hillary clinton most fascinating person barbara walters 2013 Hillary Clinton is Barbara Walters' most fascinating person of 2013 and the past 20 yearsBarbara 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.”

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."