Hillary Clinton - Alien?
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been trying to "humanize" herself for quite a while. During a much-hyped appearance on "Ellen" that aired on Tuesday, Clinton described just how big a challenge that is.
Asked by host Ellen Degeneres what the biggest misperception about her is, Clinton chirpily replied: "You know, that I'm some kind of creature from an alien world, I suppose."
Her mission, she said, is to "clear away all of the brush so people can get a fair shot at figuring out what they think of me." (Degeneres assured the audience that Clinton, whom she has had on the show before, is quite normal).
The three-segment appearance - which included having Clinton and Degeneres make an "impromptu" stop by a local diner in New York - came as part of a Clinton family media blitz on Tuesday. Bill Clinton, releasing his latest book, was making an apperance on "Oprah." Later in the week, the senator returns to her more bureaucratic duties in time for Iraq hearings in the Senate.
Dressed in a pale yellow pants suit, Clinton answered Degeneres's questions about gay marriage (she is for civil unions, but would leave marriage policy up to individual states); why Clinton would make a good president (health care was the first issue she mentioned); and whether Clinton would pick Sen. Barack Obama as a running mate ("You know, I'm sort of superstitious so I don't talk about what I might do," Clinton said).
And from a diner on their outing, Clinton got the question: does her husband take care of the house?
"I'll come home late at night and he'll be rearranging the bookshelves, or cleaning up the kitchen," Clinton said, after admitting that the couple has domestic help. "He's pretty handy to have around, actually."
--Anne E. Kornblut
September 4, 2007; 3:05 PM ET
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