Hillary Clinton returned to her Illinois roots to accept her latest award, offering reflections on her childhood and making no mention of a future that could include a 2016 presidential bid.
Speaking Saturday in Chicago, the home of President Barack Obama, Clinton called Abraham Lincoln “the greatest president who ever served our country” as she accepted the Order of Lincoln.
She made no mention of Obama — who derailed her in the fight for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and then named her secretary of state — or the presidency of her husband, Bill Clinton.
The former first lady, who also was a U.S. senator from New York, spoke for about four minutes as she accepted what’s often called Illinois’s highest honor, the latest award she’s received since stepping down as secretary of state in February 2013. Winners are selected by the independent, nonpartisan Lincoln Academy.
Clinton, 66, whose husband’s presidency ran from 1993-2001, has said she’ll make a decision on a White House run by the end of this year. Polls of Democrats show she has a huge lead over the party’s other 2016 prospects.
Hillary Diane Rodham was born in 1947 in Chicago and grew up in Park Ridge, a northwest suburb close to O’Hare International Airport. In her remarks, she noted that the hospital where she was born “some years ago” no longer exists.