Hillary Clinton Wants to Be President ... of the World Bank?

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When people used to relentlessly badger Hillary Clinton about whether she might run for president again after stepping down as Secretary of State at the end of Obama's (first?) term, she'd often tell them that, no, she won't, because she longs to return to a more private, more relaxing life — the kind she hasn't had since Bill Clinton ran for governor of Arkansas over 30 years ago. As she told PBS in January of 2010:


"There are so many things I'm interested in, really going back to private life and spending time reading and writing and maybe teaching. Maybe some personal travel — not the kind of travel where you bring a couple of hundred people with you."

Sounds lovely. But Reuters is reporting that Clinton is thinking of going a much different route: She wants to be the president of the World Bank, an international organization that gives loans to developing countries.


Associates say Clinton has expressed interest in having the World Bank job should the Bank's current president, Robert Zoellick, leave at the end of his term, in the middle of 2012.

"Hillary Clinton wants the job," said one source who knows the secretary well.

A second source also said Clinton wants the position.

A third source said Obama has already expressed support for the change in her role. It is unclear whether Obama has formally agreed to nominate her for the post, which would require approval by the 187 member countries of the World Bank.

Clinton associates have quickly and vigorously refuted the story. But let's say Clinton does still want to be president of the United States someday. A couple of years adding to her résumé with yet another impressive post would do a lot more for her than curling up with a good book on a beach somewhere.

Exclusive: Clinton in talks about possible move to World Bank [Reuters]