It would not have been more clear.
When asked by Wolf Blitzer if she would serve a second term under President Obama, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton gave an very clear response– “No.”
When asked if she would serve as Secretary of Defense, again Clinton said “No.” And when asked if she would serve as Vice-President- again “No.” And finally when asked if she would consider running for the White House on her own, she left no doubt in anyone’s minds.
There has always been speculation about the role that Clinton would play in the Obama Administration as the President look towards mounting a re-election campaign. While many rumors pointed to a possible shift in position for Mrs. Clinton, she has always denied talk of any possible swap between her Vice-President Joe Biden and the is-he-or-isn’t-he-again soon-to-be-retired Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
As for her reasons? Well, Hillary was not as firm about that. Giving a vague reply to the why question, she said:
“You know, I had a wonderful experience running and I am very proud of the support I had and very grateful for the opportunity, but I’m going to be, you know, moving on.”
Clinton was beaten by Obama for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency, in a match many said put the old-school mechanisms against the new kid on the block. With popular support and momentum behind him, Obama got the nod from the Democrats. It was barely weeks after his victory in November that Clinton’s name was thrown around as a cabinet pick. She accepted the request to serve as Secretary of State and has for the past two years become possibly the busiest female diplomat on the planet. Her schedule is exhausting simply to look at, with many claiming she was the quiet worker bee in an Administration full of big personalities.
Clinton says she would like to focus more on her work for women and international development, a theme that has been a key focus for her since her time at the State Department.
While she has been as blunt as possible, Secretary Clinton’s departure raises a whole slew of questions for the Obama Administration, which is currently grappling with unfolding diplomatic crises in North Africa, the Middle East and most recently the tragedy in Japan.
Clutchettes, what do you think of Hillary Clinton’s departure from Obama’s cabinet? Who could you see stepping into her place?