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Kathie Lee to Rumsfeld: I see you as 'Yummy Rummy'

May 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM ET

Video: Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld blushes when Kathie Lee reveals how her former assistant had a small crush on him and called him “yummy Rummy.” Rumsfeld writes in his book “Rumsfeld’s Rules” that saying “thank you” and “I am sorry” has helped him through a successful marriage of 58 years.

Donald Rumsfeld has written a book about what he's learned in his lifetime. He came by the Fourth Hour to tell Kathie Lee about "Rumsfeld's Rules," talk about the importance of having dogs, and do an impression of Rick Perry.

Kathie Lee had some knowledge to drop on him, however — some people find him sexy.

"A few years ago I had an assistant," she said. "She was so in love with you, she called you 'Yummy Rummy.'"

"Oh no," said Rumsfeld.

"And that's all I can think of when you walked in," she said. "You still got it."

"Well," I play squash," he replied.

Alas, Donald Rumsfeld said he is happily married … and told KLG that his wife taught him "humility," so the new nickname probably won't go to his head.