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