Hillary Reveals What Her Husband Needed Coaching in Before Saving North Korea Hostages
Former Secretary of State and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton was in New York Thursday to visit Late Night with Seth Meyers. Clinton, who maintains a substantive lead in the polls over her party rivals Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, joked with Meyers about the role that her ex-husband President Bill Clinton may have if she is elected to the White House.
“How hard is it going to be to keep him out [of the Situation Room]?” asked Meyers to a laugh from the crowd. Clinton considered for a moment before revealing that her husband’s depth of experience could serve in a variety of ways, as it has done for both Presidents who followed him.
Clinton responded, “He’s a former President — he has been asked to do things by both President Obama and President George W. Bush… there’s a lot you can learn.”
The Former Secretary of State told the story of the lengths to which her State Department and the Obama administration had to go to rescue two captured American journalists from North Korea. She noted that while he was still alive, former DPRK supreme leader Kim Jong-Il said, “we would turn [the hostages] over to a distinguished American.” When the idea of former President Bill Clinton was floated to serve as the ambassador of the mission — “a little awkward for me,” noted Hillary, then at the State Department — she talked about the techniques Bill had to be coached on in order to pull off the mission to Pyongyang.
“We had to tell him he could never smile around the North Korean President. No smiling around. He could not look like there was anything of interest or fun about being in Pyongyang to rescue our two journalists… Very hard for him,” she recounted to Meyers. After serving two months in a North Korean prison, Euna Lee and Laura Ling — the sister of CNN’s Lisa Ling — were released during Bill Clinton’s visit in August of 2009.
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