How Hillary got the nod
It was five or six days after the November election that Barack Obama won after defeating her for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Instead of turning the phone off while strolling through nature, Clinton’s husband, the former president, answered it.
(Probably a good thing in hindsight. What would have happened if he hadn’t brought the phone? What if he had decided not to answer it? Who would have been Secretary of State then?)
OK, OK, it probably would not have made a difference (but who knows?)
It was the newly elected Obama calling to discuss some potential candidates for his administration. And then he popped the question, and asked Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State.
Clinton says in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she initially demurred saying others were qualified for that position, and then answered yes.
“I finally began thinking, look, if I had won and I called him, I would have wanted him to say yes. And, you know, I’m pretty old-fashioned, and it’s just who I am. So at the end of the day, when your president asks you to serve, you say yes, if you can.”
And if tables were turned, and she were president, would she have called Obama? “Absolutely. Absolutely. Oh, of course.”
But she is not running for president again. “I have absolutely no interest in running for president again. None. None. I mean, I know that’s hard for some people to believe, but … I just don’t.”
Here’s the ABC News interview
Photo credit: Reuters/pool (Clinton during meeting with Russian president)