Hillary Clinton, jokester


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The Hillary Clinton for president "Hard Choices" book tour was in New York City Thursday for a conversation at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The former Secretary of State addressed any number of weighty topics from Eric Cantor's loss ("I think it shows the continuing conflict within the Republican Party over its direction") to Iraq ("a dreadful, deteriorating situation").  But Clinton also seemed to be in a joking mood.  Here's the CNN report:

At one point, the moderator, CFR President Richard Haass, began asking a question with: "You dealt with some fairly strong personalities…"

"I like to think that the same is true," Clinton jumped in, pointing to herself before letting out a loud laugh.

Talking about the importance of getting to know foreign leaders, she said there were "obvious exceptions" of people with whom it was "very difficult to build relationships."

"I'm talking about you, Vladimir," she said to laughs, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Clinton and Putin have engaged in some recent sparring through the media.

Those who know Clinton well insist she has a good sense of humor -- although she rarely showed it during the 2008 campaign. Here's Lanny Davis on Clinton's laugh:

A bunch of guys and Hillary in the law school lounge.  I forgot the joke, but all of a sudden we heard this great laugh — you only describe it by using the expression “belly laugh” — and we all started laughing harder, realizing that we were egged on by Hillary’s deep and utterly joyful laughter.

In the wake of that losing 2008 campaign, Clinton seems more willing to embrace her funnier side.  Clinton endorsed the hilarious Tumblr "Texts From Hillary" in 2012 and joined Twitter the following year with this bio: "Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD..."

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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