January 15th, 2013
07:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Bill Clinton jokes about Hillary's future

(CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may not know her plans for the future, but her husband certainly pictures her being around for a long, long time.

Talking about her recent health setback, former President Bill Clinton said his wife will be just fine and boasted of her "low blood pressure" and "standing heartbeat."

"I tell her…she's still got time to have three more husbands after me," he joked. "So I think she'll live to be 120."

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"I always know that she's thinking about that," he continued. "Whenever I'm stubborn about something, in her constant quest in my self-improvement, she refers to me as her first husband."

His comments came while speaking at his second annual "Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation" conference in Palm Springs, California.

Hillary Clinton was recently sidelined by illness, a concussion and a blood clot near her brain, for which she was hospitalized. The secretary of state returned to work last week.

She plans to step down from her post as soon as her successor is confirmed. Speaking publicly for the first time since being sick, she told reporters last week she's not sure what comes next but added she'll be stepping "off the very fast track for a little while."

Referring to questions about a potential 2016 presidential bid, her husband said Tuesday his advice "is that she should rest up and decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life."

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. marianne

    President Hillary Clinton 2016...please God!!!

    January 15, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Meki60

    both you people are a joke

    January 15, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. America Suckered Again

    Hillary " Iraq is unwinnable..." Clinton in 2016? That's the funniest joke in this article. She has no new or original or functional ideas to bring to any table. Her accomplishments are few. I wish her a happy retirement following this consolation prize stint as SoS.

    January 15, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Clarke

    I would just enjoy each day as is comes. Starting with sitting on a beach and watching the waves roll in and out.

    January 15, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Sivarama Madireddi

    Way to go, Hilary, Wonder Woman for this century!!!

    January 15, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. Storm coming

    Bill...you are just too funny for words.. you would make a great 1st Lady", lol

    January 15, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. Facts don't Lie

    the one negative thing that happened when Clinton lost out to Obama in 2008 was that McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate and we have been cursed by that move ever since. Had Clinton won the nomination Sarah Palin would still be an unknown hunting moose for food up in Alaska. McCain would not have needed that "Game Change" that seems to never want to go away.

    January 15, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. Loki

    Bill Clinton = the Lance Armstrong of Girl Doping
    Hillary Clinton = Brain Clot of the year winner. Responsible for 4 people dying in Benghazi.

    January 15, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. Justin Toym

    Hillary Clinton doesn't have a brain to clot.

    January 15, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  10. Carol Johnson

    Well, I am like many in this country and hope and pray she will run for president and become the first woman president of the USA!!
    She will make a great one!!!

    January 15, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. USAPeasant

    Ah and Hillary is Bill's first mistress. Never could understand why Bill cheated so much. Hillary was good looking in the nineties and she's still very good looking now. Add in the brains and power and that's one heck of a catch. It always perplexes me why guys with babe-a-licious wives cheat. It just doesn't make any logical sense to me. Greed perhaps? Maybe the elitist mind is tuned to self-entitlement? Oh well, I suppose Peasants like myself will never understand.

    January 15, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  12. DB

    If she ran I don't see anybody who could possibly beat her or even make it close. Nothing is a guarantee, but her chances are so overwhelming she almost owes it to her party and country to run. It would be selfish of her if she DIDN'T run.

    January 15, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. Jane Smith

    If Hillary runs, she will have my support. Go Hillary!

    January 15, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. marctheduck

    I wonder what's going to happen to her just before she is supposed to testify on the 23rd? This would be a great office pool question! Let's see... it's got to be something non-permanent such that no one would vote for her in 2016. Concussion: check. Blood clot: check. Hmmm... how about obstructed bowel syndrome?

    January 15, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That last line certainly adds to the 2016 speculation. It wouldn't surprise me that she runs. Winning the nomination is another story.

    January 15, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. JimInMS

    Hillary will be the greatest president of all time. She is smarter and works harder than anyone else in government.

    January 15, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. Patines

    I always think that it will be a big come back for Bill Clinton to get into the White House as the Firstman.

    January 15, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. love those interns

    Bill would make a great first lady.
    He already knows his way around that kitchen.

    January 15, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. Fuzzy Thinker

    Bill does not get the point- He is history. And when he is no longer useful to her, his life expectancy is zero. She will be a widow with no grief.

    January 15, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. raji dorotez

    The democrats have a lot to choose from but let's say hillary 2017-2025 then mayor castro of san antonio 2025-2033 & then what about one of the younger kennedys. as for the republicans it's about time they go wherever the whigs went. sorry but i'm 65 & have been a democrat since i voluntered on the mcgovern campaign & am so happy to see someone like obama in the oval office. he's the best we've had since fdr.

    January 15, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  21. theINDEPENDENTone

    Dementia is sad and hard for the family.

    January 15, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  22. Bea

    I love these two. Despite all their earlier problems they have managed to stay together and work on their marriage. I hope that after some much needed rest, Hillary runs for president in 2016. She would be a great president and it would be a hoot to have Bill as "First Gentleman".

    January 15, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  23. Catmandew

    Hilary has already missed her chance at POTUS I dont believe she will get another one. Her followers will remeber how she quit too early last time! Obama wont leave anything anyway! He is ruining our country.

    January 15, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  24. Marvin Wayne Palmer, Jr

    Best wishes

    January 16, 2013 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  25. Aruna Hollingshead

    They are made for each other. She will be a good or better President than Bill.

    January 16, 2013 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
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