The Clintons have always had a gift for false modesty, but this strikes me as taking it to the next level. Here's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at a town hall event in India earlier today and disclaiming interest in the presidency in novel fashion:
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she has no desire to make another run for the White House but hopes to see an American woman president in her lifetime.
As for herself, she says she is done with the political high wire and looks forward to life as a private citizen.
"I would like to come back to India and just wander around without the streets being closed," she said. "I just want to get back to taking some deep breaths, feeling that there are other ways I can continue to serve."
Can't you just see it now? The former First Lady of the United States, Junior Senator from the State of New York, U.S. Secretary of State -- the woman who was nearly the first female president -- walking the streets of Mumbai, haggling in the local bazaar, trying a new curry, and just finding herself -- all over again, but really for the first time -- far from the din of the madding crowd?
Because if there's anything we associate with Hillary Clinton, it's an aversion to attention.