Is Hillary ready to run?

Is Hillary Clinton, former First Lady and more recently the Secretary of State in Barack Obama’s first term at the White House, kicking off her bid to become US President in 2016?

By Sudha Menon (PERSON OF THE WEEK)

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Published: Sat 24 Aug 2013, 9:15 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:19 AM

Hillary Rodham Clinton is keeping mum, but not her supporters. As her fans wait for Hillary Clinton to make up her mind on whether she will run for president in 2016, the organisation known as ‘Ready for Hillary’ is helping expand her fan base in the hope she does decide to enter the race.

Hillary is not telling just yet but if indications from other parts of the world where a number of women now hold the top slot in their countries, are anything to go by, it is time Americans opened their minds and hearts to a women as the country’s first citizen.

While the lady has been studiously avoiding the subject for a while now, the topic certainly seems to be on her mind. Speaking to a packed audience at an invitees only event in Canada recently, she said : “Let me say this, hypothetically speaking, I really do hope that we have a woman president in my lifetime. And whether it’s next time or the next time after that, it really depends on women stepping up and subjecting themselves to the political process, which is very difficult.” Clinton who created the image of a tough-talking, tough nut to crack secretary of state is under no illusion that it will be easy for a woman to make the long journey towards the front door of the White House. Her first

Attempt, taking on Barack Obama in the Democratic Party’s Primary, was in itself a journey of learning and a possibly a great sneak preview into what a possible bid for President will look like in 2016.

Quoting former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt who once famously said that women in politics needed skin as “thick as a rhinoceros,” Hillary said, : “I think there is still truth to that, so you have to step up, you have to dare to compete, you have to get into the process and then the country, our country, has to take that leap of faith. ,”

“I hope that we will see a woman elected because I think it would send exactly the right historic signal to girls, women as well as boys and men. And I will certainly vote for the right woman to be president.”

Clinton , meanwhile, is maximising the time she has at her disposal before 2016. Over the last few months a new Clinton is emerging who is less formidable in countenance and way more chilled out and aligned to the stuff that engages with younger people.

She now has a twitter handle through which she keeps up a steady stream of thoughts and comments. “Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD...” is how she describes herself in her account.

The lady is also making sure she has a war chest before she makes her bid for the White House — she has now signed up with the Harry Walker Agency that will get her plump speaking assignments. Her fees? A whopping $200,000 a turn. Along with husband Bill Clinton who is also a much sought after on the speaking circuit, the Clintons will not want for money any time soon.

We certainly hope that she makes it to the top slot at the White House and if Sarah Palin decides she wants to be President in 2016 too, we can look forward to a very eventful campaign…

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