I’m not forcing Bill to eat tofu and I don’t want to be VP- Hillary
Is she forcing her husband to eat tofu? No.
Did Bill cry at the wedding? Not really.
Does she want to be vice president? Absolutely not.
On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton graciously handled softball questions about her husband’s diet and her daughter’s wedding at Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women” conference — before moving on to quash persistent rumors that she might be interested in the vice presidential slot in a second-term Obama administration.
Ann Moore, the chairman of Time Inc., launched a Q+A session at the summit of 400 leading women in politics, business and the arts with an assessment of Bill Clinton’s successful drive to slim down ahead of his daughter Chelsea’s wedding in July.
“He looked so trim, and he said that’s because you and Chelsea were forcing him to eat tofu!” Moore said.
Clinton denied this, but did say that the former president — who has a history of heart problems — had sworn off red meat as part of an effort to get healthy.
“He, in response to our urging, really embarked on what became a very successful diet but it also was good for his heart,” Clinton said. “There’s so much evidence now that you can lower your cholesterol, you can actually reverse damage to your arteries by eating plant based meals. So he’s been off of red meat,” Clinton said.
OK. But powerful women want to know: did Bill Clinton cry as he walked Chelsea down the aisle?
“You could tell that he was trying very hard not to cry,” Clinton told the audience. “It was a very emotional moment for all of us, but especially for Bill who was walking our only daughter down the aisle…I felt so good because he actually didn’t cry. He kept it in check until the very end.”
The soft focus continued (“back then you had long blonde hair with a headband,” Moore mused of Clinton’s early Washington years) for several questions before zeroing in on the political story of the day: does Hillary Clinton want to swap jobs with Joe Biden and become vice president?
Here again, the answer was a jovial no.
“I think the vice president is doing a wonderful job. He’s a great friend of mine,” Clinton said, responding to author Bob Woodward’s assertion on CNN that a job swap was “on the table” if Obama’s approval ratings do not improve in time for the 2012 election.
“We have a great relationship and I have absolutely no interest and no reason for doing anything other than just dismissing these stories and moving on — because we have no time. We have so much to do and I think both of us are very happy doing what we’re doing,” Clinton said.
PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/Jason Reed (U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) share a laugh during the Lilly Ledbetter sex discrimination bill signing ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 29, 2009)