Hillary Clinton’s popularity hit a 20-year high a few weeks ago, and she’s had a whirlwind year of cultural coolness, but that doesn’t mean she’s thinking about running for president again. She told an audience this weekend that while she wants to see a female president in her lifetime, it won’t be her. Come on, Hillary, pleeeeeeease?
Clinton told an audience at a town hall event in Kolkata, India, that she would love to see “that final glass ceiling” broken, and said she believes it will happen. But she also said she won’t run for president again. “I would like to come back to India and just wander around, without the streets being closed,” she said. “I just want to get back to taking some deep breaths, feeling that there are other ways I can continue to serve.”
She may not be baking cookies, but Clinton has definitely been showing a softer side lately. In fact, 2012 may go down as the year that Clinton became cool. She was photographed drinking beer and dancing in Colombia. She was the subject of a wildly popular Tumblr, Texts From Hillary, which employed a bad-ass photo of her wearing sunglasses and typing away on her smart-phone. Then she met with the site’s creators, upping her cred even more. Soon after, she sent a funny note to actor Jason Segel, declining his offer to work with him, but leaving the door open for a future collaboration: “My only condition is that there be Muppets involved, and that is non-negotiable.”
Fun stuff aside, she has plenty of fans who would love to see her run for president. “I would love to see Secretary Clinton become the nominee for president in 2016,” Nancy Pelosi said a few weeks ago. As Buzzfeed reported, other top Democrats who have recently promoted the idea of Hillary 2016 include Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former NYC mayor Ed Koch, and strategist James Carville. Oh, and one more prominent Democrat who said he’d be “happy” if Hillary decides to run: Her husband.
I can’t blame Hillary for wanting to take a break after years of constant travel, fund-raising, interviews, and pressure from the press. She’s had a heck of a career. But you can’t blame her fans who wish it could last just a little bit longer.