Comedian Jon Stewart tells Hillary Clinton 'you've declared already'

Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:41am EDT
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By Eric M. Johnson

(Reuters) - Hillary Clinton has faced relentless speculation over her White House aspirations, but it took "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart a matter of minutes on Tuesday night to conclude using a satirical "career-aptitude test" she was campaign-ready.

Stewart's comedic grilling as the former secretary of state appeared on Comedy Central's late-night program to promote her new book, "Hard Choices", came after she had dodged many direct questions on 2016.

Stewart, picking up a clipboard as a prop, quizzed Clinton on her work habits, such as her preferred shape in a home office, to assess "if you even want this job."

"Would you like that office to have corners, or would you like it not to have corners?," Stewart said, referring indirectly to the iconic Oval Office of U.S. presidents.

"You know, I think that the world is so complicated, the fewer corners (the better)," Clinton said.

"Do you enjoy constant, nonstop criticism?" Stewart continued.

"Enjoy is probably the wrong word. Expect. Survive. It just sort of comes with the territory, yes," she said.

"So it sounds like, if I may, you've declared already," Stewart said, drawing a roar of laughter and applause from the friendly studio audience.   Continued...

Jon Stewart, host and executive producer of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", speaks during the closing session of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting at George Washington University in Washington, DC, March 31, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Kleponis