When the bottom fell out of the ticket market for An Evening With the Clintons, it really plummeted. The final date of their “speaking tour” is Sunday night in Las Vegas. A quick scan of tickets on Stub Hub for the Sunday night show offers tickets for as little as $15.00, at least when I checked late Saturday night.
A glance for tickets available on sale at Ticketmaster online shows they begin at $45.72 and go up to $257.18. I wrote about this tour back at the beginning of December and even then, ticket sales were slow and had to be discounted. Perhaps realizing they were on rocky ground, the two Clintons first took the tour to Canada as a soft opening before their American dates. The fine folks in Toronto were less than impressed and the ticket sales showed a lack of interest in the former President and his wife, the woman who felt entitled to the presidency but lost to her old friend Donald Trump.
The tour dates were scheduled in Clinton-friendly cities yet the struggle to put warm bodies in seats was real. Still, audience reaction has been mixed. Just last month in New York City, a tour stop brought Haitian protesters and a man in a front-row seat yelling out, “Bill, this is boring!” Ouch! That night at the Beacon Theatre, the moderator was Clinton loyalist and political consultant Paul Begala.
Friday night’s date at Seattle’s WaMu Theater brought out the true blue Clinton supporters. The stop in Seattle, a liberal haven in the great Northwest, included actor Bradley Whitford as the moderator. Does that name sound familiar? Whitford played the role of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman in The West Wing. Whitford plays the role of a political activist in real life. This week he will co-host a fundraiser in Los Angeles for Mayor Pete’s presidential campaign. Ticket prices in Seattle were deeply discounted.
The best seats in the house at Seattle’s WaMu Theater on Friday could be had for $829, a steep 54% drop from the $1,785 that the former first couple fetched when the tour was announced in early November.
But organizers soon had to slash listed prices and even offer discount ducats through Groupon to boost sales.
The official prices for Friday’s appearance ranged from $66.50 to $519, the Seattle Times reported.
“I really believe that we are in a crisis, a constitutional crisis,” Hillary Clinton said. “We are in a crisis of confidence and a crisis over the rule of law and the institutions that have weathered a lot of problems over so many years. And it is something that, regardless of where you stand in the political spectrum, should give real heartburn to everybody. Because this is a test for our country.”
She criticized Attorney General Barr as she stated that Barr “would rather be the president’s defense lawyer than the chief law enforcement officer of our country”, as the Seattle Times reported. Funny, I don’t recall any complaints from her when the Obama administration’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, declared himself Obama’s “wingman”.
A little pearl-clutching was in play as Hillary went on to talk about the findings in the Mueller report. After noting Russian interference in the election, she said: “And then you wake up and your president is spending an hour on the phone with Vladimir Putin, who was the mastermind of the interference and attack on our election.” What she didn’t say was that Barack Obama was president during this time and he was the one who allowed Putin to continue his nefarious acts.
And then the best line of the evening occurred. Not surprisingly, it was Bill Clinton who delivered an unintentionally ironic remark. He said, “These people, they don’t believe the same set of rules apply to them that apply to everyone else.” I know. I laughed, too. Self-awareness is hard, y’all.
Bill Clinton fired a shot at James Comey, too. C’mon. You knew he’d say something about the whole email thing. (Seattle Times)
Bill Clinton apparently feels the same way. He called the FBI investigation of his wife’s use of a private server to send government emails “The single worst thing I ever lived through in my entire public life” and “phony as a three-dollar bill.”
“And I hope you didn’t miss,” he added, “that [former FBI head] Jim Comey was using his own email to do official business.”
But wait, there’s more. The Clinton’s show moved to California Saturday night and tickets went for as little as $2.00. Wow. Imagine that. Some California Democrats listened to Bill and Hillary, a former president and a former Secretary of State (and the leader of pantsuits nation) in person for a couple of bucks That makes the $15.00 tickets in Las Vegas look over-priced, doesn’t it?
The event billed as ‘An Evening with President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’ continued at the LA Forum in Inglewood, California Saturday night and tickets were listed for as little as $2.
Seats in the Lower Bowl 131 section were available on Vivid Seats while the same website was offering admission for the best section – center in front of the stage – for $92.
I can’t help but think those ticket sales to listen to Bill and Hillary Clinton ramble on about today’s hot topics would have sold more briskly and at a higher price if Hillary, in particular, would just simply get off the stage. It is impossible to notice that she is making headlines with some statement or the other on a weekly basis. More than two years after her loss to Donald Trump, she is still unable to accept the fact that she isn’t the leader of the free world. The Democrats have moved on and are now in the process of determining who will run for president in 2020. The Clinton era is over. Finally.