March 9th, 2009
09:48 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton on life, love, and foreign policy

Hillary Clinton appeared on the Turkish television program 'Haydi Gel Bizimile Ol.'
Hillary Clinton appeared on the Turkish television program 'Haydi Gel Bizimile Ol.'

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton gets personal on life, love, and foreign policy – in Turkey. Appearing Saturday on a Turkish talk show similar to "The View," the Secretary of State turned on her global charm offensive.

During her interview in Ankara, an audience member questioned the Secretary of State about the first time she fell in love. "It was so long ago, with my husband," she told the audience composed of mostly young people. "We've been enjoying our life together ever since."

Clinton weighed in on life outside politics, saying the best moments are those where she can simply be herself.

"My favorite times are when my husband and my daughter and I are together. We go to the movies, we talk and play games together – card games and board games. We go for long walks," she said. "It's not easy, but I work really hard to find those quiet times when the spotlights aren't on and when you can just be yourself and be with people that you enjoy and love. Those are the best times in life."

Even while on an overseas, Clinton wasn't spared a question about her marital challenges. When asked about her swearing-in speech and how she thanked her husband for a "lifetime of all kinds of experiences," Clinton said she overcame some of the more bitter incidents with "love - and forgiveness."

"Family, faith, friends, are the core of my life and I don't know anybody whose life is smooth sailing," Clinton said.

And as in most female-hosted talk shows, the women talked fashion. "I think Michelle Obama looks fabulous," Clinton said, but admitted she never had a talent for style. "I tell my daughter the fashion gene skipped a generation."

But the hosts and audience members didn't just lob softballs to the U.S. diplomat. Hailing Turkey as an "extraordinary model for the world," Clinton said it's a country whose experience shows, "Democracy and modernity and Islam can all co-exist."

Clinton also responded to questions regarding universal human rights and values. "We have to join together as an international community to further a common humanity."

"We can enjoy our differences, but we can't see each other as aliens anymore."


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Matthew, Detroit

    It reminds me of that line from Tootsie.

    "Do you think you can back up the camera and maker her look better"?

    "How far do you want me to back up the camera"?

    "How about Cleveland"?

    March 10, 2009 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  2. Matthew, Detroit

    And Turkey made dramatic progress in the last 8 years.

    Thank you President Bush.

    Because of you Turkey is better than it ever has been.

    March 10, 2009 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  3. Darren D.

    sec of State Clinton, your Pres is your leader, not the TV, The 2 Sec of State Ladys of term, Leaders, and World Provater. Hill, the VP is the next in line,

    March 10, 2009 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  4. Scott Ferrell

    I find Hillary amazing - Im still saddened she wasnt the Democratic nominee, but I look forward to her running again. She is an inspiration to the human spirit overcoming adversity.

    March 10, 2009 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  5. survivor

    An intelligent representative of women worldwide!

    March 10, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. Irene Talavera

    I loike this article I always admired Hilary in every aspect of her life. She is a model for many of us.

    March 10, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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