By Charlotte Alter
May 16, 2014

The best women broadcasters of the last 50 years turned out today to surprise Barbara Walters on her final day as co-host of The View.

“We all have been influenced by you,” said Oprah, “And we all proudly stand on your shoulders.” Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Maria Shriver and more than a dozen more broadcaster journalists came on stage to honor Walters, whose half-century career inspired thousands of women to go into the profession.

Hillary Clinton also came to surprise Walters, and even did a little “surprise dance” as Whoopi Goldberg announced her as a special guest. Clinton was one of Barbara’s “Most Fascinating People” many times, and so Barbara asked her the question on everyone’s mind: Are you going to run?

“I am running… around the park,” Clinton said.

View co-host Sherri Shepherd took a different tack, asking Clinton what she wanted to be called as a grandmother when her daughter Chelsea’s baby is born. “You like Nana?” asked Shepherd, pausing a bit before adding: “You like President Clinton?”

Clinton also describes how her new book Hard Choices incorporated her personal history into her political decisions.

“You go through these experiences carrying everything you are and everything you believe in…looking at decisions that are both very personal, and decisions that are more broad, I tried to connect it to people’s lives. Because everybody has choices they have to make: becoming a mother, getting married, staying married, getting a job, keeping a job, there’s a lot of hard choices that every one of us goes through. and then nations have to make hard choices, and how they make them, and what their values are, so I try to talk about both the personal and the more international.”

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