If Barack Obama wanted to offer Hillary Clinton a job, will he be doing so after her public behaviour regarding his intention? The one thing her reaction, and that of her supporters, showed recently was that there would be two points of focus at the White House, not one, should she join his Cabinet in such a highly visible role as Secretary of State.
Like everyone else, Hillary was called very quietly for a private discussion, whatever the content was. Reporters and observers were quite free to assume what they like regarding that meeting. However, by allowing her staff to leak content from the discussion, and a massive media debate to follow, it deliberately aimed to put the new President-elect in a situation where he would have to give her what she wanted. Her reaction was so stark, compared to the other contenders who were also called for a chat, it would have been troubling to those trying to mend the fences to actually have Hillary on the team. I would hazard a guess that they discussed a number of potential openings for her but she deliberately focused on that one perhaps because that's the main one she wants.
While all the other candidates under consideration have been absolutely mum on their chats with the transition team, remaining entirely stoic and diplomatic about what might have transpired, as it should be, with Hillary Clinton it was entirely different. She was still acting presidential. One could sense an orchestrated effort by sources close to Clinton to already anoint her in the job, most likely with the aim of surreptitiously forcing Barack's hand. But that would not have been a very clever thing to do. Barack Obama is the man in charge, and also likes to do things his way. He will do what he thinks is right. Yet she was still acting as though she was in control. All she had to say was "No comment" and forbade any discussion on the issue until everything was sealed and signed, to allow the President-elect to announce anything himself. The very nature of so many pages being written and said about a job that has not yet been offered would have demonstrated what he fears most: two de facto presidents in the White House instead of one, should she get such a high profile role. She would continue to be a law onto herself, doing what she pleased.
I think what happened after their meeting would have alarmed him somewhat, which is probably why they hastily released the fact that there were four people in contention for the Secretary of State's position, not just one, and that they are also vetting her husband's overseas connections too, in order to regain the initiative. I think she might now be placed somewhere else, if only to show that she would be one of a 'team' and not a sole player, as she seems to be behaving, and to also emphasise who is actually the new president, in case she still has any illusions!