BBC News reports that Hillary Clinton is due to stand for US presidency in 2008. If she succeeds in the presidency race, she will become the first female president of the US.
This is what she said:
"The stakes will be high when America chooses a new president in 2008
"Only a new president can regain America’s position as a respected leader in the world.
"This is a big election with some very big questions. How do we bring the war in Iraq to the right end?" she asked, in addition to mentioning several domestic issues, including health care, the environment and "energy independence".
She is of course the wife of the 42nd president, Bill Clinton. If she does succeed in the race, the list of presidents would go a little bit like this…
41. 1989-1993 George H. W. Bush
42. 1993-2001 Bill Clinton
43. 2001-2009 George W. Bush
44. 2009- Hillary Clinton
Most interestingly George’s smaller brother Jeb Bush, currently governor of Florida, has said that he won’t run for president in 2008. However, he could run in 2012. George has said Jeb would make a great president. Senior Bush wants Jeb to run. Washington Post:
In May 2005, King asked the senior Bush if he wanted Jeb Bush to run for president.
"Someday I would, yes," George H.W. Bush said.
"Is the timing wrong now, though?" King asked.
"Yes. The timing’s wrong," Bush said. "The main thing is, he doesn’t want to do it. Nobody believes that, but . . ."
If Jeb does indeed run in 2012 (or even 2016 if Hillary gets two terms), five presidents in a row would have run in the Bush and Clinton families. Potentially, the Bush-Clinton families could be in power for 36 successive years.
Just a thought.