Hillary Clinton said she may not run for president because the modern American presidency may just be too tough of a job.
Acknowledging to PBS’s Charlie Rose that America’s president must be both the head of state and government, Clinton said the job of being president “has only gotten harder” and it is now an “all-consuming commitment.”
She said the president has to do “all of the symbolic and ritualistic aspects” of the job in addition to the “hard work of politicking, lobbying, governing, operating.” She said that the “job has gotten more difficult” because all those roles, including dealing with Congress to pass legislation, are “all in one person.”
“You’ve got to get the money from the Congress to really improve what you’re doing, personnel policies, and all the rest,” Clinton said. “So the job is as challenging as it’s always been, but I would say almost to a degree of amplification that’s hard to imagine.”
Clinton said the presidency has gotten “bigger and even more difficult” in the modern media environment and added that she knew “so much about the job and how hard it is.” However, the likely 2016 candidate said she was still “very struck by the historic nature of a campaign that I might, in the future, undertake.”