Hillary Clinton On Whether Obama ‘Deserves’ His Nobel Win: ‘I Can’t Read The Nobel Committee’s Minds’


No matter what, Hillary Clinton always seems to be answering questions regarding the powerful men around her. Not to get to MoDo on the subject, but it must get tiring. Then again, she’s not the Secretary of State for nothing. Despite plenty of humorous (and not so humorous!) speculation about both of the Clinton’s response to President Obama’s surprise Nobel Peace Prize win last Friday, Sec. of State Clinton was nothing if not diplomatic in her response to Ann Curry regarding whether she thinks Obama “deserved” to win and join the ranks of “Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, and Nelson Mandela.” (Not to put too fine a point on it!)

“The fact that the Nobel committee, and I can’t read their minds, none of us can, but the fact they recognized that his attitude toward America’s role in the world and his willingness to challenge everyone to step up and take responsibility really restores an image and an appreciation of our country.”

Not exactly the “bonk, bonk bonk” some of us were imagining but who knows what goes on behind closed doors! Clinton however did appear to want to bonk a few heads together when Curry asked her about the rumors that Clinton is continually being marginalized. Oh yes, and she says she’s done with her presidential ambitions, though that mind-reading remark does leave a little doubtful (political) wiggle room.

‘Why are you not more out-front on these very important issues of our time? … What do you say to the people who are concerned that you have been marginalized?’

CLINTON: ‘Ann, I find it absurd. … I believe in delegating power. You know, I’m not one of these people who feels like I have to have my face in the front of the newspaper or on the TV every moment of the day. … My goal is to be a very positive force to implement the kind of changes that the president and I believe are in the best interests of our country. But that doesn’t mean that it all has to be me-me-me all the time. I like lifting people up. … I am part of the team that makes the decisions.’

CURRY: ‘Will you ever run for president again? Yes or no.’

CLINTON, laughing merrily: ‘No.’

CURRY: ‘No?’

CLINTON; ‘No. No. I mean, this is a great job. It is a 24-7 job. And I’m looking forward to retirement at some point.’

You get a stronger sense of Clinton’s (understandable) frustration on this point from watching the video.

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