Hillary Clinton. Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images.
By David Jackson, USA TODAY
The incessant chatter about a 2016 presidential run by Hillary Rodham Clinton has gotten to the point where she seems to be making jokes about it.
The Secretary of State and the spouse of ex-president Bill Clinton appeared to reference the rumors during a speech Friday in which she praised top aide Jake Sullivan.
"When Jake Sullivan first came to work for me, I told my husband about this incredibly bright rising star, Rhodes Scholar, Yale Law School, and my husband said, 'Well, if he ever learns to play the saxophone, watch out,'" Clinton said.
She said, "Now we travel all over the world together and people say how excited they are to meet a potential future president of the United States, and of course they mean Jake."
Clinton, who lost the 2008 Democratic nomination to President Obama before he appointed her Secretary of State, plans to retire from the State Department soon.
What she does in 2016 is anybody's guess, and will remain so until she makes a formal announcement one way or another.