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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she thinks President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize because of his view of America's role in the world.
In an interview broadcast Monday on NBC's Today Show, Secretary Clinton said the president was recognized for his willingness to challenge everyone, which she said has restored the image and appreciation of America.
Critics have said Mr. Obama has not done enough yet to earn the prestigious prize.
Clinton said she does not think winning the award will have any influence on the president's tough decisions, including his deliberations concerning the war in Afghanistan.
In the interview, Clinton also called accusations that she is keeping a low profile "absurd." She said her goal is to implement the kind of changes that are in the best interest of the country, but she also believes in delegating power.
When asked if she would ever consider running again for president, Clinton answered "no" with a smile. She said she has a great job now and is looking forward to retirement at some point.
Clinton, 61, lost her bid for the Democratic Party presidential nomination last year in a tough fight with Mr. Obama.
Some information for this report was provided by AP.