The joke's on you, Hillary

Last updated 00:10 22/04/2008
ANOTHER BLIP: US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton referred to Helen Clark as New Zealand's 'former prime minister'.

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Oops, she's done it again. United States presidential candidate and former first lady Hillary Clinton seems to have a knack for putting her foot in it when it comes to famous Kiwis.

In what the Labour Party would hope is more ignorance than prophecy, Mrs Clinton described Helen Clark as "former prime minister of New Zealand".

The gaffe came in a chummy interview with American magazine Newsweek, when journalist Karen Breslau asked Mrs Clinton for a joke: "Here's a good one. Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand: her opponents have observed that in the event of a nuclear war, the two things that will emerge from the rubble are the cockroaches and Helen Clark. [Laughs]"

Mrs Clinton also once said her parents named her after Sir Ed Hillary, a nice line till it was pointed out she was born more than five years before he climbed Everest, when he was still a lesser-known beekeeper.

She was recently caught out in another "mistake", telling a tale of flying into the Balkans under sniper fire. She told an audience she dashed head-down to waiting cars, and that an arrival ceremony had to be cancelled because of the danger.

CBS then unearthed a news video of her arrival, which was posted on YouTube.

The footage shows a serene Mrs Clinton strolling with her entourage from the plane, head held high, to be greeted in a traditional arrival ceremony. There was no evidence of snipers or terrorists.

She explained this away by saying she "misspoke". She called it a "minor blip", saying: "I say a lot of things - millions of words a day - so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement."

Miss Clark found the anecdote amusing and had some words of wisdom for Mrs Clinton - talk to her husband, former United States president Bill Clinton.

"As a current prime minister I spoke with him as a former US president in London only two weeks ago," she said.

 

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