Comedian Jon Stewart tells Hillary Clinton 'you've declared already'

Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:41am EDT

Jon Stewart, host and executive producer of ''The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'', speaks during the closing session of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting at George Washington University in Washington, DC, March 31, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Kleponis

Jon Stewart, host and executive producer of ''The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'', speaks during the closing session of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting at George Washington University in Washington, DC, March 31, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Chris Kleponis

(Reuters) - Hillary Clinton has faced relentless speculation over her White House aspirations, but it took "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart a matter of minutes on Tuesday night to conclude using a satirical "career-aptitude test" she was campaign-ready.

Stewart's comedic grilling as the former secretary of state appeared on Comedy Central's late-night program to promote her new book, "Hard Choices", came after she had dodged many direct questions on 2016.

Stewart, picking up a clipboard as a prop, quizzed Clinton on her work habits, such as her preferred shape in a home office, to assess "if you even want this job."

"Would you like that office to have corners, or would you like it not to have corners?," Stewart said, referring indirectly to the iconic Oval Office of U.S. presidents.

"You know, I think that the world is so complicated, the fewer corners (the better)," Clinton said.

"Do you enjoy constant, nonstop criticism?" Stewart continued.

"Enjoy is probably the wrong word. Expect. Survive. It just sort of comes with the territory, yes," she said.

"So it sounds like, if I may, you've declared already," Stewart said, drawing a roar of laughter and applause from the friendly studio audience.

Despite Stewart's gimmicks and wit, Clinton did not declare herself a Democratic contender for president in 2016, but the pair did touch on more serious topics, such as rising income inequality in the United States.

Clinton has drawn fire after telling media last month that her and husband Bill had been "dead broke" after leaving the White House in 2001.

"Well, you know, that was an in-artful use of words, obviously," Clinton told Stewart later in the segment, before quickly saying she was worried about the hurdles young Americans face in getting ahead.

"You know what was kind of awesome that says to me that you're running for president? How easily you pivoted from that into income inequality in America," Stewart said, to audience laughter.

"That says to me you're running for president."

(Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

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Comments (2)
rblivingston wrote:
How deliciously elucidating– for kindergartners.

Jul 16, 2014 8:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MushtaqDean wrote:
Mushtaq Dean

At many occasions, Hillary Clinton has shown her ambition
for the White House. Reported in Wn.com on 09.04.2014 “Hillary Clinton thinking about 2016 US Presidential run,” she said “I am obviously flattered and deeply honored to have people ask me and
people encourage me.”And I am thinking…more »

Further, her own gender loves her passionately; middle class follows her to see a better change in their economic conditions, politically conscious people applaud her on taking notice of the current direction the country is going and her determination to bring about
a change.

The press report reproduced below substantially proves that people really want her as their next president.

(March 21, 2014)
Gallup publishes its results under Clinton’s Top Selling Points in 2016 first female President: “People are overexcited that they would see the first female president in the national history. Others are happy with her being experienced, capable, qualified, and intelligent”

Jul 17, 2014 8:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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