The toughest negotiation: How Hillary and Bill figure out where to eat.

I love this. It’s from a radio show that Secretary of State Clinton did in Australia:

Question: It all requires excellent patience, great negotiation skills. Your husband also possesses those qualities. When you two can’t agree on what to get for takeaway dinner, who wins out in that type of negotiation?

Clinton: We practice different models of negotiation around important issues like that.

Question: Yeah.

Clinton: Because if I were to say to him, as I have on many occasions, "What shall we have for dinner tonight?" If he says to me, "Oh, I don’t care; you choose," I know that’s a really bad answer, because then I’m stuck with the responsibility.

Question: Yeah.

Clinton: So I will come back and I’ll say, "All right. Well, so how do you feel about Chinese — "

Question: Oh, good.

Clinton: — or Mexican or Italian?" And if he says a second time, "I really, really don’t care," then I will go choose. Now, contrarily, if he says to me, "What do you want for dinner tonight," I will say, "What do you want?" Then he’ll go, "Well, I was thinking of maybe picking up some Thai." And if I’m in a good humor, I’ll say, "That’s fine." But if I am feeling not enthusiastic about Thai, I’ll say, "Well, maybe we should consider something else." And he’ll say, "Well, then you choose." (Laughter.)

Question: Do you ever eat before midnight? (Laughter.)

Clinton: We are very late eaters. Yes, we do. I mean, this could go on — this goes on for some time.

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