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Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Hillary Clinton reaffirms: I won't commit to a second term (video)

By Emi Kolawole

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared on NBC's The Today Show Wednesday morning to discuss Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit-- and her future.

During the interview, host Meredith Vieira asked Clinton whether she would serve a second term as Secretary of State. Clinton told the Post in 2009 (and has said again since then) that she was committed to serving only one term. She reiterated her position along with some kind words for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates who joined the Obama administration after having served in that role for President George W. Bush:

VIEIRA: Do we expect that anytime soon you might announce that you're planning to retire, like Defense Secretary Gates?

CLINTON: (Laughs.) No, I have committed to President Obama that I will stay with him this first term, and I intend to do so.

VIEIRA: How about the second term?

CLINTON: Well, that is not something I'm in any way committing to or even thinking about. And, by the way, if Secretary Gates is watching, I sure hope he'll stay, and stay as long as he possibly can. He's a great colleague and a great leader and has served our country very well. And we've got some turbulent waters to navigate through, and it would be great to have him still at the helm of the Defense Department.

Clinton also weighed in on former vice president Dick Cheney's assertion that President Obama would be a one-term president saying she "could not disagree more."

The exchange regarding Clinton's time in office begins around 4 minutes and 20 seconds in. The exchange regarding Cheney's assessment of Obama begins at around 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

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By Emi Kolawole  | January 19, 2011; 11:08 AM ET
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MerryJaine, since your name sounds feminine, lets see if you can relate to this. Remember April 20, 1999 when 13 kids were killed at the Columbine High School massacre? The President and Mrs Clinton decided to attend a FUND RAISING PARTY while the parents grieved at the April 25th memorial. THAT is Hillary Clinton is all her glory. Go ahead... Re-Elect her and see more of the same. Hillary cares about Hillary and YOU belong to her elite club (hear no evil, see no evil).

Posted by: connollywest | January 21, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

*** Hillary/Obama 2012 ***

I find it hypocritical for Meredith Vieira to be interviewing Hillary Clinton when on The Millionaire during the 2008 primaries Meredith made a demeaning comment about Hillary regarding voodoo dolls! Ask Meredith!

And to "connollywest" - The only person no one wants to ever hear from are "countrymen" like you! Bye! Bye!

***Hillary/Obama 2012***

Posted by: MerryJaine | January 20, 2011 12:25 AM | Report abuse


You have no idea how happy you have made the citizens of the USA by NOT running. We just hope to NEVER hear from you again.

The only thing you have brought to your political career is a bloated ego and the decline of personal values in others. You are a disgrace to your country and your countrymen.

Posted by: connollywest | January 19, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama's only hope is Obama/Clinton 2012....or Clinton/Obama 2012. :D

Posted by: gotoran | January 19, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama's only hope is Obama/Clinton 2012....or Clinton/Obama 2012. :D

Posted by: gotoran | January 19, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama's only hope is Obama/Clinton 2012....or Clinton/Obama 2012. :D

Posted by: gotoran | January 19, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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