WASHINGTON — When Hillary Rodham Clinton sat down Tuesday night for a “Daily Show” grilling, Jon Stewart was ready with a list of questions. He called it a career-aptitude test. “This can help you decide if you even want this job”:
Do you want to work outside the home, or do you prefer a home office? “I kind of prefer a home office.”
Do you have a favorite shape of that home office? Do you want it to have corners? Or do you not want it to have corners? “The world is such a complicated place, the fewer corners the better.”
Do you enjoy constant, nonstop criticism? “Enjoy is not the word - expect, survive, live through.”
“So it sounds like, if I may,” Stewart said, “that you’ve declared already.” Cue the audience cheers.
But, of course, she has not declared, and she did not declare on Stewart’s Comedy Central show, although Clinton did nothing to stem the speculation that she is preparing to run, if not running already, for president in 2016.
“I was going to make an announcement,” she jokingly told Stewart. “But you spoiled it. I'll have to reconsider.”
It was not a long interview - taking up about half of the 30-minute broadcast - and Stewart and Clinton did touch on some more serious topics. Notably, she said it had been “inartful” for her to use the term “dead broke” in describing her family’s finances after she and former President Bill Clinton left the White House. From there, she went on to say she worried that today’s young people would not have the opportunities she and Bill Clinton enjoyed.
“How easily,” Steward quipped, “you pivoted from that to income inequality in America.”
They also briefly discussed Clinton’s new book, with Stewart making sly reference to its 600-pages-plus length.
“It’s called ‘Hard Choices,’??” she said.
“Not for you editor,” Stewart said. “Look at that baby!”
Clinton said that the book had originally been longer but that she had to “take the whip out, take the scalpel out and cut it down.”
To which Stewart replied: “No one cares. They just want to know if you’re running for president.”