Former President Bill Clinton has a suggestion for what he should be called if his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, becomes the first woman to win the presidency — "Adam."
Appearing on the Food Network's "Rachael Ray" show to whip up a batch of Game Day chili, Clinton joked: "Lets say, if a woman becomes president, we could, I could be called 'Adam.' I don't know," the Chicago Sun-Times reports
of comments Clinton made prior to the show's Thursday airing.
Clinton was responding to Ray's question: "What would you then be called? Would you be 'First Fella?' "
Clinton also speculated on what might happen should a gay couple one day reside in the White House.
"You know, if the president is a man, you call the president's spouse the 'first lady,' so we'll have to cross this bridge" if it ever happens, the Sun-Times noted.
The promo for the show
states, "President Bill Clinton Cooks Game-Day Chili With Rach. Get ready for one of our biggest shows ever! Former President Bill Clinton is here, and he's giving us an update on what it's like to be a first-time grandparent, plus how he's helping to fight childhood obesity.
"Then, he's joining Rachael in the kitchen to make a healthy game-day chili."
Clinton, whose wife has not yet formally announced her candidacy for the Democrat nomination, told Ray: "We're joking about this, but it's a serious decision. Serious decision for Hillary, serious decision for the country, and the world," The Hill reported
Indicating that the decision to run is Mrs. Clinton's to make, he told Ray: "I'm happy to joke about it, but, look, I love my wife. Whatever she wants to do, I'm for. I think it'd be good for the country because she's the ablest person I've ever worked with," The Hill said.
However, should she choose not to run, Clinton said, he has a backup plan in the works. "If she decided not to do it, I'd give her the bucket list, and we'd go check 'em off," he told Ray.
Last year, during a speech in Toronto, Mrs. Clinton said that if she were to win the presidency, her hubby could be referred to as the nautical-sounding "first mate," or the more land-based "first man," the National Journal reports
, which relates well to former President Clinton's choice of Adam.
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