01/02/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bill Clinton Jokes About 'Rebellious' Women: "Got Any Advice On That?"

The Wall Street Journal reports on the Tuesday meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in Hong Kong -- where the former President was overshadowed a bit by his wife's Secretary of State nomination:

Clinton never talked about his wife openly Tuesday. But later in the afternoon, as Clinton chatted onstage with Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, about world affairs, he did make an indirect reference that earned him a few appreciative laughs.

Answering a question about the role of women's education in alleviating poverty, Lee commented with no apparent awareness of the irony that once subservient Japanese women are heading abroad to find work in New York and Washington, "rebelling against being slaves to their husbands."

"Got any advice on that?" Clinton deadpanned.