When asked about a rumor that Mr. Clinton might run for mayor of the Big Apple, White House spokesman Jake Siewert joked that the president already has "the second-toughest job in American politics, so why would he want the first?"
Asked if that was a no, Siewert said: "Yeah, that's a no. It's also a New York pander."
Mr. Clinton and his wife, Senator-elect Hillary Clinton, have taken up residence in Chappaqua, a wealthy suburban community north of the Big Apple.
New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican, is term limited and, as a result, can't seek re-election next year. At least four Democrats are said to be interest in the job, but Mr. Clinton isn't one of them.