President Barack Obama asked Hillary Clinton to work another year as Secretary of State, according to a new report from Politico and The Hill based on the upcoming book “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.”
“Would you reconsider, perhaps stay another year?" Obama asked, according to an excerpt from the book written by The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Politico’s Jonathan Allen.
Clinton formally resigned as Secretary of State in Feb. 2013 and was replaced by former Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). She had said in Jan. 2012 she was ready to step off the "high wire of American politics," though many believe she is a strong contender for the 2016 presidential race.
The AP reported earlier on Clinton's time at the State Department:
In the State Department's main lobby, Clinton pushed through a throng of American foreign service workers who clamored for handshakes and smartphone photos with her and gave an emotional goodbye speech.
She told them to continue to "serve the nation we all love, to understand the challenges, the threats and the opportunities that the United States faces and to work with all our heart and all of our might to make sure that America is secure, that our interests are promoted and our values are respected."
Clinton, however, also left office with a slap at critics of the Obama administration's handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. She told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that critics of the administration's handling of the attack don't live in an "evidence-based world," and their refusal to "accept the facts" is unfortunate and regrettable for the political system.
This post has been updated to include the names of the authors of the book.