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Hillary Clinton: Things You Didn’t Know About Her

When someone has spent the better part of two decades in the national spotlight, it’s pretty easy for even the most uninformed people to know something about Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

Whether it’s because of her stint as First Lady during Bill Clinton’s presidency, her time as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, or as the current Democratic frontrunner to claim the Oval Office in her own right, Hillary Clinton has had her share of the limelight. We know what she likes to drink, how much she’s worth, and which recipes will likely make their way into the White House if she’s elected.

We know a lot about Hillary Clinton’s policies — she has a public track record, after all. But there’s plenty of other information about the candidate that’s not as widespread — or that we’ve forgotten about in the Benghazi email dump. Take a look to find out some of the other aspects that make up Clinton’s life.

1. She’s always been astronomically ambitious
Pun fully intended. Clinton said that as a 13-year-old, she wrote to NASA asking about the requirements to become an astronaut. President Kennedy had just made his public commitment to go to the moon, and Clinton said she wanted in on the action.

“When I was about 13, I wrote to NASA and asked what I needed to do to try to be an astronaut. And of course, there weren’t any women astronauts, and NASA wrote me back and said there would not be any women astronauts. And I was just crestfallen,” Clinton recounted in a 2012 speech celebrating Amelia Earhart.

Clinton wasn’t the only female to get a similar rejection letter during that era. Some have doubted Clinton’s claims, especially since neither Clinton nor NASA can prove the correspondence. However, an investigation by The Washington Post shows that the story is indeed plausible – one woman sent her own rejection letter to Sally Ride after her successful trip to space, thanking Ride for breaking the gender barrier.

Still, Clinton maintains a sense of humor about the entire experience, especially since hindsight tells her she wouldn’t have made it anyway. “But then I realized I couldn’t see very well, and I wasn’t all that athletic, so probably – (laughter) – I wouldn’t be the first woman astronaut anyway,” Clinton joked.
Hillary Clinton: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Her
2. She hasn’t driven a car in 20 years
In 2014, Clinton told a group at the National Automobile Dealers Association that she hadn’t been behind the wheel since 1996. “The last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996,” Clinton said in the video above, choosing this as another moment for a joke. “I remember it very well. Unfortunately, so does the Secret Service, which is why I haven’t driven since then.”

Clinton has said it’s one of the regrets of her public life that she can’t take a joyride on her own anymore, but at least she’s used to the treatment if she does find herself in the Oval Office after the election. According to The Washington Post, former presidents and first ladies have Secret Service protection for life following their term in office – meaning an agent is behind the wheel of a dark SUV in most cases. Source

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