Prices keep plunging.
The cost of seeing and hearing former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton — the 2016 Democratic nominee for president — talk about their political experiences live on stage has dropped to as little as $20 on the secondary market “as their 13-city adventure continued to struggle to find an audience,” The New York Post reported on Sunday morning.
On Friday, the best seats at Seattle’s WaMu Theater reportedly went for $829.
That’s quite a drop from the $1,785 that the former first couple fetched when the tour was announced back in early November of last year. Event organizers were then forced to cut prices — and even offer discounts through Groupon to boost sales.
The official prices for Friday’s appearance ranged from $66.50 to $519, The Seattle Times reported.
The former first couple kicked off the speaking program in Las Vegas in mid-November of 2018.
Live Nation Entertainment described the event as “joint on-stage conversations with the two leaders sharing stories and inspiring anecdotes that shaped their historic careers in public service, while also discussing issues of the day and looking toward the future.”
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U.S. cities on the tour included Las Vegas; Sugar Land, Texas; New York City; Detroit; Philadelphia; Wallingford, Connecticut; Washington, D.C.; Boston; Seattle; and Los Angeles. Canadian stops were also announced.
Ticket holders for the Clinton speaking tour would enjoy the chance to “hear one-of-a-kind conversations with the two leaders as they tell their stories from some of the most impactful moments in modern history,” the tour description gushed.
“[The couple] provide a unique perspective on the past and remarkable insight into where we go from here.”
“From the American presidency to the halls of the Senate and State Department, to one of the United States’ most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections, they provide a unique perspective on the past, and remarkable insight into where we go from here,” the overheated description also said.
The Seattle Times this weekend described the Seattle event this way, in part: “The former president and the would-be president (and former secretary of state) vented, gossiped and inspired a true-blue, Democratic crowd. The audience included young children and senior citizens who nodded along; screamed, ‘We love you!’; and walked out feeling just a little better about things.”
“I really believe that we are in a crisis, a constitutional crisis,” Hillary Clinton told the crowd, the publication reported. “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.”
Bill Clinton called the FBI inquiry into 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,” the publication also noted.
“And I hope you didn’t miss,” the ex-president added, “that [former FBI head] Jim Comey was using his own email to do official business.”