Hillary Clinton: I Can't Stay 8 Years

Says she can't see herself in job for a second term
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2010 11:52 AM CST
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to a question Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at the State Department.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – If President Obama wins a second term, he's going to need a new secretary of state. In an interview with Tavis Smiley of PBS that aired last night, Clinton said she "really can't" see herself staying eight years. "The whole eight—that would be very challenging. It's a 24-7 job and I think at some point, I will be very happy to pass it on to someone else."

She reiterated that she won't run for president again, notes AFP. "There are so many things I'm interested in, really going back to private life and spending time reading and writing and maybe teaching." Meanwhile, Matt Drudge was leading his website by noting that she missed Obama's speech last night. (Headline: "What is she up to?") But the linked story notes that she's in London for the Yemen and Afghan conferences and cleared her conflict with the White House in advance.

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