Hillary Clinton talks gravy chips, the Kardashians, and how not to burn the top of your mouth

By Jenny Schlesinger

Nov 8, 2010 5:46pm

ABC News' Kirit Radia reports: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has received many gifts during her extensive travels abroad as America’s top diplomat. Yesterday, she added gravy flavored potato chips to the list.  “I am thrilled,” Clinton said. “I cannot tell you how much this means to me.”  The gift came courtesy of radio jocks Hamish Blake and Andy Lee who interviewed Clinton in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday where she was wrapping up a marathon swing through Asia and the Pacific. After noting the chips had long since expired, one of the radio hosts said “If you try to eat them, technically that's an assassination attempt by us.”  “I have people on my delegation who will actually eat this,” Clinton replied. “Because they’ll eat anything.”  The interview was the latest in a series that Clinton has given during her tenure to reach out to young audiences as she travels abroad. She gave her first one in Indonesia on her first trip shortly after taking office, when she appeared on the show whose title translates into “Awesome!”  Many of those interviews have touched on serious topics, but this one tilted towards the bizarre.  When talking about the perception of Americans abroad, one host mentioned the Kardashians.  “The Kardashians, exactly,” Clinton said. ”If you look at American TV as much of the rest of the world does, you would think we all went around wrestling and wearing bikinis.  I mean, that’s what you would think we spend our entire day doing, right?”  “We’ll scratch off question four,” one of them said, according to a transcript released by the State Department.  Asked if Clinton has ever told anyone who has crossed her that they’ve just made a powerful enemy, she replied: “No, but I’ve thought it… I’ve learned diplo-speak.”  “I live by the old adage, don’t get mad; get even,” she added.  The radio jocks asked her what she thought about their goal of preventing people from burning their mouths with food that is too hot.  “If you just think about it, people go around with the tops of their mouths burnt.  They can’t communicate well,” Clinton said, adding that might lead to a decline in peace and, if they stop eating, an increase in hunger.  She also counseled one host on how to avoid confrontation with a neighbor he did not want to invite to a barbeque.  “You have a potential hot spot next door,” she said. “The path of least resistance is to invite him.”  “And that’s why you are the Secretary of State of the United States of America,” the host said.  Clinton’s appearance comes as the show, called “Hamish and Andy,” is coming to an end on November 27 after five highly rated years on the air. The comedic pair is famous for their slapstick, stunts, and mischief. In the past they have interviewed world leaders like the Dalai Lama.  You can read the odd, disjointed interview in its entirety HERE. -Kirit Radia

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