Turkish Coffee on NTV Turkey’s “Come Along with Me”

Posted by Tom Leary
March 7, 2009
Secretary Clinton on Turkish Talk Show

About the Author: Tom Leary is the Public Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

NTV just taped a special edition of the popular show “Come Along with Me” (“Haydi Gel Bizimle Ol”) with Secretary Clinton. The show’s usual format was modified so that the Secretary could meet with young people over coffee. That's the way you traditionally welcome a guest here. But that wasn't the only change. The show was moved from its studio in Istanbul to the Rahmi Koc Museum's cafe in Ankara, which is housed in a 16th century merchant hotel.

When Secretary Clinton walked though the audience of seventy-five young public diplomacy program alumni at the start of the show, she stopped to greet guests. Our audience of twenty-somethings came from as far away as Istanbul to the west and Van on Turkey's border with Iran to the east. Life stories were equally diverse, running the gamut from young entrepreneurs (bee keepers) from rural Van to recently returned Fulbright graduate students. The “Come Along with Me” hosts brought a similar diversity of perspective. Ciğdem Anad is a journalist, Pınar Kür a novelist, Müjde Ar an actress, and Aysun Kayacı a model.

Not surprisingly, the questions covered a lot of ground. For example, a guest from the audience asked the Secretary about similarities and differences between Turkish and American culture. The Secretary responded that one way in which our two countries are similar is that America and Turkey rank first and second in the world in the number of Facebook users. People in both countries network. The Secretary admitted that there are many misconceptions, and that’s why she just announced a new program to send more Turks to the United States and bring Americans here. The Secretary also fielded a question about how violence in the Middle East and in Gaza specifically affected her as a woman and mother.

“Come Along with Me” gave the Secretary a great forum for connecting with Turks on a personal level, underlining in a very human way that we’re listening to Turks’ concerns and how enduring our friendship is. Secretary Clinton connected with her Turkish audience big time.

Comments

Comments

Marcia S.
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Illinois, USA
March 7, 2009

Marcia in Illinois writes:

How wonderful it would be if Secretary Clinton and entrepreneurial women of all ages from the U.S. could meet with entrpreneurial women from other countries to build better relations between the different countries. Sharing our passions to build and create instead of distrusting and judging would be a nice change in the world.

Rosemary
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New Jersey, USA
March 7, 2009

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

Thanks, Tom, for the post. Seems like this was a lot of fun for Hillary and for the young people who participated. She's always a hit with young people.

I hope we can count on more Turkish students coming to U.S. universities. It's one of the best ways for young people to learn about each other's culture. In the 80's there were a lot of Turkish graduate students in our universities. It would be nice to see that again.

Michaela
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Kansas, USA
March 8, 2009

Michaela in Kansas writes:

As an immigrant comming from Europe, I could not be happier and prouder of our new Secretary of State. Even though Hillary deserved to become president, she is the BEST person for the position she is in now. I am absolutely certain that she (and her team) will restore the world status the U.S.A. had in the past: that of an INTELLIGENT leader. With President Obama cleaning up the super-mess within the U.S.A. and Hillary working on restoring the relationships to other countries, I can only see a bright future for the U.S.A. Finally this country will be moving towards the 21st century!

Karen
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Arkansas, USA
March 8, 2009

Karen in Arkansas writes:

Madam Secretary Clinton is amazing! I knew she would work her heart out in whatever public service role she happened to find herself in. I do wish she would get some rest. She needs to sleep at some point! Thank you Madam Secretary!

Carole
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California, USA
March 8, 2009

Carole in California writes:

The United Nations has always been a vocal leader for women's rights and equality. Since the inception of that organization, issues covering women and children have been discussed and supported at every conference that the United Nations has held.

I salute the Secretary of State for her years of support for improving the lives of women and children around the world.

The most important thing we all must do in reduce violence against women and children so that they can gain leadership and grow strong.

Hakan T.
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Turkey
March 8, 2009

Hakan in Turkey writes:

Hello. I was so glad to see Mrs. Clinton in Turkey again. Turkish people love The Clintons and The Obamas. We hope the world will be a better place with you. We will be very happy to meet Mr. President and the first lady in the near future in Turkey. Best wishes from Istanbul...

Wendy
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California, USA
March 9, 2009

Wendy in California writes:

Dear PAC Leary,

The wonderful detail you give is particularly compelling to us continent-bound folk who can only visit Turkey through your eyes. Beekeepers!

I'm struck that the "Haydi Gel Bizimle Ol" hosts are so diverse. The Indonesian show Dahsyat was also a combination of entertainment and news. I'm more than a tad envious of this kind of "popular" show.

