Hillary Rodham Clinton, the woman seemingly born to become the first female president of the United States, on Monday again ruled out a race for the top office in 2016 and insisted she is ready to return to private life.
In an interview with NBC’s “Today” show, Clinton squelched the latest boomlet for her presidential ambitions, emphatically answering “No, no,” when interviewer Savannah Guthrie asked her whether she would ever run again for president.
As President Obama’s approval rating has been falling in the polls, rumors of Clinton’s return to presidential politics have resurfaced, taking on the status of political urban legend, one of those things that everyone seems to think is true despite all evidence to the contrary.
There was even a version that said she and Vice President Joe Biden were going to change jobs in the next Obama administration, giving her a chance for another national campaign. Why anyone would want to run a national campaign for vice president after having lost a grueling race for the top spot made little political and emotional sense.
As she has in the past, Clinton shut the door and drove heavy nails into the jamb on Monday.
“I’m very privileged to have had the opportunity to serve my country,” Clinton said. “I’m really old-fashioned. I feel I have made my contribution. I have done the best I can. But now I want to try some other things. I want to get back to writing and maybe some teaching, working on women and girls around the world.”
People will have to “watch and wait” to see what she will do next, Clinton said. “I have made my contribution. I’m very grateful I have had the chance to serve, but I think it’s time for others to step up.”
Can you blame her?