Hillary Clinton went back to work this week after a fall that led to a concussion and blood clot near her brain kept her off the job for several weeks. Her time as Secretary of State is nearing an end, as Clinton has made plans to turn over the reigns to someone new when President Barack Obama's second term in the White House officially begins later this month. Although she is leaving the State Department, Clinton says that she has no plans to retire, which has fueled speculation that she intends to run for President in 2016.
When she was asked by a reporter on how she planned to spend her retirement, Clinton retorted:
"I don't know if that is a word I would use, but certainly stepping off the very fast track for a little while."
These comments came during her first appearance with the press since returning to work earlier this week. Clinton said that her return to the State Dept. was "somewhat bittersweet" because it will soon be followed by her departure, but noted that she hoped to arrange "a very smooth, seamless transition" to her likely successor, John Kerry.
The former first lady added:
We are focused on continuing our work, finishing up everything that we can and helping Senator Kerry with his transition."
Clinton made a bid for the presidency in 2008 and was a favorite of the Democratic establishment, but the nomination ended up going to Obama. Clinton is once again seen as a front-runner for the next presidential election, but will damp down suggestions that she feels entitled.
Clinton has certainly given her credentials a boost with her four year stint as Secretary of State, however there are some concerns about her age. In 2016, she will be 69, and her recent bout of illness has drawn concerns about her health as well.
Clinton has said that she is not planning another run for the White House, but key allies have made it clear that they want her to run and expect her to, or at least expect her to consider it very seriously.