Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today took a shot at Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain during a visit to Afghanistan, presumably one of the Central Asian “stan” countries Cain was referring to when he said he didn’t know the names of every foreign leader. Cain said knowing the leader of “small insignificant states around the world” wasn’t necessary for a president.
During a photo op at the top of their meeting in Kabul, Afghan President Hamid Karzai asked Clinton about Cain’s comment earlier this month that he probably won’t know the name of the leader of “Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan.”
“He’s a former pizza company owner,” Clinton told Karzai of Cain.
“Is he that,” Karzai replied.
“Oh yeah, he started something called Godfather pizza,” Clinton said.
“Yes, I see, I see,” Karzai said.
Clinton then turned to U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker and mocked Cain.
“The president was saying he saw a news clip about how Mr. Cain had said, ‘I don’t even know the names of all these presidents of all these countries,’ you know, like, whatever,” she said, mimicking the candidate dismissively.
“That wasn’t right, but anyway, that’s how politics are,” Karzai said diplomatically.
Clinton is in the middle of a trip that is expected to take her to many of the Central Asian countries Cain was referring to.