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Katie Couric Reacts To Odd New Role As Face Of Iraq’s Electricity Ministry: ‘I’m Calling My Lawyer… I’m Kidding’

Calling in to ABC’s Good Afternoon America, anchor Katie Couric spoke about her new (and totally unofficial) gig as the spokesperson for Iraq’s Electricity Ministry.

Couric told host Lara Spencer that Good Morning America had actually broke the news that her “megawatt smile” would be gracing billboards in Iraq, scooping the The York Times‘ report on the new campaign months ago.

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Plus, as the NYT reports, she’s not without fans overseas:

At more than two dozen locations around this city, officials have posted giant billboards of Ms. Couric, billed as “America’s Sweetheart” during her time as a host of the “Today” show on NBC. From high above the steamy streets, or from the side of blast walls, Ms. Couric beams out at passers-by in an advertisement for a daily news bulletin about electricity that is produced by the government and is shown on 11 satellite television channels.

“It doesn’t give me hope about electricity, but I like to see her beautiful face,” Habib Harbi, who sells watermelon in the summer and sweets in the winter, said as he looked across the street at the billboard from his fruit stand.

Couric’s reaction? “I’m calling my lawyer. …I’m kidding.”

Have a look at the segment, via ABC:

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