Going out in style: How relaxed Hillary is upstaging Obama on last ever presidential tour – or is she gearing up for 2016
Mrs Clinton was in Myanmar today for a historic meeting with the country's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi
The outgoing Secretary of State has refused to be drawn on rumors that she is planning to run for President in 2016, and says she will spend the next year relaxing, exercising and traveling for fun
18:47 GMT, 19 November 2012
Hillary Clinton has said that she will make sleep, exercise and relaxing her priorities over the coming year. But the promise of some down-time seems to have already had a positive effect as she bids farewell to her four-year term as Secretary of State.
Mrs Clinton, 65, looked on fine form in Myanmar today as she joined President Obama in a historic meeting with the country's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Though she looked elegant and polished in a crisp
white blazer, navy pants and a statement silver beaded neckpiece, it
was the broad smile she wore that really made the difference.
Healthy and happy: Hillary Clinton looked on fine form in Myanmar today as she joined President Obama in a historic meeting with the country's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Looking to the future: The promise of some down-time seems to have already had a positive effect as Mrs Clinton bids farewell to her four-year term as Secretary of State
Mrs Clinton, who greeted the iconic
pro-democracy leader with a warm hug, seemed happier and healthier than
she has in some time.
It made for a stark contrast with
some previous public appearances, in which the demands of the role
appear to have taken a more visible toll.
Indeed, who could blame her. In four years, she logged more
than 918,000 miles, traveling to 112 countries – overseas for nearly a
quarter of her time in office.
Longstanding friendship: Mrs Clinton and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi have met on several occasions before, and greeted each other with a warm hug
Show of support: Suu Kyi, pictured speaking with Mrs Clinton ahead of a speech from President Obama, endured two decades under house arrest in her struggle for a free and democratic Burma
And, one might add, thank goodness
Mrs Clinton's priorities lay with the issues at hand, rather than her
shut-eye schedule – though she is the first to admit that a good rest is
In an interview with The New York Times last week, she refused to be drawn on rumors that she is planning to run for President in 2016.
She admitted: 'I
just want to sleep and exercise and travel for fun. And relax. It
sounds so ordinary, but I haven’t done it for 20 years. I would like to
see whether I can get untired.
Exhausted: Previous public appearances, show how the demands of Mrs Clinton's role as Secretary of State appear to have taken a more visible toll (pictured in March 2012, left, and in April 2012, right)
'I work out and stuff, but I don’t do it
enough and I don’t do it hard enough because I can’t expend that much
energy on it.'
Toll: Mrs Clinton, seen in Nov 2008, was fresher- faced before she became Secretary of State
She added that she had not yet decided what will follow the year-long hiatus from public life, joking, 'maybe I'll get a decorating show.'
Mrs Clinton's visit to Myanmar with President Obama marked the first American presidential visit the controversial country.
Aung San Suu Kyi, who endured two decades under house arrest in her struggle for a
free and democratic Burma, greeted the pair warmly outside her home.
The meeting is diplomatically important as it sends a
clear signal that America supports her cause.
Now a member of parliament, Suu Kyi lives in a gated residence with razor wire along the top of the compound walls.
She was detained in the house, about six miles north of downtown
Yangon, from 1989 until her most recent release in November 2010.
Historic: Mrs Clinton's visit to Myanmar with President Obama marked the first American presidential visit the controversial country