Obama was worried at the time about losing both Clinton and Leon Panetta, his outgoing Defense secretary, according to an excerpt released Thursday of HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton by The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Politico’s Jonathan Allen.
Would you reconsider, perhaps stay another year? Obama asked Clinton aboard Air Force One during a trip to Southeast Asia on Nov. 19, 2012.
No, said Clinton, who had decided to leave public office and is now widely expected to run to succeed Obama in 2016.
Obama pressed Clinton one more time during the flight, asking if she might stay just a little longer, if not a year.
Clinton again said that didn’t suit her, and Obama gave up, according to the book, which will be released in February by Crown Publishing.