I would certainly be interested in any more informal observations you can give us about Turkey.

Terry
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Connecticut, USA
March 9, 2009

Terry in Connecticut writes:

It is safe to say Secretary of State Clinton is loving her job. In retrospect i think having her as Secretary of State is better than VP. I initially wanted her as President but Obama beat her out. Still as a democrat i am glad having Obama as president and Hillary our U.S. Secretary of State. Keep up the good job Hillary.

Sharon
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Michigan, USA
March 9, 2009

Sharon in Michigan writes:

I read this website on a daily basis and find it most informative. My knowledge of our state dept. will greatly improve over Hillary Clinton's tenure.

brandi
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District Of Columbia, USA
March 10, 2009

Brandi in Washington writes:

There are enough Turks living in America. And considering Turks hate us more than any other country in the world well let them sit there in their country in misery. We dont need any more Turks coming here and using our woman for money and green cards and than disappear after beating our American girls. Lebanon, Syria and Afghanistan like us more than Turks and these countries have legitimate excuses to hate us.

Thank you for your work Mrs.Clinton!! We love you.

Maria
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Turkey
March 10, 2009

Maria in Turkey writes:

Great information! Thank you very much. We women always be together.

Metin
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Turkey
March 11, 2009

Metin in Turkey writes:

@ Brandi in Washington -- I'm sure you don't know anything about Turkish people.. You are on wrong way. Please make more research and write your new opinions again. You can not believe how your ideas change! As everybody knows, Turkish people don't hate Americans.

Mrs. Clinton, Thank you for your visit..

Amanda
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West Virginia, USA
March 11, 2009

Amanda in West Virginia writes:

@ Brandi in Washington: Where do you get your information? I have been priveliged(sp) to have friends from Turkey and I am sure that they would disagree with your statement.

julia
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Canada
March 21, 2009

Julia in Canada writes:

@ Brandi in Washington -- As one of those women unknowingly used by a Turk for a visa to Canada and then abused when the visa was refused, I totally agree with you. Don't let them into North America. Many of the people are indeed wonderful and incredibly hospitable but you have to watch your back constantly for the ones looking to gain something. There is a great suspicion of the West and a fierce hatred of Americans ( mainly against Bush )which they expressed openly to me since i am canadian. They don't integrate ( look at germany's situation ) and the violence against women doesn't end at our borders. As someone who lived there for several years and knows the judicial system well, the human rights situation is appalling. Even the Canadian consulate website was blocked by their internet control facists. As someone warned me once, if you shake hands on a deal with a Turk, count your fingers after.

julia
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Canada
March 11, 2009

Julia in Canada writes:

@ Metin: Turks don't hate Americans ? Oh puleeeez. I was teaching a class in istanbul -- the subject of north america and pollution was the topic and suddenly one of my adult students raised his fist, glared at the world map and shouted KILL AMERICA!!! If Turks remain unwilling to admit improvements are needed and continue to whitewash everything, there won't be any progress.

Hakan
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Turkey
March 12, 2009

Hakan in Turkey writes:

Dear visitors I was so glad to meet Mrs. Clinton in Istanbul and I sent a message here. But what a pitty I feel sorry about some negative messages that I saw in here. If there is hate it came out after the Iraq war. The main reason was that, normally Turks admire U.S.A. and American people. I believe everything will be like before 2003 with the help of Mr. Obama and his friends. Best wishes from Istanbul.

Alaattin
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Canada
September 24, 2009

Alaattin in Canada writes:

10 Things You Didn't Know About Turkish Coffee

**Published on 19 August 2009 by "Turkish Coffee"

1. Cooking Turkish Coffee is the oldest method of cooking any type of coffee in the history.
2. Due to soft Turkish Coffee Foam, the taste of Turkish Coffee stays in the mouth longest compared to any other coffee.
3. Since Turkish Coffee is served in special coffee cups with thin round corners, Turkish Coffee stays hot longer than regular coffee.
4. Turkish Coffee is the only coffee that is cooked by boiling the ground coffee beans.
5. Turkish Coffee is the only coffee type that you can read the fortune in the coffee cup.
6. Turkish Coffee is cooked and served without filtered. Coffee grounds sink to the bottom after being poured into the Turkish Coffee Cup.
7. Turkish Coffee is the only coffee served with its coffee grounds without filtered.
8. Compared to other coffee types, Turkish Coffee contains less caffeine per serving.
9. Turkish Coffee is the only coffee that is being cooked with sugar. Sugar is added after cooking to other coffees.
10. Since per serving amount is much less than regular coffee, Turkish Coffee does not overwhelm by drinking couple of cups a day.

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