Hillary Goes ‘Awesome’ but Won’t Sing for Cameras

By Lee Speigel

Feb 18, 2009 11:31pm

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz reports from Jakarta, Indonesia:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a very fun appearance on a local youth-oriented variety show here in Jakarta, the title of which translates to "Awesome."

"I heard I was going to be on an awesome show," she told the audience in an appearance that showed her lighter side.

Clinton talked about her favorite music. "I’m old. The Beatles and Rolling Stones," America’s top diplomat insisted.

Clinton also revealed how her husband, former President Bill Clinton, can work and concentrate while listening to hard rock and jazz, but said she has to have classical music on when she concentrates.

The young hosts swooned when Clinton said she had just talked to President Obama, who lived in Indonesia for four years during his childhood and remains popular here, and said the president sent greetings to his homeland.

Clinton also referenced the school children she saw on her arrival yesterday, who greeted her at the airport waving American and Indonesian flags. She talked about reaching out to Indonesians, a key objective of her travel here to the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

At the end of the program Clinton politely sidestepped the chance to make international headlines when she was asked to sing for the cameras. She laughed and said, "See all these people, they will leave if I sing." 

Now we’re off to South Korea and the third leg of Clinton’s four country Asian tour.

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