[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/04/07/ex.presidents/art.pres.gi.jpg caption=" Ex-presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have stayed in the public eye since leaving office."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Shortly before leaving the White House in 1829, John Quincy Adams reportedly said, "There is nothing more pathetic in life than a former president."
If he had had a crystal ball, Adams might have tweaked that statement to say there is nothing more lucrative in life than to be a former president.
Last Friday, we learned that the Clintons have made a whopping $109 million since 2001. Bill Clinton has brought in almost $52 million from speeches generally going for $250,000 a pop.