In a much-tweeted-about interview on Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to an Australian comedy duo about potato chips, the upkeep of the White House since her family checked out, the Kardashians and the need for young people to check the temperature of food before they bite in.
Clinton told the syndicated radio show (which has more than two million listeners) that she likes what the Obamas and the Bushes have done with the White House over the past decade. And she played along when the hosts suggested that George W. Bush filled the presidential mansion with Xboxes and remote-controlled cars. “Very well done. Both counts,” Clinton responded.
In a moment of (quasi) seriousness, Clinton said that one of her goals in addressing global audiences is to bridge the divide between the image America wants to give to the world, and the one it does through exports like reality television.
“The Kardashians, exactly. If you look at American TV as much of the rest of the world does, you would think we all went around wrestling and wearing bikinis,” Clinton said. “I mean, that’s what you would think we spend our entire day doing right?”
And as for the issue of young people eating food when it’s still simply too hot to swallow? It’s a crucial, she said.
“Because if you just think about it, people go around with the tops of their mouths burnt,” Clinton said. “They can’t communicate well.”
Radio hosts: “You see a decline in peace.”
Clinton: “Decline in peace. They might stop eating. That adds to the increase in hunger – ”
Radio hosts: “We’ve already got enough hunger already.”
Clinton: “ – malnutrition in the world”
Radio hosts: “And it’s so ironic, because food is what stopped them eating.”
Clinton: “That’s right.” …
As for her own tastes – Clinton admitted to being an avid “eater of chips.”
The full transcript is up on the U.S. Department of State’s website.