Strobe Talbott on Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell at a Hillary Clinton event

Tuesday, June 1, 2010; A11

From Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's appearance Thursday at the Brookings Institution to discuss the new national security strategy:

Strobe Talbott (moderator): Madam Secretary, before we adjourn the meeting and I thank you formally, on behalf of the gender-challenged people here today who do not roll their eyes -- [laughter] -- at the idea of women's empowerment or leave you alone to raise the issue, I'm going to come back to it by sharing with you and with our friends out here something that Secretary [Madeleine K.] Albright said from that chair two days ago. She was recounting a conversation with her 8-year-old granddaughter, who basically said, "Grandma, what's the big deal about you having been secretary of state? I thought women were always secretary of state." [Laughter.]

Clinton: In her lifetime, that was true, isn't it? [Laughter.]

Talbott: Well, there's poor Colin, but never mind. [Laughter.]

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