Clinton tells how she fell for Bill "long ago"

Sat Mar 7, 2009 11:35am EST
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By Sue Pleming

ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a sideshow to diplomacy, lamented on Saturday her fashion sense, divulged when she fell in love and shared how she dealt with personal struggles.

Appearing on a popular Turkish television chat show, Hadi Gel Bizimle (Come and Join Us), Clinton tackled a few diplomatic questions but the main focus was on her personal life, such as when she "last" fell in love.

"It was so long ago, with my husband," she told the studio audience, adding that she first met former President Bill Clinton in the spring of 1971 when they were at law school.

"We have been talking to each other and enjoying our life together ever since," she said.

The appearance on the show, with four female interviewers, is part of Clinton's strategy to reach out to ordinary people through public diplomacy efforts.

She appeared on a popular television show while in Indonesia last month on a tour of Asia. During her swing through Europe and the Middle East this week, she met students on the Israeli-occupied West Bank and held a town hall meeting in Brussels. Clinton returns to Washington on Sunday.

Asked what she missed most about private life, Clinton said it was shopping for herself and sitting around in pavement cafes, drinking coffee and "people-watching."

"I sacrificed a lot of my privacy, which I regret," she said, adding that the benefits of public service were huge.   Continued...

<p>Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) talks with Turkish businesswoman Hayriye Ersoy (L) as she is flanked by Turkish talk show hosts Cigdem Anad (2nd R) and Aysun Kayaci (2nd L) after the taping of their talk show for Turkish broadcaster NTV in Ankara March 7, 2009. REUTERS/Osman Orsal</p>