As an interviewer, it takes a lot of chutzpah to cut off Hillary Clinton mid-sentence. But that’s exactly what The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart did Tuesday night when he sat down across from the former secretary of State to talk about her book, Hard Choices.
The 2016 question inevitably came up. Clinton even tried to preempt the question this time, but her well-planned bons mots were cut off by Stewart.
“This is a really complex, and well reasoned, and an eyewitness view to the history of those four years,” Stewart said as started off the interview. “And I think I speak for everybody when I say … no one cares; they just want to know if you’re running for president.”
“You know, Jon, I was going to make an announcement, but I mean, you kind of spoiled it for me,” Clinton joked.
“So that’s a yes. I’m gonna go with that’s a yes,” Stewart said.
Stewart then delivered an impromptu presidential-career aptitude test to Clinton.
“Do you like commuting to work, or do you like a home office?” he asked.
“You know, I spent so many years commuting, I’d kind of prefer a home office,” Clinton said.
“Do you have a favorite shape for that home office?” Stewart asked. “Would you like it to have corners, or would you like it not to have corners?”
“You know, I think that the world is so complicated, the fewer corners that you can have, the better,” Clinton said, to the audience’s delight.
The interview then took a meta turn when Stewart asked Clinton how she deals with intense media scrutiny. “Do you enjoy constant, nonstop criticism?” Stewart asked her.
“Enjoy is probably the wrong word,” Clinton said. “Expect? Survive? Live through? It just sort of comes with the territory.”
Stewart then laid out his theory that if Clinton simply told the world she was not going to run for president, all of the criticism would stop. Does Clinton agree?
“I think a lot of people would lose their jobs if it all stopped,” she said. “I’ve been amazed at what a cottage industry it is.”