The State Department’s senior advisor Philippe Reines released a transcript to reporters Thursday evening with the quote:
AYELET WALDMAN: My daughter was reading Catcher in the Rye, and I said, “Oh, don’t you love that book?” And she said, “What is his problem? He’s unhappy? He should go volunteer.”
SECRETARY CLINTON: Good for her. I like your daughter without even meeting her. I mean, I think there’s so much to that, because I mean, God, I can’t stand whining. I can’t stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into because they are not happy with choices they made. You live in a time when there are endless choices, and you don’t have to have money for them. Money certainly helps. I mean, having that kind of financial privilege goes a long way, but you don’t even have to have money for it. But you have to – even, like, work on yourself, learn to play a sport, do something.
AYELET WALDMAN: I’m going to tell Sophie that you agree with her.
“It’s outlandish and misleading for Marie Clare to imply anything else from sympathizing with reporter’s daughter Sophie,” Reines said.