Tickets to Bill and Hillary Clinton's joint "world tour" aren't selling, and in some cases are available for as little as $6, according to several ticket resale sites.
Just last month, Bill and Hillary kicked off what was supposed to be a "whirlwind" stadium tour, rivaling Michelle Obama's, which has been a runaway, sold-out success. The post-presidential pair promised to bare their souls to audiences, and they were reportedly paid handsomely for the effort. But in practice, the "Clinton tour" has been less of a blockbuster and more of a bad dream.
When The Daily Wire first reported the arrangement, ticket prices for a seat at one of a dozen or so "evenings with President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton," ran into the hundreds of dollars. The cheapest seats at one of the largest venues — the Park Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the MGM Park Hotel & Casino — cost around $70.
Now, in some cases, you can get tickets for as little a $6 on resale sites like StubHub (though tickets to the event at the Park Theater, which had to be rescheduled, are still hovering at around $50 ... for now. The "conversation" won't be held until early summer of 2019).
The Daily Caller reports that tickets for the duo's upcoming performance in Sugar Land, Texas, might run interested parties around $11 — "Seeing the duo at the Financial Centre in Sugar Land, Texas, on Dec. 4 runs anywhere from $11 to $80 depending on the seat quality" — but the prices have fallen even farther in the 24 hours since that article was published.
A quick check of StubHub reveals two tickets for $6 each. On Seat Geek, you can find tickets to the pair's Sugar Land event for $8 — almost less than the price of a Starbucks latte. On both resale sites, there are a wealth of tickets under $25. Front row, stage right, will run you a whopping $32.
Seat Geek reports that the tickets have taken a precipitous, 15% drop even since Friday.
And that's when the seats sell. At a recent event in Toronto, the stadium was so empty that organizers were blacking out empty sections with curtains and reconfiguring the crowd to appear larger, moving ticket-holders in the cheaper seats down to the floor to help "fill in" audience gaps.
That's in stark contrast to Michelle Obama's stadium book tour, where tickets are in high demand and good seats can go for as much as $10,000 on resale sites.
There are a few likely reasons for the Clinton downturn: for starters, they're overexposed. The Clintons have been a fixture of the political landscape for the last decade, and there are few new stories they can tell audiences. Also, unlike Michelle Obama, who has been getting very raw and personal in her speeches, the Clintons don't take even calculated risks. Their stage shows — like their campaigns and their paid speeches — are heavily edited and focus-grouped, designed to reveal only what the Clintons want audiences to see.
There's also the danger that both Clintons are slowly passing out of favor. Hillary Clinton is desperate to be included in the slate of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, according to The New York Times' Maureen Dowd, and her "consigliere" is desperately shopping her name to enterprising reporters. Bill Clinton is out of touch in the #MeToo era, particularly given that his preferred prey, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, is now speaking out on her experiences with the former president.
Even Dowd couldn't help but take aim at the former First Couple's hubris: "The Clintons refuse to be discarded. It has been their joint project for half a century to be at the center of the public scene and debate. The way that the whole thing came crashing down in 2016 is too hard for them to bear. They would like to rewrite the ending, but there is no way to do that."