Hillary Clinton: ‘I Like My Life’

 Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States, during the presentation of the German translation of her book 'Hard Choices' ('Entscheidungen' in German) at the Staatsoper in the Schiller Theater on July 6, 2014 in Berlin.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States, during the presentation of the German translation of her book ‘Hard Choices’ (‘Entscheidungen’ in German) at the Staatsoper in the Schiller Theater on July 6, 2014 in Berlin.

“’It would be wholly personal,” Hillary Clinton says of the possibility of not running for president. “I like my life right now.”

First things first, says the grandmother-to-be, who says she wants to try that on for size before deciding about a campaign for president in 2016. “I’m very keen on, you know, seeing how this feels personally,” the former first lady told interviewer Charlie Rose. “ have seen it up close now for more than 20 years…. The campaigning, as hard as it is, is the easy part.”

Hard is the operative word lately.

“Hard choices are not necessarily the same for everybody,” said the author of the memoir by that title, a couple of words that find their way into most of her comments in interviews since the book’s publication.

“The job is an all-consuming commitment, for obvious reasons,” she said of the presidency. “We don’t have a monarch and a president and a prime minister… The job is as challenging as it’s always been, but I would say almost to a degree of implication that’s hard to imagine.”

Not too big for her, of course.

“I just have to decide whether or not that’s what I want to do at this point in my life,” Clinton said, “and only I can make that decision.”

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