Watch Bill Clinton and Mindy Kaling share their holiday book picks on “Today”

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In a curious pairing, noted authors Bill Clinton and The Office's Mindy Kaling appeared on Today this morning, to share their recommended holiday book lists with host Ann Curry. One can imagine other possible President-Office book-club duos, such as Obama and Ellie Kemper, or Carter and Creed (which could also work as a buddy cop show).

After briefly getting Clinton's perspective on the North Korean situation (it would have been priceless had the question been posed to Kaling instead), Curry moved to the subject of books, asking the former president why they make good gifts. (She might as well have asked why medicine makes a good gift to a sick person.) Clinton ran with the softball, working in an anecdote about his recently-passed mother-in-law.

Clinton and Kaling's lists were, as you might imagine, quite different. Clinton's was decidedly more highbrow, featuring dense books on history, and the likes of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. (Though, to be fair, Clinton has elsewhere admitted to enjoying James Patterson's Alex Cross novels, as well as Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, and Lee Childs.) Kaling, whose picks included Tina Fey's Bossypants, and the photography book Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson, jokingly protested, "I didn't know his list when I made my list. I would have made it more Ph.D-friendly," after Curry went through Clinton's choices.

But the best part of the segment, and all I'll remember of it, was hearing Curry, who's apparently not much of a reader, initially pronounce Seamus Heaney's name as "Semen." Could it be she had a certain blue dress on her mind?

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