August 6th, 2014
10:10 AM ET
4 months ago

Hillary Clinton makes fun of herself on 'The Colbert Report'

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton poked fun at herself on an unannounced visit to "The Colbert Report" on Tuesday night.

The former secretary of state, who has been on a two-month tour to promote her book "Hard Choices," joked with Stephen Colbert in a scripted segment about the amount of name-dropping in her book and her regular use of diplomatic language.

"Madame, it is not just your name-dropping that I call into question, I question your title," Colbert said. "There aren't any real hard choices in here."

The comedian then posed this question to Clinton: "Which would you rather fight: one horse-sized duck or a hundred duck-sized horses?"

Clinton used the question to joke about her frequent use of diplomatic phrases.

"I admit, that is a valid question. Here is what I would do," Clinton said.

"First, I would try to find common ground between ducks and horses. For instance, they both grew up on Old McDonald's Farm," Clinton said to laughs. "Then I'd establish a timetable to achieve meaningful horse-duck dialogue."

She then added, "And Stephen, I am convinced, with patience and a strong commitment from our allies the pigs and the geese, we would have peace, peace here; peace, peace, there; here a peace; there a peace; everywhere a peace."

"E-I-E-I-O you're good," Colbert proclaimed.

The duo also joked about Clinton's new book, "Hard Choices," and the prolific name dropping the former secretary of state does in the retelling of her four years as secretary of state.

"This book is 656 pages of shameless name-dropping," Colbert said, before sparring with Clinton about what celebrities the two were friends with.

When Colbert joked about going campaigning with Oprah, Clinton referred to the famed TV host as "O" - the name "all her real friends" call her.

As the back-and-forth mounted, Colbert said, "I will have you know, Madam, I once did an entire show with President Bill Clinton."

Throwing her arms in the air, Clinton retorted, "I hate to break this to you, Stephen, but I’ve met him, too."


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    --very timely response. I think we need a president like her. Yes, on Hillary16.

    August 6, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Gunderson

    Whazzat?,
    Hillary poking fun at herself. Kinda like Jesus after He was nailed to the Cross. It finally dawned on him that he had screwed up! Famous last words??

    August 6, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. reality can be so cruel

    Uh oh, she looks pretty human to me, the gop is steaming mad by now. Smart, insightful woman, very shrewd, a big plus for our side. But the gop has Sarah Palin, and Michelle Bachman, yikes!!! Nevermind.

    August 6, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. S.B. Stein

    This shows that she can have fun with things. I hope that all those in office can lighten up some time. It would be even better if they could all work together among the two Houses of Congress and the President.

    August 6, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. sonny chapman

    She's good. Sure,she's got her flaws, but Repubs. gonna have to come up with a Good Candidate to beat her...and they know it !

    August 6, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Ford Fischer

    If only I could snap my fingers and censor out Clinton's face from the news.

    August 6, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Wes

    hillary is a disaster.

    August 6, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. it must be said

    Wonderful... 8 years of an incompetent comedic clown named Obama in the White House wasn't enough? Isn't this how we got the current buffoon? Frequent appearances on these joke shows and no serious questions ever asked or answered? Liberals and lefties are turning the whole country into a joke and a laughing stock around the world.

    August 6, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Keep em shaking Hillary! 😊😊😊

    August 6, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Tony D

    Randy, San Francisco
    The Clinton name and touch is still magic. The Clinton years were good ones...prosperous with a balanced budget.
    --

    Thanks to a Republican Congress and a DOT COM boom/bubble that he had nothing to do with. You do know he handed George Bush a recession right?

    August 6, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Gunderson
    Whazzat?,
    Hillary poking fun at herself. Kinda like Jesus after He was nailed to the Cross. It finally dawned on him that he had screwed up! Famous last words??
    ---------------

    What exactly did Jesus think he'd "screwed up" while being nailed to the cross? If my Bible serves me correctly, Jesus spent the night prior on his knees in deferential prayer giving his complete obedience to Gods will.

    August 6, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. just me

    It must be said: the world isn't laughing at the dems, they're laughing at the repo clown bus. You know, the party that doesn't believe in evolution and does believe the world is a few thousand years old. Now that's funny!

    August 6, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    it must be said

    Wonderful... 8 years of an incompetent comedic clown named Obama in the White House wasn't enough? Isn't this how we got the current buffoon? Frequent appearances on these joke shows and no serious questions ever asked or answered? Liberals and lefties are turning the whole country into a joke and a laughing stock around the world.
    ------------------------------
    Name calling is an obvious sign that you've lost the argument, meaning you have nothing of substance to offer.
    Didn't Pres. Obama do an interview on Fox with Bill? But, Bill kept interrupting his answers.

    August 6, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. rick

    Why not?? Some people just dont get that a sence of humor is a essential part of being a person. Laughter is the best medicine is a great part of readers digest for decades. If you cant go and see a show thats funny. Or a movie with simple humor and forget your worries and enjoy every so often. The world becomes a dry dull place. This one needs nothing but a show of humor is great sometimes. She had some fun and laughs with him and the topics. Good for her. There are times that she needs to unwind and just joke around. Its called being human.. And this time laughter was the best medicine.

    August 6, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Really?

    Keep Campaigning for Hillary CNN. your liberal bias is showing.

    August 6, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Tony D

    Randy, San Francisco
    The Clinton name and touch is still magic. The Clinton years were good ones...prosperous with a balanced budget.
    -

    Thanks to a Republican Congress and a DOT COM boom/bubble that he had nothing to do with. You do know he handed George Bush a recession right?
    -------------------–
    Nope, that's not what happened. The recession was most likely caused by Alan Greenspan's "irrational exuberance" at raising interest rates in an effort to slow down economic growth. Worried about the economy peaking and stalling, which never happened years after he made the remark, he raised the rates a record number of times over the span of 3-4 months, something like 7 or 8 times. All of this took place in the spring of 2001.

    August 6, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Silence DoGood

    @Lynda/Minnesota
    Gunderson
    Whazzat?,
    Hillary poking fun at herself. Kinda like Jesus after He was nailed to the Cross. It finally dawned on him that he had screwed up! Famous last words??
    -----

    What exactly did Jesus think he'd "screwed up" while being nailed to the cross? If my Bible serves me correctly, Jesus spent the night prior on his knees in deferential prayer giving his complete obedience to Gods will.
    -----
    When conservatives start frothing at the mouth, 'Forgive them, they know not what they say.'

    August 6, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Gunderson

    Well,
    When you have been around the Zodiac many times there isn't much left to learn. Since it has been 2000 years or so the message has lost a lot in the translation, or has it? It has been reported that Jesus looked towards the Heavens there on the cross, and asked (Paraphrased), My God why have you abandoned me? He finally got the message that he had screwed up! I realize it may take many centuries for some of you to understand. The (Annointed One) in the White explains you ignorance very well!

    August 6, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Thomas

    She will win in2016 !

    I think Rick Perry needs bigger classes

    August 6, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Thomas

    She will win in2016 !

    I think Rick Perry will need a bigger pair of glasses .

    August 6, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, well. That was one heavy load Jesus carried on that cross of his for us, Gunderson. Your definition of God's abandonment is that which we will have to agree to disagree on.

    August 6, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. definitely

    The longer she postpones the real question of running for president the less time she will have to answer the real questions of her views. They will likely be more serious and definitely not funny to voters.

    August 6, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |