by Julie Miller
Earlier this month, we noted Hillary Clinton’s sudden surge in coolness after the Secretary of State spent a night dancing and drinking beer at a bar in Colombia, where she was attending an international summit. (President Obama, who attended the same summit but was not pictured in blurry bar photos the next day, we theorized, had faked an illness so that he could catch up on Mad Men and aimless Wikipedia searches in his hotel room.) But just how is Hillary Clinton accelerating her awesomeness this week? By coolly rejecting tenuous casting offers for popular prime-time television shows.
On last night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jason Segel appeared to promote his new comedy The Five-Year Engagement. But before discussing the movie, the comedic actor excitedly dove into an anecdote about how, according to Segel, the stateswoman recently got in touch with him to turn down a role that she was never officially offered on his CBS sitcom, How I Met Your Mother.
“Every time I’m on the red carpet and [reporter ask me], ‘Who is the mother going to be?’ I always say Hillary Clinton, just as a joke. And then I got a letter in the mail that was like, ‘I appreciate your request but I must say that I am very busy doing politics. If the opportunity ever arise, I would be happy to do something together. —Hillary Clinton.’ [Laughing.] I got a rejection letter from Hillary Clinton.”
That’s right. If you make a snide joke about casting Hillary Clinton on the red carpet, she will allegedly locate her coolest stationery, find your address, and personally reject your fake casting offer. (Not to mention create an entertaining anecdote that topic-bombs the late-night-talk-show segment you were supposed to dedicate to your upcoming movie.) Point: Hillary Clinton. At this rate, Clinton will either inspire her own Chuck Norris–style satirical factoids, start quoting Tupac Shakur on Capitol Hill, or spur her own Ryan Gosling–style meme, which she will respond to in the coolest fashion possible. Oh wait.