Daytime TV became a political playground Tuesday as Hillary Clinton appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and Bill Clinton guested on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
Seeking to reach new audiences in her presidential campaign, Hillary sat with Degeneres for three segments, in which she said that the biggest misperception people have about her is that “I’m some kind of creature from an alien world, I suppose.”
Clinton said she wants to “clear away all of the brush so people can get a fair shot at figuring out what they think of me.”
She sidestepped DeGeneres’ question about whether she’d pick Barack Obama as a running mate. “You know, I’m sort of superstitious so I don’t talk about what I might do,” Clinton said.
Her husband, meanwhile, was promoting his new book “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World.” Among other things, Clinton writes of how celebrities can become inspiring figures for others to give. He cited Winfrey’s Angel Network, which has received more than $50 million in donations.
Clinton, however, downplayed his role in his wife’s campaign.
“If she’s writing an important article or giving an important speech, she’ll ask me to read it,” he told Winfrey during the show taped Friday. “And once in a while she’ll ask me for some advice on something strategic. But she knows so much more about a lot of this stuff than I do because I’m far removed from it.”
Clinton’s Global Initiative, which has raised billions from multinational corporations and celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, will have its meeting this month.
Clinton also gave a suggestion as to what he should be called should be become First Husband.
“My Scottish friends say I should be called ‘first laddie’ because it’s the closest thing to ‘first lady,’ ” he said. “I’m not so worried about what I’m called as what I’m called upon to do.”
Clinton also taped an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” below, where he followed up on his wife’s suggestion — mainly in jest — that he had looked into his eligibility for the VP slot.
Clinton told Letterman, “I just don’t think it’s Constitutional. I don’t think it’s right and I wouldn’t want to do that. I’d want to do whatever I could do to be of highest and best use for her, but there are lots of wonderful people out there, including all the people that are running this time would be good Vice Presidents. And, that’s just not in the cards.”
If the talk-show politicking seemed a bit tilited toward the Clinton camp, Tyra Banks was spotted at Barack Obama headquarters in Chicago in preparation for his appearance on her show. And Winfrey holds her fund-raiser for Obama on Saturday.