This lil’ political swirl is the backbone of our great country
President Obama praised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a joint “60 Minutes” interview recorded Friday, calling his outgoing cabinet star one of the greatest chief diplomats in U.S. history.
“I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say thank you, because I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest Secretaries of State we’ve had,” Obama said in the rare TV spot — the first time he’s done a joint interview with anyone besides his wife, Michelle, since reaching the White House.
The interview — which was excerpted Friday and will be aired in full on Sunday — is a testament to the strength of the Obama-Clinton alliance that was forged following their bitter Democratic primary campaign in 2008.
“In politics and in democracy, sometimes you win elections and sometimes you lose elections,” Clinton said, recounting what she’s told people the world over about the “improbable” alliance. “And I worked very hard and lost. And then President Obama asked me to be Secretary of State and I said yes. And why did I say yes? Because we both love our country.”
Over the last four years, Clinton has traveled to 112 countries to rebuild an American brand left in tatters after the Iraq War — raising her 2016 White House prospects along the way.
The POTUS went out of his way to shower ol’ Hill with compliments, possibly to further bolster her profile with the American people.
“I can’t begrudge her wanting to take it easy for a little bit,” Obama said. “But I want the country to appreciate what an extraordinary role she’s played during the course of my administration. A lot of the successes we’ve had internationally have been because of her hard work.”
Hillary could always return the favor if she was to become the first woman POTUS and offer Barry a gig on her cabinet.
The interview will air on Sunday night.
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