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Hillary Dials Back ‘Attacks,’ Tells Obama: Let’s Hug It Out

From the Politico:

Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama: Let’s hug it out

By: Maggie Haberman | August 12, 2014

Hillary Clinton called President Barack Obama on Tuesday to “make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him” when she recently discussed her views on foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic, according to a statement from a Clinton spokesman.

The statement comes as Obama and Clinton, his former secretary of state, are due to cross paths at a social gathering Wednesday night in Martha’s Vineyard.

How awkward, huh?

In the interview, Clinton dismissed the Obama administration’s self-described foreign policy principle of “Don’t do stupid stuff.” …

According to Hillary, ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ isn’t proper foreign policy. But her husband’s, ‘It’s the economy, stupid,’ was brilliant domestic policy.

And while she also praised Obama several times, Clinton nonetheless called his decision not to assist Syrian rebels early on a “failure.” …

Er, except at the time Hillary said she was also opposed to arming the Syrian rebels. (See flashback article here.)

Earlier Tuesday, longtime top Obama aide David Axelrod took a swipe at Clinton on Twitter, writing: “Just to clarify: ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision.”

What a burn, since ‘War Hen’ Hillary voted for the war in Iraq.

The statement from Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill noted [that] … earlier today, the secretary called President Obama to make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership.

It continued: “Secretary Clinton has at every step of the way touted the significant achievements of his presidency, which she is honored to have been part of as his secretary of state. While they’ve had honest differences on some issues, including aspects of the wicked challenge Syria presents, she has explained those differences in her book and at many points since then.

Some are now choosing to hype those differences but they do not eclipse their broad agreement on most issues. Like any two friends who have to deal with the public eye, she looks forward to hugging it out when … they see each other tomorrow night.”

Isn’t that sweet? And how dare anyone try to hype what she said? We should know by now that she isn’t responsible for what comes out of her mouth.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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