In the conclusion
of a two-part interview with NBC's Today
, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley tossed aside talk that she would run for president.
Gearing up to check in on whether the former S.C. governor was considering a White House bid, a scruffy Matt Lauer returned a beaming smile and gently mentioned speculation of Haley's presidential aspirations. After she initially dismissed the affable entreaty, he pressed: "Can you imagine running for president one day?"
"I can't," Haley said, nearly cutting off Lauer.
Of course, a run for president would possibly mean an eight-year wait if her boss wins a second term in office without drawing a challenger. Still, Haley seemed more relaxed in her chat with Lauer than she often did when speaking publicly in the Statehouse. But then again, maybe that's just the effect of the Waldorf-Astoria penthouse
that serves as the official residence of the U.N. ambassador.