Clinton: Ready to Get Off the 'Merry-Go- Round' She hints again about retiring after Obama's first term By Mark Russell, Newser Staff Posted Jul 15, 2011 9:08 AM CDT 67 comments Comments Hillary Clinton is hinting again at a return to private life. (Getty Images) (Newser) – After decades of living in the public eye, Hillary Clinton tells the BBC she is ready to get off the "merry-go-round" at the end of President Obama's first term and enjoy her private life, reports Politico (which has a link to the full transcript.) “I think that I am a pretty normal, average person, despite all of the hype,” Clinton said. “And I am very interested in spending time with my friends and my family." While Clinton has said before that she is ready to take a break or retire, these comments came unprompted from Clinton herself, not in response to a specific question about stepping down, notes Jennifer Epstein. “I do wake up and say I’m tired so I better get up and get going,” said Clinton, calling her job a "nonstop marathon." "It is for me a moveable adventure." You can hear the full audio at the BBC.