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"Like, for example, as we've seen recently with President Obama, when you take on health care, you are going to be heavily criticized. I took it on as first lady," she says, recalling the 1993 Clinton health-care plan, which died in Congress. "It was a very difficult experience, but it was the right thing to do. It laid the groundwork for what I hope will be a lasting, major accomplishment of this administration. But it had so much less to do with me than the fact that I was willing to take on a hard issue."While her husband's health has been a public concern, Clinton's energy is notable. She works with a personal trainer in Washington up to three times a week, and when she's home in New York, she does yoga. She also relaxes by watching "Grey's Anatomy" and keeping things organized.
"Probably an unbearable one, the kind who is saying, 'Oh, my gosh, I'll take the child, I'll do whatever you need to get done.' "Though Clinton may have a "for country gene," she says Chelsea -- who campaigned with her in 2008 -- has expressed no interest in politics. Any female candidate will face special obstacles, Clinton tells Harper's Bazaar.
"Being a serious candidate for president as a woman brought out all the stuff that still exists about that ... Some of it was personal, some of it was gender based, and you kind of accept it. I think that if you live long enough, you realize that so much of what happens in life is out of your control, but how you respond to it is in your control. That's what I try to remember."Amid speculation about whether she will continue for a second term as secretary of state or possibly move to the Department of Defense, Clinton says that after her government work ends, "I'd probably teach international relations, current events, something involving women's roles and rights around the world. I have no idea what I'm going to do, but I have a lot of interests that I hope to fulfill. And then an occasional beach, an occasional time-out."
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