George W. Bush Has Been Paid Millions to Share His Wisdom

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The life of an ex-president is about as good as it gets. You're still an extremely important and influential person, but without any of the stressful responsibilities that used to dominate your every waking moment. No more sleepless nights worrying about vague terror threats or what the hell you're going to talk about tomorrow with the prime minister of Guinea-Bissau. And the pay is amazing. Like Bill Clinton before him, George W. Bush has been absolutely cleaning up giving paid speeches — he's reportedly racked up $15 million in the little over two years he's been out of office. Just for talking. Which, if you recall, is something people used to think he didn't do so well. [iWatch]