Albright Jokes about Czech Food in DNC Speech

Albright Jokes about Czech Food in DNC Speech

Czechoslovak-born former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright appeared at the Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia last night, delivering a speech in support of democratic nominee Hillary Clinton that included references to Czech food, Prague, and President Havel.

The 79-year-old Albright, who fled with her family to Britain during World War II and then to the United States in 1948, recalled taking Clinton, with whom she has shared a 25-year working relationship, to the Czech capital:

“We went to Prague where I showed her the city of my birth and made her eat Czech cabbage. She didn’t like it very much. We met with Václav Havel who she did like very much because he made so many dreams of freedom come true.”

Albright became Secretary of State under Bill Clinton and was the first woman to hold the office. She also served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and was a member of President Clinton’s National Security Council.

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The Smíchov native, went on to condemn Clinton opponent Donald Trump’s pro-Putin statements, saying that a Trump presidency would be a “gift” to the Russian president:

“Take it from someone who fled the Iron Curtain I know what happens when you give Russians the green light. We must make sure this never happens.”

Elizabeth Haas

Elizabeth Haas is the editor of She has lived in Prague for 12 years working as a writer and editor of cookbooks and travel guides. Her work has appeared in both Czech and American publications.

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