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Hillary Clinton has sweet revenge

Tucker Carlson loses boast

By Sean Loughlin
CNN Washington Bureau

Carlson cuts into the cake as Clinton and Begala look on.
Carlson cuts into the cake as Clinton and Begala look on.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Payback is rarely so sweet.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, helped CNN Crossfire Host Tucker Carlson eat his words Wednesday, following the news that sales of her memoir "Living History" had exceeded 1 million copies.

Carlson, the conservative half of the political talk show, had repeatedly claimed on air that Clinton's book would never sell that many copies, vowing to eat his shoes if it did.

"I will in fact eat my shoes because I'm a man of my word," he proclaimed in one segment.

After liberal co-host Paul Begala played a video clip reviewing Carlson's repeated pledge, Clinton came from behind stage, surprising Carlson with a chocolate cake in the shape of a shoe.

The former first lady was gracious in victory. Carlson was equally gracious in defeat. And the two managed to enjoy some repartee to the audience's delight.

Smiling broadly, Clinton said she felt Carlson had suffered enough "embarrassment and humiliation" and that she had a friend bake the cake -- a "right wingtip."

She presented Carlson with a copy of her book. Inside was an inscription: "Tucker -- you're number one (million) in my book! Best wishes. Hillary Rodham Clinton."

Laughing, Carlson allowed that he didn't accurately predict the popularity of her book.

Replied Clinton, "Well there's a lot that you've been wrong about."

Receiving mixed reviews, "Living History" hit stores last month and flew off the shelves amid an aggressive marketing campaign by publisher Simon & Schuster.

In her memoir, Clinton chronicles her years in the White House as first lady.


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