Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stars alongside Kevin Spacey in a creepy, clever birthday video for her husband, former President Bill Clinton, which went live Friday on YouTube.
Spacey, who is in character as “House of Cards'” Machiavellian protagonist Frank Underwood, begins the clip as he begins many of the Netflix series’ episodes — by delivering an ominous monologue directly into the camera.
“Washington, D.C. is so boring during the summer,” he says. “But I like to entertain myself by, well, having some fun with my predecessors.”
Suddenly, Spacey is on the phone with Hillary Clinton, doing an impression of her husband. “I just want to make sure you don’t forget, my birthday is coming up, right?” Spacey asks with his best Arkansas accent. “Do you know what you’re getting me yet?”
“I told you, this is a very personal decision that I will make when I’m ready,” she responds. It’s a clear reference to her refusal thus far to announce whether she’ll seek the presidency in 2016. The two go back and forth with their political double entendres, with Spacey’s character trying to uncover whether she’ll run for office.
Eventually, she figures out it’s Spacey on the phone and instructs him to sign Bill Clinton’s birthday card. Yup, the clip is actually a “House of Birthday Cards” sketch, put together by the Clinton Foundation in honor of his 68th birthday on Aug. 19.
The cute viral video could translate into easy publicity for both Spacey — nominated this year for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Emmy — and Hillary Clinton, who might run for president.