Presumptive 2016 presidential candidate Hilary Clinton stopped by The Daily Show set for the first time in over a decade on Tuesday to talk about her new book, Hard Choices. Jon Stewart called it an impressive achievement of documenting four years as Secretary of State.
Then, he said, "I think I speak for everyone when I say that no one cares, they just want to know if you're running for president."
Clinton laughed as the audience roared – a tenor that was a far cry from her 2008 satellite appearance, when she was stumping for votes in Texas.
Stewart continued to make the audience go wild by giving Clinton an aptitude test, with just a few simple questions for picking out her future career. Questions like: Would you prefer to work in an office or from home? Do you like sitting in traffic or causing it? What shape would you like your office to be?
Clinton's answer to that question – "I think that the world is so complicated, the fewer corners that you can have, the better" – just about sent the audience into a frenzy.
Though the interview primarily focused on 2016, a possibility that The New Republic's recent cover story called "inevitable," Stewart managed to get in a few questions about policy – especially about how Clinton thinks it must evolve.
"We can't define our diplomacy and practice our foreign policy as leaders talking to leaders anymore. Because that's not how the world works," she said. "People are empowered from the bottom up."
The two-part interview, found below, also found Clinton touching on income inequality and whether she enjoys criticism. But despite Stewart's efforts, the former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State ultimately left the 2016 question exactly where it was before: up in the air.
"You know, Jon, I was going to make an announcement," Clinton said. "But you kind of spoiled it."
Stewart couldn't let go. "So that's a yes?"
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