Hillary wants a break, but maybe just a little one
Hillary Clinton is committed to remaining U.S. secretary of state through Barack Obama’s first term. What will she want then? The answer seems to be “spare time”. But maybe just a little.
Hillary’s future has long been the subject of swirling speculation. Would she run for president against Obama in 2012? Join his ticket as the vice presidential nominee? Replace Bob Gates at the Pentagon?
The only sure bet is that she’s content to remain in the Obama administration through 2012.
“I have committed to President Obama that I will stay with him this first term and I intend to do so,” Hillary tells NBC’s Today show.
Asked specifically about a second term at State: “That is not something that I’m in any way committing to or even thinking about.”
In fact, what interests her most seems to be of a personal nature.
“I am looking forward to returning to private life, something that I haven’t had the experience of for a long time now,” Hillary says.
Perhaps she’s got her newly married daughter Chelsea in mind. ABC’s Good Morning America asked how’s she’s doing on The Grandmother Front. She prefaced her reply with peals of laughter: “I will only get in trouble, however I respond to that. But let me just say I love babies, and so maybe I’ll have more in my life some day.”
But can one of the most experienced political figures in the United States stay out of the limelight for long, particularly in an era when the country’s future seems to be at stake every five minutes?
“I do look forward to having a little more spare time and a few more hours just to take a deep breath, which seems kind of hard to have in this job,” Hillary tells NBC.
A little more spare time. A few more hours to catch her breath.
Reuters Photo Credits: Hugo Correira (Clinton); Jessica Rinaldi (Presidential Candidates Obama and Clinton; and Chelsea Clinton Wedding Sign)
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