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WATCH: Obama, Clinton Appear In Rare Joint Interview

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WATCH: Obama, Clinton Appear In Rare Joint Interview


President Barack Obama praised Hillary Clinton as “one of the finest secretary of states [sic] we’ve had” in a rare joint interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes Sunday.

“It has been a great collaboration over the last four years. I’m going to miss her,” Obama told interviewer Steve Kroft.

Clinton acknowledged that “a few years ago [a joint interview] would have been seen as improbable because we had that very long, hard primary campaign,” but said that she now considers the president to be a “very warm, close” friend.

During the interview, Kroft brought up the September 11th attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the recent contentious congressional hearings on the incident. “Do you feel guilty in any way, in– at a personal level? Do you blame yourself that you didn’t know or that you should have known?” he asked.

“Well, Steve, obviously, I deeply regret what happened, as I’ve said many times,” Clinton replied.

“But we also live in a dangerous world. And, you know, the people I’m proud to serve and work with in our diplomatic and development personnel ranks, they know it’s a dangerous and risky world,” she added. “We just have to do everything we can to try to make it as secure as possible for them.”

Later on, Kroft noted that Obama’s political opponents routinely charge that his administration has abdicated American leadership on the global stage, and hesitates to project American power across the world.

“Well, Muammar Qaddafi probably does not agree with that assessment, or at least if he was around, he wouldn’t agree with that assessment,” Obama responded.

One topic that the two would not discuss is the 2016 presidential election. When Kroft broached the subject, Obama immediately shut it down. “You guys in the press are incorrigible,” the president said with a smile. “I was literally inaugurated four days ago. And you’re talking about elections four years from now.”

Watch the entire interview below, in two parts:

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. Dominick Vila January 28, 2013

    Hillary Clinton was a wonderful First Lady, an excellent Senator, and an outstandsing Secretary of State. She would be a fantastic President if she decides to run in 2016 and manages to overcome the Electoral College vote ploy the Republicans are putting in place.
    Republican claims of an ineffective Obama foreign policy, are designed to deflect attention from their failures. Our international credibility has been restored, President Obama is one of the most respected recent American Presidents worldwide. Osama bin Laden and Muammar Qaddafi are dead, and our goals in the Persian Gulf have been met.
    Those whose only foreign policy topic of discussion is Benghazi should consider this: the deceit used to justify the invasion of Iraq, the fact that Osama bin Laden remained at large until the Navy Seals raid authorized by President Obama brought justice to that thug, the fact that after decades of literally getting away with murder, Qaddafi finally payed for the murder of passengers aboard a Pan Am plane and civilians in the Lockerbie area. They may also want to consider the logic of highlighting the horrible terrorist attack against our consulate in Benghazi, because four Americans were killed, while ignoring the 3,000 Americans killed on U.S. soil on 9/11/01, and the weekly terrorist attacks that occurred throughout Bush’s tenure.

  2. montanabill January 28, 2013

    That Kroft. Always hard hitting interviews where we learn stuff government had tried to keep from us. Hillary is a fantastic Secretary of State. The world is so much safer now that she has traveled the globe. It is just pure fortune that she was stopped early in her career from hiding facts in a case that could have gotten her disbarred. Or simply skated on White Water while taking home a nice pocket full of change. And she made sure that good ol’ Billy wouldn’t take heat from home about his few extra girls. There were a few other episodes too, but nothing anyone needs to know about if she wants to be the next President.
    Our international credibility has been restored, as long as you don’t ask our allies, most European nations, countries in the middle east, countries in the far east, or countries south of us. Though, I haven’t checked Mexico lately. Hey! She a Democrat and a Clinton, what else do you need to know?

    1. WhutHeSaid January 28, 2013

      Leave it to you Bill to get right to the important points. Say, is there any nation that Hillary or Bill can’t travel to for fear of being prosecuted as a war criminal? Just wondering.

      1. montanabill January 28, 2013


        1. Hillbilly January 28, 2013

          Texas isn’t a Country.

          1. robert January 28, 2013


  3. lana ward January 28, 2013

    Two lying communists together. Isn’t that sweet!!

    1. WhutHeSaid January 28, 2013

      Well, maybe not as sweet as your much closer relationship with Satan.

  4. Lovefacts January 28, 2013

    I’m so sick of hearing and reading people throw around the word communist. When asked to define what Karl Marx proposed they have no idea. Further, these same people use communist, socialist, and facist interchangably. They aren’t. They are mutally exclusive. However, if you want to see a Facist party in operation, read the definition of what it is and take a hard look the Republican party. In the last 25-30 years it has left its roots and changed into something unrecognizable to those of us older than Fox News.

  5. Katherine D Patrick January 28, 2013

    I was disappointed that the president referred to the secretary of state as “Hilary” throughout the interview. She deserved to be called Secretary Clinton. He also chose to call her husband “Bill” rather than President Clinton. This is too casual–almost seemed disrespectful.

    1. Hillbilly January 28, 2013

      It was not disrepectful, they are friends so why should President Obama call them by their first name. It would have been more disrepectful to ignore their friendship and all call the Clintons by their titles instead of their names.

  6. Bob Williams January 28, 2013

    The fact that she did her best to cover his big series of lies on Benghazi put him in her debt.

  7. ObozoMustGo January 28, 2013

    Obozo says that because he’s an incompetent moron that would not recognize a good SoS from a cow pie. What do you expect him to say, you dummies?

    Have a nice day!

    “4 Americans are dead. What difference, at this point, does it make how they were killed?” — Hillary “Wide Load and Cankles” Clinton lying and shilling to change the topic in front of a sham of a Congressional inquiry

    1. robert January 28, 2013

      Haahaaahaaaahahaaaaaa! You’re such a clown, Bozo! You’re tons of fun!

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  9. robert January 28, 2013

    Thanks to Republican/Tea Bags own self destruction, Farts News, and all of the smelly little trolls, imps, and scum-dogs stinking up the internet, there will not be a legitimate, bonafide Republican to be elected president for the next twenty-four years. They can’t blame that on no one but themselves. They will always be the laughing-stock of America and the world. And, good riddance! 2014 can’t get here soon enough so America can finish the job of getting rid of the rest of those traitorous, yellow-bellied, dog head scum. It’ll send the trolls, imps, and scum-dogs back under their rocks.


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