Just barely a year into Secretary Clinton’s term as the 67th Secretary of State, a new guessing game is already on for the 68th Secretary of State. This came after her interview with PBS’s Tavis Smiley where she was asked whether she could “imagine yourself doing all four years and, if asked, doing it for another four years.” In which she replied “No, I really can’t.” The Secretary clarified that she was referring to serving in a second term, saying “the whole eight, I mean, that that would be very challenging. But I, you know, I don’t wanna make any predictions sitting here.” She also said, I’m honored to serve…but it’s a 24/7 job, and I think at some point, I will be very happy to pass it on to someone else.
The job was plainly a consolation prize for the woman who tutored candidate Barack Obama on foreign policy in the ’08 campaign. And, because the president has given her Cabinet rank, Rice spends at most four days a week in New York — the rest of her time goes to maintaining her Washington status.Rice must make sure that her whispers remain as close as possible to the president’s ear — especially if she wants to succeed Hillary Clinton at State one day.[…][S]he told reporters, the fact that she spends three days a week in DC is a good thing for America. “There’s an understanding among my [UN] colleagues that I am speaking authoritatively as one of the president’s senior advisers — and I think that, frankly, very much enhances our ability to get things done,” she said, adding, “And I think the record speaks for itself.”