'I really do hope that we have a woman president in my lifetime,' Hillary Rodham Clinton said this week. Was that a hint about her own possible candidacy?
She didn’t say she’s going to run for the White House in 2016. But, to many listeners, the latest words of Hillary Rodham Clinton certainly hint that it’s a strong possibility.
“Let me say this, hypothetically speaking,” she said, “I really do hope that we have a woman president in my lifetime.”
Members of the audience, at a women’s lecture series in Toronto, cheered.
To get beyond the “hypothetical," a quick follow-up question: Isn’t it possible that, when voters get the opportunity to see a woman on the presidential ballot as a major contender, the initials of that nominee might be H.R.C.?
Answer: Yes, it looks very possible.
Mrs. Clinton currently gets a “favorable” rating from 6 in 10 Americans, is widely known, and has been making moves you might expect of someone positioning herself for a presidential run.
After being Secretary of State, she’s bowed out of public service for President Obama’s second term. She’s showing her interest in domestic affairs by engaging in an initiative for early childhood education. Having been a strong contender for the Democratic nomination back in 2008, she knows a lot about campaigning.
Some other major democracies have had female chief executives, including people like Margaret Thatcher in Britain and, currently, Angela Merkel in Germany. For more than two centuries, America hasn’t broken that gender barrier.