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Obama Praises Hillary’s (Non) Accomplishments

From an unquestioning Associated Press:

Obama lauds Clinton as she prepares to leave

By PHILIP ELLIOTT | January 28, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama lauded Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as one of his closest advisers and said their shared vision for America’s role in the world persuaded his one-time rival — and potential successor — to be his top diplomat while he dealt with the shattered economy at home.

Their "shared vision" being Saul Alinsky’s teachings.

But as for Obama’s momentous decision to asked her to be "top diplomat," didn’t he offer that job to Joe Biden first? (That’s what Mrs. Biden claimed, and Joe didn’t correct her.)

During a joint interview that aired Sunday, Obama and Clinton chuckled as they described their partnership and stoked speculation that Obama may prefer Clinton to succeed him in the White House after the 2016 elections…

This was probably always the plan. Why else choose such a numb-skull as your VP as Biden?

"The president and I care deeply about what’s going to happen for our country in the future," Clinton said. "And I don’t think, you know, either he or I can make predictions about what’s going to happen tomorrow or the next year."

And never mind that they both make policy based on their predictions for the future.

Obama, who suggested the joint interview as Clinton prepared her exit from the State Department, lavished praise on his rival for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. He called her a friend and an extraordinary talent, and praised "her discipline, her stamina, her thoughtfulness, her ability to project." …

And given how much Obama ‘projects,’ that is high praise.

Obama and Clinton laughed when asked about the political future.

"You guys in the press are incorrigible," Obama said when pressed on another Clinton presidency. "I was literally inaugurated four days ago. And you’re talking about elections four years from now." …

All our so-called journalists care about is the horse race for the Presidency. Who will be our next king.

Obama described why he insisted Clinton become his secretary of state.

"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."

It was a job she initially refused. But Obama kept pushing, Clinton said.

"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."

Again, the Bidens claim that Joe was offered the job but chose to be VP instead. Which tells you how highly Obama valued Hillary.

But notice that he even whined to Hillary about the catastrophe he inherited.

It’s a job she embraced during the last four years. She arrived on the job with a global brand she quickly lent to promoting U.S. interests. In return, the public rewarded her with high approval ratings that could come in handy if she runs in 2016.

But her tenure has had its blemishes. For example, the United States did not directly intervene in the civil war in Syria, where the United Nations says more than 60,000 people have been killed and more than 2 million people have been internally displaced since the start of the conflict in March 2011

Notice that the AP does not even mention Fast & Furious or Benghazi or the disaster in Libya in general, or the Muslim Brotherhood’s takeover of Egypt, or our worsening relations with Russia, or the failure to stop Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs.

It would be far easier to list Hillary’s accomplishments. (Which are basically none.)

On "60 Minutes," he praised Clinton’s State Department for helping him sort out what the United States can — and cannot — accomplish.

Apparently, she’s mostly shown him what the US can’t accomplish.

"It has been a great collaboration over the last four years. I’m going to miss her. Wish she was sticking around. But she has logged in so many miles, I can’t begrudge her wanting to take it easy for a little bit," Obama said.

It’s something of a turnaround from 2007 and 2008, as the two raced through Iowa and New Hampshire and onward. In increasingly bracing language, the two excoriated the other. At one point, a visibly angry Clinton seethed, "Shame on you, Barack Obama."

Obama now jokes about the rivalry. "Made for tough debates, by the way, because we could never figure out what we were different on," the president said.

Both acknowledged disagreements continue but said they had common goals. "Are there going to be differences? Yeah. Deep differences? Of course," Clinton said. "You had a lot of strong-willed, -minded people. But the president deserves our best judgment, our advice and then he deserves us to stand with him and to execute."

In other words, the Democrat primaries were always just political theater. Besides, once again, they are both Alinsky-ites. So of course they have common goals. But their goals have nothing to do with American’s best interests.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, January 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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