Barbara Walters aired her last “Most Fascinating People” special on Wednesday (Dec. 18), where she not only revealed her 10 most fascinating people of 2013 but took a look back at the past 20 years of doing the special.
Walters also selected her no. 1 most fascinating person for 2013, who she also declared as her most fascinating person of the past 20 years — Hillary Clinton.
Walters points out that this is the first time Clinton has been interviewed by Walters when either she or her husband Bill Clinton weren’t holding public office.
“It’s a relief,” says Clinton “because I knew that I wanted to get off the high-wire that I had been on for so long to spend time just doing things that do us a lot of joy — playing with our dogs, going to movies, just hanging out.”
Walters then presses her to answer about whether she’s running for president in 2016 and Clinton is circumspect.
“It’s such a difficult decision and it’s one that I am not going to rush into,” she says. “And I don’t think we should be looking at the next election, I think that we should be looking at the work that we have today — our unemployment rate is still too high, we have people getting kicked off food stamps who are in terrible economic straits, small businesses not getting credit, I could go on and on. I think we ought to pay attention to what’s happening right now.”
“I haven’t made up my mind,” Clinton finishes. “I will look carefully at what I think I can do and make that decision sometime next year.”
But she adds that public service has been a passion of hers her entire life.
“I care so much about what’s going to happen to this country because I’m a beneficiary of all the sacrifice that my parents’ generation and generations before me. I sure don’t want to be part of a generation that sees America’s dream be depreciated when I don’t think that is necessary,” says Clinton, adding that she wants her legacy to be “that I did the best I could to live a life of integrity and service.”