Capitol Hill Bureau Chief
In the middle of a diplomatic mission through Europe, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made headlines at home this morning when she closed the door on another bid for the presidency.
In an interview on the "Today" show, Ann Curry asked if Clinton ever wishes she, rather than Barack Obama, was setting U.S. policy as the commander-in-chief. "I have to tell you," Clinton said, "it never crosses my mind."
Curry followed up, "Will you ever run for president again?"
"No," Clinton said.
"No, no" Clinton insisted, laughing. "This is a great job. It is a 24-7 job. And I'm looking forward to retirement at some point."
Curry and Clinton spent the rest of the interview discussing President Obama's decision-making process for Afghanistan, his award for the Nobel Prize, and whether Clinton, as the highest serving woman in the administration, is being marginalized by her 2008 adversary.
"I find it absurd," she said. "I find it beyond any realistic assessment of what I'm doing every day. I think there is such -- you know, maybe there is some misunderstanding which needs to be clarified. . . . Now, maybe that is a woman thing. Maybe I'm totally secure and feel absolutely no need to go running around in order for people to see what I'm doing. It's just the way I am."