Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) talked about how grueling and stressful it is to run for president the other night at the National Archives.
She outlines what it takes to run for president. She may have been talking about herself.
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These are the words chiseled into the facade of the National Archives: "The past is prologue.''
So no better place for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to talk about what it really takes to run for president. Clinton is looking at a 2008 White House run, presuming she is re-elected this November. She knows firsthand about what she called the "overwhelmingly stressful'' proposition of running for president.
Clinton was interviewed Tuesday night by the archivist of the United States, Allen Weinstein, in one of a series of what the National Archives calls an "American Conversation.'' Clinton, wearing a shocking pink "labcoat'' over a blue pants suit, was relaxed. She talked a little about growing up in Park Ridge, her father, a "staunch Republican,'' and her mother, the "silent Democrat.''
She recalled hearing about voting in Chicago while in seventh grade. "In the old days, people wanted to die in Chicago so they could come back and vote.''
Clinton has told people I've talked to that she will run for president only if she thought she had a chance to win.
She knows well what it takes to mount a White House bid. As the spouse of Bill Clinton, she's seen two presidential campaigns close-up, in 1992 and 1996.
There is a crowd on both sides of the aisle considering a presidential candidacy. Here's advice from Clinton, who one day may apply it to herself:
"You have to really enjoy it or don't try it. I think it is grueling, it is overwhelming stressful, you have to like people, you have to care about the issues you are talking about.
"You have to want to listen to people. It is the greatest experience politically you can have, but you have to go into it with your eyes wide open, because it is unlike any, anything else in politics or probably life that you will ever experience.''