Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton, potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, found herself in hot water as a result of her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state under President Obama. While commentators from both the right and the left, in a stunning display of bipartisanship, have been heaping criticism on Hillary for her alleged malfeasance, I am not particularly surprised by the issue. It may have something to do with the fact that I recently finished season three of House of Cards and my pessimism regarding all things political is at an all-time high, but nothing the Clintons do can compare with the Machiavellian power moves pulled by Frank and Claire Underwood. However, this fiasco has fortunately resulted in the unearthing of a particularly amusing gem: former President Bill Clinton’s claim that he has only sent two emails in his entire life.
While at work (and at home) most of us send and receive a shitload of emails every day. Seeing as I am at the dawn of what I fervently hope is a lucrative legal career, I have no idea whether to expect my email habits to increase or decrease in volume. But, according to Bill Clinton, he has sent only two emails in his entire life — one was to John Glenn upon his return from space and the other was to U.S. troops across the Atlantic. Standing in stark contrast to Bill’s experience, Hillary sent nearly 60,000 emails during her tenure as secretary of state.
This huge disparity seems to make sense. After all, Bill was president in the ‘90s when email was not the institution we know today, and he probably had the ability to do his work the old-fashioned way: by ordering his subordinates around and making them responsible for communicating his wishes to others. When I become a partner at my firm (yeah, right) I plan on following Bill’s example, where I’ll require my associates to take all orders from me in a verbal manner. Besides, Bill was also likely too busy bending a certain intern over the proverbial barrel and showing her the fifty states..
[via Wall Street Journal]