“Nobody interacts with Hillary Clinton like she’s fading off into the sunset.” – Philippe Reines, Clinton’s State Department spokesman
DO YOU care what’s being said about Secretary Clinton and 2016? I wonder how many people want to read analysis and the obligatory compulsory coverage about the never ending speculation of what can’t possibly known today. By the looks of the media coverage as Secretary Clinton prepares to leave her spot at State, it’s obvious that it’s the one subject that has political writers across the spectrum, myself included, fixated, as Jody Kantor’s recent piece and today’s swarm after last night’s interview prove.
Barbara Walters mined the minutia on Wednesday night.
“I’ve said I really don’t believe that that’s something I will do again,” she said. “I am so grateful I had the experience of doing it before.”
When pressed, however, the secretary does admit that if she did choose to run she would not be concerned about her age. Recently having turned 65, Clinton would be 77 years old if she were to be in office for two terms.
“I am, thankfully, knock on wood, not only healthy, but have incredible stamina and energy,” she said. “I just want to see what else is out there. I’ve been doing, you know, this, this incredibly important and, and satisfying work here in Washington, as I say, for twenty years, I want to get out and spend some time looking at what else I can do to contribute.”
Before I dig deeper into her latest statement, Clinton also finally addressed the ongoing gossip about her hair. A topic of fascination that percolated underneath the radar since she began globetrotting for President Obama.
It’s longer than it has been previously, and that, says Clinton, is by design. “I do not travel with any hairdresser, or anybody, to help me do that, and I’m not very competent myself. I’ve been admitting that for years, which should be obvious to everyone,” Clinton joked. “And so it became simpler to just grow it so that I can pull it back, and I can stick rollers in,” said Clinton calling the conversation “girl talk” between her and Walters.
Rather than being annoyed by all the talk about her hair and appearance Clinton said she finds it amusing.
“It’s fascinating to me how people are so curious about it. Because after a while, it just got to be really burdensome to try to find a hairdresser in some city, somewhere, oftentimes not being able to speak English, that at least I could communicate with,” she told Walters. “So, I said enough, we’re just going to try to go with as simple as possible.”
As you’ll note in the video below of Clinton with Walters, she did have her hair done for the occasion and she looks spectacular.
No one has covered or written more intensively about Hillary Rodham Clinton than I have over the last 5 years. So, for those of you looking for a small opening, a crack, a sliver of hope on 2016, the Walters’ interview provides the first glimpse into what many think, are hoping and praying, is inevitable.
“I’ve said I really don’t believe that that’s something I will do again.” – Secretary Hillary Clinton on a possible presidential run in 2016
“Really don’t believe” is nothing close to what she’s said previously. From “Well not me, but it will be someone,” to “Oh, yes, yes,” she’s ruled out a run in 2016, it all may not be worth parsing, but since everyone thinks it’s important to do and the public is hungry for it, and because I wrote the book on Clinton’s first run for the presidency, let me give you some expert insight.
Mrs. Clinton has obviously asked the age question of herself and has answered it in public now. She’s also gone from negative declarations and the Wolf Blitzer “no” pronouncement that I cover in my book along with all the rest, to “I really don’t believe,” which the national media pounced on like a cat on a mouse.
The thought and the closing days of being relieved of her State Department responsibilities has already hinted at a lightened mental load on the subject.
Right now she doesn’t have a clue what she’ll do and is looking most forward to having her own life back. As Philippe Reines also warned recently, “Be very wary of those pretending to bear actual knowledge.” That’s because right now not even Hillary Rodham Clinton can say for sure herself.
So, guess what. If you’re like me and want Hillary Rodham Clinton to run in 2016, but unlike me aren’t aware that waiting is part of this process as Clinton recoups her vital energy, it’s going to be a tough time. But take heart! If I was a betting person, assuming Hillary stays healthy and so does Bill, with Chelsea happy too, two years from now we’ll be on the cusp of what I believe will be the launch of the campaign of campaigns to elect America’s first female president.
I’ve written before that I don’t believe American women can afford to take Hillary Rodham Clinton’s previous “no” for an answer.
Besides, Mrs. Clinton is a public servant for life and she simply will not be able to ignore cries of Democratic and independent women, as well as feminist men, to step up and take hold of her opportunity; what many are convinced is her destiny. It will be irresistible for her, but more importantly, it will be her patriotic duty to do it and once she clears her head, gets some sleep and has some fun, I bet she’ll know that, too.
“Running for the presidency is like sex. You don’t do it once and forget about it.” – James Carville [The Hillary Effect p. 274]