Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton: Suddenly Besties
After weathering the storm of questions over the Benghazi attack before congress last week, US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton appears not just to be surviving but thriving! Case in point: a luxurious public love-in with the President on 60 Minutes. Certainly, Obama has every reason to want to wipe the muck off himself and Clinton before she steps down as Secretary of State, lest the tragedy of Benghazi remain in everyone's long-term memories and thus form part of a disappointing legacy. But, as anyone who saw Clinton last week can attest, the Secretary of State is more than capable of holding her own. So why, when 60 Minutes asked Obama for an interview did he insist on bringing along his brand new BFF, Clinton? And why, when the interviewer tried to hint to Hillary that a run at the presidency might be in her future did she immediately change the subject, allowing the Prez to respond with:
“I gotta tell you, you guys in the press are incorrigible,” the president said. “I was literally inaugurated four days ago, and you’re talking about elections four years from now.”
Before you try to guess, (*cough* Hillary 2016 *cough*) let's look at the highlights from the show.
Obama on why he chose Hillary:
"She also was already a world figure," Obama said. "To have somebody who could serve as that effective ambassador in her own right without having to earn her stripes, so to speak, on the international stage, I thought, would be hugely important."
Hillary didn't want it but Obama didn't give up!
"The one thing he did mention was he basically said: `You know, we've got this major economic crisis that may push us into a depression. I'm not going to be able to do a lot to satisfy the built-up expectations for our role around the world. So you're going to have to get out there and, you know, really represent us while I deal with, you know, the economic catastrophe I inherited."
Hillary on how they got past the tension from season 1 - excuse us - the presidential primary of 2008:
“A few years ago, it would’ve been seen as improbable, because we had that very long, hard primary campaign,” Clinton said. But had the roles been reversed, “I would have desperately wanted him to be in my cabinet.”