Eight Is Enough

by Michael Walsh

This just in:

Eight years as president is enough, thank you. At least that’s what Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says President Barack Obama told her the other day.

Clinton said Tuesday that she and Obama often marvel over foreign despots who want to stay in power for decades.

She told a State Department forum that neither she nor Obama can understand leaders who refuse to transfer power and cling to office for 10, 20, 30 or 40 years.

She says she and the president joke: “Oh, my gosh. Can you imagine?”

Clinton says Obama told her, “I’m going to win re-election, and then I’m done,” a remark that drew laughter from the audience.

Let’s see . . . Hillary and Bill’s “buy one get one free” tour of duty in Washington began in 1993, and here she is in 2011, secretary of state, after getting her ticket punched as a quasi-independent entity in the Senate for eight years. By my reckoning, that’s 18 years in the corridors of power already. 

But I’m relieved to know that President Obama thinks eight is enough.

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