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Madeleine's Albrights explanation of why Xena is associated with her at an official address, after being introduced as Xena, warrior princess.
(Applause.) SEC. ALBRIGHT: Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thanks a lot. Thank you. Mo, that's great. I'm very pleased to be here with the members of the diplomatic corps and friends from Capitol Hill and journalists and colleagues and guests. It's a pleasure to always be back at the Center for National Policy, and -- when I get introductions, it isn't usually as Xena but as the former president of the Center for National Policy. But I must say that the Xena introduction issue -- it all started when I actually was in New Zealand, where somebody asked me a question about whether I knew about Xena the Warrior Princess, and I said I did, though I didn't -- (laughs) -- (laughter) -- but I have since learned a lot. And what I also have found is when I speak to huge student audiences -- and all of us are practiced public speakers, so we know there's a moment where you're losing your audience. And so then you think, What am I going to do now? This I did out in the State of Washington at some point where I had a huge high school audience, and I said, "You know, they call me Xena the Warrior Princess," and I went like that -- (gestures) -- and I got my audience back -- (laughter) -- and I was able to go on. [snip]
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