“Run the Best Race You Can & Hand Off the Baton”

The New York Times, Thursday, April 17, 2014

Clinton Struggles to Define a Legacy in Progress, by Mark Landler and Amy Chozick

Washington–At a Women in the World meeting, a simple question was posed to Hillary Clinton: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state?…

“I really see my role as secretary, and, in fact, leadership in general in a democracy, as a relay race,” Mrs. Clinton said.  “I mean you run the best race you can run, you hand off the baton.”

“Hand off the baton” is a track term.  In a relay race, the racer finishing his or her part gives the baton to the next racer who continues the race.  In this run, Hillary Clinton handed the baton, as retired Secretary of State, to Mr. Kerry for his run as secretary.



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