Clinton Meets Obama, Later Jokes About 'Complicated' Media Relations

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Image: Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at Syracuse Universitys S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications presentation of the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting in Washington, DC
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at Syracuse Universitys S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications presentation of the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting in Washington, DC, on March 23, 2015. NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP - Getty Images

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Hillary Clinton joked about her “complicated” relationship with the media and her hairstyle late Monday, hours after meeting President Barack Obama amid mounting speculation over whether she is about to announce a presidential run.

Clinton met her rival-turned-colleague in private at the White House for about an hour on Monday. She later attended an awards ceremony honoring Robin Toner — the first woman to serve as national political correspondent for the New York Times — where Clinton mentioned the recent scandal over her personal email account.

“I’m all about new beginnings,” Clinton told her audience. “A new grandchild. Another new hairstyle. A new email account. How about a new relationship with the press? You know, my relationship with the press has been at times, shall we say, complicated."

The former Secretary of State joked: “Before I go any further, if you look under your chairs, you'll find a simple non-disclosure agreement. My attorneys drew it up.”

She went on to say that, in a fragmented modern media world, Americans rely increasingly on reporters “to try to get us out of the echo chambers we all inhabit.”

Clinton, who has met Obama occasionally at the White House since she left the administration in 2013, also posted a message on Twitter praising his health care law and its provisions aimed at covering young people and those with preexisting conditions. In a jab at Republicans who want to get rid of the law, she wrote: "Repeal those things? Embrace them!"

Last month Clinton dropped a number of hints about her expected presidential run in 2016, saying she would make a decision "in good time."

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- Alastair Jamieson and Emily Gold

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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