Clinton says Obama believes 8 years is enough

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Posted: May 17, 2011 4:42 PM
Clinton says Obama believes 8 years is enough

Eight years as president is enough, thank you. At least that's what Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says President Barack Obama told her the other day.

Clinton said Tuesday that she and Obama often marvel over foreign despots who want to stay in power for decades.

"Too many people who rhetorically pledge themselves to democracy believe in one election, one time," she told a State Department audience. "And too many leaders don't have any willingness to transfer power."

She said neither she nor Obama can understand leaders who cling to office for 10, 20, 30 or 40 years.

"He and I look at each other and say, 'Oh, my gosh. Can you imagine?" she said.

Both Obama and Clinton keep an intense, punishing pace of meetings, travel and 15- or 18-hour work days, with little time off.

Clinton says Obama told her recently, "I'm going to win re-election, and then I'm done," a remark that drew laughter from the audience.

U.S. presidents are constitutionally barred from a third term.