Bush Quietly Earns $175K Per Speech

He uses confidentiality agreements to keep fees hush-hush
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2015 8:57 AM CDT
Bush Quietly Earns $175K Per Speech
In this July 10, 2013 file photo, former President George W. Bush walks off the stage after giving a speech at the The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.   (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

(Newser) Bill and Hillary Clinton have been chastised for their hefty speaking fees while George W. Bush flies under the radar. The former president has made millions from at least 200 engagements in which he pocketed $100,000 to $175,000 for about an hour on stage, Politico reports. Among his best delivered lines: "Evil is real" and "Bowling is fun." He's kept earnings quiet with confidentiality agreements and the fact that most appearances are held in private across the US and from Canada to Asia. At least he made no secret of his plans: Before leaving office, Bush said he intended to "replenish the ol' coffers" and could make "ridiculous" money in paid speeches. (Read more George W. Bush stories.)

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