On The Colbert Report Tuesday, Stephen Colbert revealed that he’s midway through former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s much-talked-about memoir, Hard Choices. He had some complaints. First: “This is book is 656 pages of shameless name dropping.” (Hillary Clinton meets with everyone from Aung San Suu Kyi to Bono.) Secondly: ”There is no way on earth one woman can be in so many places at once.”
Guess who showed up next.
Clinton’s visit to the Colbert Report was decidedly shorter than her sit down with Jon Stewart a couple of weeks ago. And while Stewart pressed Clinton on her possible presidential ambitions, Colbert was happy to stick to the jokes.
The two engaged in a mock name-dropping competition, comparing who was closer to George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities. Colbert ended by playing a trump card, pointing out that he once did an entire show with former president Bill Clinton.
“I hate to break this to you, Stephen,” Hillary Clinton said. “But I’ve met him too.”
Still, Colbert wasn’t about to let Hillary get away without making some “real hard choices,” and asked Clinton whether she would rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses.”
Clinton pointed that the best solution would be to find common ground between ducks and horses. Maybe that strategy’s just pandering to high-voter turnout duck and horse constituencies—but it still sounds like skilled diplomacy.