The Straits Times
Published on Jan 10, 2013

Clinton says retirement not the right word


WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that she was looking forward to stepping off "the very fast track" for a while, but wouldn't necessarily call it retirement.

Appearing at her first public engagement before the cameras after being taken ill more than a month ago, Mrs Clinton said she was "thrilled to be back". "I have to say, I really missed you all. I wouldn't say that under normal circumstances," she said.

She was taking part in a retirement ceremony for US ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney, on only her third day back at work in the State Department since she caught a stomach virus, which then led to a concussion and blood clot.

But when it came to her own plans as she prepares to step down in several weeks and hand over the baton, most likely to Senator John Kerry, Mrs Clinton was a little more coy when asked if she was heading towards retirement.