Caught My Eye: Clinton’s ‘Ah-Ha’ Moment

By Jennifer Parker

Mar 30, 2009 8:58pm

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed this weekend that she was "sort of a tomboy" when she was growing up and wanted to be a baseball player, an astronaut, or a journalist.

"I did love to play sports and played with a lot of the boys in my neighborhood," Clinton said at an event at The Women’s Museum in Dallas on Friday, according to a State Department transcript released over the weekend.

"I wanted to be a baseball player," she told  the audience. "I wanted to be a journalist. I know you’ll never believe that."

She re-told the story she recounted to ABC’s Charles Gibson during the 2009 presidential campaign  about her aspirations to be an astronaut.

"I think I was thirteen or so, and so I wrote to NASA to ask how I could become an astronaut. And I got a response back which was, ‘We’re not interested in women astronauts,’" she said.

"When we were growing up, there were just so many overt and implied obstacles to what young women could aspire to. There were certainly schools you couldn’t go to, scholarships you couldn’t apply for – jobs that were not available to you," Clinton said.

"You really have to prepare. And you have to get knocked down, and you have to pick yourself up, and you have to keep going," she added later.

When asked about an "ah-ha" moment in her life, Clinton said: "I had an ‘ah-ha’ moment that I wasn’t going to be the Democratic nominee for the presidency of the United States," she said as the audience laughed.  "That’s a kind of different ah-ha moment."

–George Stephanopoulos and ABC’s Kirit Radia

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