By Jeff Simpson
In the You can not possibly make this stuff up category, the man in charge during the great recession that almost melted the world's economy and left many people broke and Herbert Hoover created his own "bushvilles" homeless cities, charged a homeless shelter fundraiser, near where he lives, $100,000 to give a speech.
By 2011 President George W Bush “had given some 140 talks, for at least $15 million,” Kruse wrote, noting the trail of information dried up after that. Kruse found that Bush’s customary speaking fee fluctuated between $100,000 and $175,000, and may have gone higher.
At one point, Bush charged $100,000 to speak at a fundraiser for a McKinney homeless shelter:
“We paid his regular fee,” Lynne Sipiora told POLITICO. She’s the executive director of the Samaritan Inn, a homeless shelter in McKinney, Texas. “Which is $100,000.”