When I first met Joe and Valerie, I quickly got to the classic Washington question: What do you do? Valerie's answer was more than a little vague. She quickly said she was a consultant. As a fourth-generation Washingtonian, I have learned that when someone says, "I'm a consultant," that is a cue to back off, as it usually means the person is unemployed or "between engagements."
I think I found it: ( this is a joke )
Mehlman: Tim, why didn't she say she was an accountant or a school teacher? She could have been an airline attendant or a cook in a downtown restaurant for that matter. Why be so vague and mysterious in her job description? When her friend said it was a "cue," what she really meant to say was "clue." Everyone in Washington knows " consultant" is a code word Tim! It's a code word for a C-I-A operative and so she outed herself."