It's tough to care about money when you're the daughter of millionaires and married to a millionaire hedge fund manager, so can we really fault Chelsea Clinton for saying she tried, but failed, to care about money?
Yes. Yes we can.
Chelsea, the poorest of the Clinton clan with a net worth of just $15 million (Bill and Hillary are worth more than $150 million), told Britain's Telegraph that the reason she jumped from nepotism-provided lucrative career to nepotism-provided lucrative career was because she was trying to branch out from her parents and care about money.
“It is frustrating, because who wants to grow up and follow their parents?” Clinton said. “I’ve tried really hard to care about things that were very different from my parents. I was curious if I could care about [money] on some fundamental level, and I couldn’t. That wasn’t the metric of success I wanted in my life.”
Of course, it's easy to not care about money when you were gifted $600,000 a year to occasionally provide such hard-hitting interviews like this one between Clinton and the computer-animated Geico gecko.
Because Clinton cares so little about money, she’s joined the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation as vice chairwoman. She’s certainly not being paid average American money for that position.
Clinton's remarks on money could not come at a worse time. Her mother Hillary has been battling with the issue for over a week now, first claiming she and Bill were “dead broke” after leaving the White House and now saying that she's not “truly well-off.”
Memo to the Clintons: Stop pretending you’re just like the rest of us.