At a press availability with Hillary Clinton (and, as far as I can tell, the only difference between a press availability and a press conference is that reporters get to sit down at a press conference), a reporter pointed to Clinton’s bracelet and asked: “Is that a crucifix?”
Clinton seemed a little taken aback. “I’m sorry, what?” she said.
“Is that a crucifix?” the reporter repeated.
“It’s a cross,” Clinton replied.
Clinton, who has a staggering range of knowledge and isn’t afraid to show it off, had it right, of course: A crucifix has the depiction of the body of Jesus on it and a cross does not.
But the reporter had his follow-up ready.
“Does it have religious significance?” he asked.
Everybody erupted in laughter.
Does a cross have religious significance? Is that what he really asked?
“Talk about the secular press!” Clinton said.
(via Terry Mattingly at Get Religion)