Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Hillary Clinton Takes 'Between Two Ferns' Jabs in Pant-Suit Stride

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Hillary Clinton Takes 'Between Two Ferns' Jabs in Pant-Suit Stride

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Warning to anyone much over the age of 50: If you watch Hillary Clinton's interview on "Between Two Ferns" with comedian Zach Galifianakis, you may not get it.

Mrs. Clinton appears low energy, even a bit under the weather, and in a state of perpetual annoyance. The last part is intentional; the whole conceit of "BTF" on FunnyOrDie.com is that the celebrity guest has to put up with one rude, out-of-it question after another for five whole minutes. The guest knows it's coming, and plays along.

Which Clinton did. But was she funny? And did she win any "cool" points with Millennial voters, who on paper support her but threaten not to show up on Election Day? She just doesn't have the mojo of a Barack Obama - or even a Bernie Sanders - and if young voters don't bother to turn out, she's in trouble.

We'll just say it straight up: The questions are funnier than the answers. But at least some Millennials beg to differ.

"Are you excited to be the first girl president?" Galifianakis asks. Clinton plays it straight, assuring the host that her election would mean a lot to both little girls and little boys. "That's pretty special," she says.

Galifianakis follows up: "For a younger, younger generation you will also become their first white president, and that's pretty neat, too."

Then this: "As secretary, how many words per minute could you type? And how does President Obama like his coffee? Like himself - weak?"

"You know, Zach, those are really out of date questions," deadpans Clinton, the former secretary of State.

Then she's asked what she'll wear next Monday at her first debate with Donald Trump - an opening for Clinton to note the double standard female candidates face, with attention to wardrobe that male candidates don't usually face.

"I have no idea, so if you've got suggestions, I'm open to them," she responded.

Galifianakis levels the playing field by asking what Mr. Trump might wear.

"I assume he'll wear that red power tie," she said. …

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