This article from Yahoo Finance tells you the home values of the presidential candidates to their primary residences. We now know their net worth, how much they spend on hair cuts, and now we even know how much their real estate is worth. I don’t really think you should pay much credence to this kind of information about the presidential candidates when it comes to forming a voting opinion about them. My suspicion is that journalists write these types of articles more for the entertainment value of the information. It sparked my interest totally out curiousity and nosey-ness. That’s not a word, but I made it up. It’s my blog, and I’ll make up words if I feel like it. Here’s a quick reference as to the home values of the five primary candidates still running for the presidential nominee.
- Hillary Clinton plots her next strategic crying session in a 1.7 million dollar house in Chappaqua, NY.
- Barack Obama throws darts at a picture of Hillary’s face in a 1.65 million dollar house in an upscale suburb of Chicago.
- Mitt Romney makes anonymous phone calls to Mike Huckabee, breathing and staying silent on the phone, then hangs up in a 1.77 million dollar house in Belmont, Mass.
- John McCain holds his AARP member meetings at his luxurious Phoenix condo worth 4.72 million dollars.
- Mike Huckabee writes his one-liners in his “modest” $540,000 house in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
The two that surprised me the most were Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Obama’s book deals must have landed him some serious cash, because I think his net worth was less than the value of his house. Romney’s net worth is about a quarter of a billion dollars, and yet he lives in a pretty modest house compared to what most people with $300 billion dollars laying around would own. He may have multiple residences, but I thought it was cool that he didn’t live on some gaudy $10 million dollar estate. Also, it really shows that you can’t buy the White House when Huckabee has been doing almost as well as Romney in the primaries. Huckabee is probably the only one still in the race that can actually claim that he understands the average American, because even though living in a $540,000 house isn’t too average, it’s as close as you’re going to get to a man who is not overcome by so much wealth and uppity values. Oh and by the way, John Edwards probably has the most expensive property of all, and he was always campaigning to be so in touch with the middle class. Yeah, that private 15,000 square foot recreational building on your property really does keep you in touch with the average American. Again, I think it’s great that many of the presidential nominees have had financial success, and I would be weary of a presidential candidate that had nothing, trying to run our economy. I’m the biggest capitalist you’ll ever meet. But, please don’t act like you feel empathy for the lower middle class when you travel in private jets and eat chef-prepared meals every day.
Take it for what you will, I just thought that I would pass this along to you all for the entertainment value. Give me your thoughts on their houses. Did any of it surprise you?