Clinton Nears Decision on U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

"Even then," Clinton said, "I honestly did not believe it was about me. … I did not."

Obama immediately offered her the job, Clinton recalled. "He said, 'I want you to be my secretary of state.' And, I said, 'Oh, no you don't,'" she said, laughing.

"I said there are so many other people who could do this and do it really well. I had this image in my head, I'd be back in the Senate, I'd spend time at my house, I'd visit my friends in the city and upstate and go back and work on health care. ... So I was very taken aback and somewhat resistant to the idea because it just seemed so unexpected. I couldn't grasp it," she said.

"But we kept talking, [and] I'm pretty old-fashioned ... so, at the end of the day, when your president asks you to serve, you say yes if you can."

Since taking on the role, Clinton said, Obama "has been very supportive, very forthcoming.

"I feel not only incredibly involved but relied upon."

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