Once again, Barbara Walters of ABC television has named the most fascinating persons of the year, and this year she has chosen Hillary Clinton, according to an ABC report on Thursday. As Walters retires, this is her last of such lists which began in 1993. Twenty years ago, Clinton was also chosen as the most fascinating person of the year by Walters as well. At that time, Clinton was the First Lady of the United States.
The big question Walters had for Clinton during an interview for the television show was about Clinton’s presidential aspirations for 2016. She says she still hasn’t decided yet, but she said she will look carefully at what she thinks she can do and make that decision sometime in the next year.
The former Secretary of State said that running for president is a difficult decision to make, and it’s one that she’s not going to rush into. Additionally, she doesn’t think we should be looking at the next election, but instead looking at what’s happening now in the country – with, as she said, the unemployment rate being too high, people who are in economic straits getting kicked off food stamps, small business not getting credit, and more.
Clinton also said that she thinks it is important that the United States have a female president, citing that other countries have females in that position – such as President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil and President Michelle Bachelet in Chile. She also said that it was the women in the U.S. Senate – both Democrat and Republican – who reached across party lines to assist with stopping the government shutdown and the debt limit, and she said “we need more of that.”
With a political choice like Hillary Clinton for Barbara Walters’ “Most Influential Person of the Year” again, there are obviously many who are ready to see Walters retire – and, yes, some who wish she would stick around with her liberal-minded choices.