"Who knows?" he replied. "We've got a lot of possibilities out there. I might get an ambassadorship. In the next administration, I may be appointed secretary of something. You never know."
No you don't, though that sounded mostly like a man keeping his options open, even while having a little sport with a reporter. But what the mayor said next will ring familiar to anyone who has watched Menino's previous efforts to ward off rumors that he's ready to retire, but without going so far as to affirm that he is indeed eyeing another term.
"I love my job," the mayor declared. "There is no better job in America than being mayor of Boston."
It beats being a long-suffering city councilor waiting for a long-serving mayor to retire, certainly.
Globe file photo: Boston Mayor Thomas Menino delivers a speech in March.