TODAY | February 02, 2013
>>> the most traveled secretary of state in u.s. history is jobless today for the first time in decades. former secretary of state hillary clinton received a warm sendoff in washington on friday. and while her political future may be in question, one thing is certain -- her short-term plans include a lot of rest. kristin welker is at the white house with more. good morning.
>> reporter: lester, good morning you to. that's right, clinton has joked about looking forward to sleeping in this weekend. this after visiting more than 100 countries, earning praise and some criticism along the way. secretary of state hillary clinton starting a new chapter in her storied life.
>> i cannot fully express how grateful i am to those with whom i have spent many hours here in washington, around the world, and in airplanes. [ laughter ]
>> reporter: clinton spent a lot of time on airplanes, traveling more than a million miles from overseeing a shift toward democracy in myanmar to helping to broker a cease-fire last year when tensions flared between israel and hamas. the final weeks of her tenure were rocky when she testified on capitol hill about the attack against the u.s. consulate in benghazi. foreign policy experts say she didn't have one signature achievement, but she did leave a mark.
>> on balance, i think that she's notable for a steadiness, for a relatively error-free period, for extremely loyal service to the president.
>> reporter: her journey to secretary of state was somewhat improbable. from the white house as first lady to a senate to a tough campaign against her now-former boss.
>> i was a big admirer of hillary's before our primary battles.
>> if the roles had been reversed and i had ended up winning, i would have desperately wanted him to be in my cabinet. so if i'm saying i would have wanted him to say yes to me, how am i going to justify saying no to my president?
>> reporter: while today she can sleep in, clinton 's next move is a mystery. she joked to "the new york times" in november, "maybe i'll get a decorating show." the speck blulation about a white house run in 2016 has begun in earnest.
>> for the foreseeable future, i don't think that i will be at all political because there's so much else i need to do.
>> reporter: now sources close to clinton tell me she really hasn't made up her mind about whether or not she'll run in 2016 . it's certainly one of the options on the table. they say right now she's just focused on get something rest. lester?