"When I came back the next day the whole operation was gone. So I think that was the equivalent of being fired," Hillary Clinton said on the Today show

By Tierney McAfee
Updated October 05, 2015 01:50 PM
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Hillary Clinton once got canned from a job at an Alaskan fishery.

The Democratic presidential hopeful revealed on the Today show Monday that after graduating from college, she went to Alaska with some friends and ended up landing a gig packing salmon at a fishing cannery in Valdez.

“I showed up and my first job, I was given a spoon and some boots and I was told to clean out the insides of the salmon,” she explained. “So I did that for a while but the Japanese workers thought I was too slow. So they were yelling at me in Japanese – which of course I couldn’t understand – to go faster. So then they literally kicked me out of that job and they put me on this little conveyor belt where you had to pack the salmon head to tail, head to tail.”

But when Clinton raised concerns about the cleanliness of the fish to the manager, she got the boot from that job as well.

“I said, ‘Are you sure these are okay?’ And he said, ‘Just do the job, don’t ask any questions.’ ”

“And I said, ‘But they don’t look very good and they don’t smell very good.’ And he just yelled at me. Then when I came back the next day the whole operation was gone. So I think that was the equivalent of being fired.”

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Of course, the former secretary of state landed on her feet and now has her sights set on the nation’s highest office.

If elected, she said she’ll play the song “Lean on Me” at her inauguration, a nod to her recent Saturday Night Live performance with Kate McKinnon, “who plays me better than I play me.”

“Maybe that will be a song because it wasn’t as bad as I feared,” Clinton, 67, said on the Today show.

And she’ll likely celebrate with what she revealed as her favorite drink – “a vodka martini, and the James Bond way: shaken.”