Mr. Donilon was, Joe writes, "speaking as a friend. ... The pain he read on my face was off the charts. Mike also knew that Jill would have supported the decision to go, but he thought he thought saw dread in her eyes." So he told Jill, children Hunter and Ashley, President Obama, Messrs. Donilon and Ricchetti that he was not going to run in 2016, and he stuck to it.