On The Daily Show with Jon Stewart the other night, Hillary Clinton came very close to admitting that she’ll be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.
On the show to promote her latest book, Hard Choices, Clinton was grilled right off the bat by Stewart as to her presidential ambitions.
While he noted that the book is an “incredibly complex and well-reasoned eyewitness view” of Clinton’s four years as secretary of state, Stewart joked that “I think I speak for everyone when I say no one cares, they just want to know if you’re running for president.”
After a boisterous laugh, Clinton refused to give a definitive answer—but she did become a lot less cagey when Stewart offered an impromptu career aptitude test to help her “hone in” on whether she really wants to be president.
“Do you like commuting to work,” he asked, “or would you prefer a home office?”
“I’ve spent so many years commuting,” Clinton replied, “I’d kind of prefer a home office.”
Then, referencing the Oval Office, Stewart asked if Clinton has a favorite shape for her home office. “Would you like it to have corners, or not to have corners?”
“I think the world is so complicated,” she answered, “that the fewer corners that you can have, the better.”
Was Clinton joking? Sure. But it’s very telling that she’s comfortable enough with the idea to joke about it, and confident enough to do it on a widely-watched TV show.
As Shakespeare wrote in King Lear, “Jesters do oft prove prophets.”