August 12th, 2014
08:09 AM ET
1 month ago

After criticism of Obama policy, Hillary Clinton to party with President

Edgartown, Mass. (CNN) — Only days after offering a stinging rebuke of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, Hillary Clinton plans to attend a party in Martha’s Vineyard alongside the President on Wednesday.

The former top diplomat, on the tiny Massachusetts island to promote her book, will find herself at the same social gathering as Obama and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, on Wednesday night.

The party is at the island home of Vernon Jordan, who acted as an adviser to former President Bill Clinton during his White House years. He’s married to a cousin of Valerie Jarrett, a top Obama aide.

“The President and First Lady are very much looking forward to the occasion and seeing Former Secretary Clinton,” a White House official said.

Earlier in the day, Clinton is slated to promote her book, “Hard Choices,” in Vineyard Haven at the Bunch of Grapes bookstore.

Over the weekend, the former secretary of state appeared to harshly criticize her former boss’ foreign policy choices in an interview with “The Atlantic,” saying the decision not to arm Syrian rebels had led to Islamic militants taking over swaths of territory in the region.

"The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad – there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle – the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled," Clinton said.

She also took a hit at an oft-repeated phrase Obama uses to sum up his foreign policy choices — “don’t do stupid stuff.”

"Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle," Clinton told The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg.

Wednesday's Clinton-Obama encounter was first reported by Politico.

Obama and his family have been vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard since Saturday.

White House Producer Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Lizzie

    No matter what she says, it's all politics, bash the President the day before party with him the next.

    August 12, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. The Queen

    Cousins and former formers – they all sound like the elite royalty gathering at Martha's to party.

    August 12, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    There's a reason why Obama is POTUS and Clinton is not. He voted against the Iraq War, she voted for it. That was the #1 issue which made me cast my vote for Obama. When it comes to the so called "Obama Doctrine," you call it what you want, but he's not starting unnecessary wars and he's listening to the will of the PEOPLE. We wanted out of Iraq, he's gotten us out of there. We want out of Afghanistan, he's getting us out of there! Americans are war wary and are sick and tired of being on a perpetual war footing.

    August 12, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. smith

    @Rudy- I told you yesterday the split is between progressives and traditional democrats. Issues like gun control, immigration, and foreign policy are big in the split.

    August 12, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Anonymous

    If people would read the whole excerpt, it was not as CNN keeps saying a "stinging rebuke of Obama's foreign policy". She ended up saying he was smart, etc. and was very supportive. She was making a good point but don't forget that it was Malaki's fault, not President Obama's, that there was neglect and a vacuum in northern Iraq. It was his job to bring the country together not the US. He pretended he could handle the country and didn't want the US in there anymore. He has been the complete failure. How much more money does the US need to spend and how many more lives lost to try and change the culture and feuds the tribes have been having for thousands of years? No one has succeeded and probably never will. The real mistake was going into the Iraq war in the first place because they had no WMD's and no Al Queda at that time. They also had nothing to do with 911. That war destabilized Iraq even more. Clinton voted for that war and Pres. Obama was against it..

    August 12, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Can anyone recall any of the conservative posters in here supporting the idea of airstrikes in Syria? Anyone? All we heard was a litany of how Obama was going to drag us off "...into another one of his wars". I would love to hear how the Right would have responded if they had been in power. Does anyone seriously think that a terrorist in the Middle East would have been terrified at the thought of the Mormon aristocrat being in charge, or John McCain? McCain would have been the best recruiting tool for the jihadists, with his record of stupid comments that make Biden look like a monk with a vow of silence. All we're seeing on here from the Right, as usual, are the same tired, pathetic, intellectually flaccid comments about how terrible Obama is, and how everything in the world from terrorism to acne is his fault. What is also missing, once again, is anything that could be described as a solution from the whiners. Do I agree with everything Obama has done? Hardly, but in the utter absence of any ideas from the Opposition that are above the intellect of a daycare facility, he has been forced to go it alone. Does that fact that Hillary objected to his approach signal some kind of major split? Hardly. Unlike the GOP the Democrats are accustomed to having a range of opinions, rather than beating people into ideological submission.

    August 12, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Lily

    Folks, we were given brain to use it. There is no any bad blood between the Clintons and Obamas. It is all about politics. Just remember who rescued the re-election of Pres. Obama. It was former Pres. Clinton. And we should ask ourselves why did he do so? And now people think they are not sailing on the same boat??? Politics is played well by those who are very expert in the game.

    August 12, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    @ smith, what was the " stupid stuff" you are referring to? Not getting boots on the ground? Obama ran on the idea of leaving Iraq and Afghanistan, efforts the public supported. Since you are a self-described libertarian, I would have thought you would have supported not getting involved overseas in any way, shape, or form. How would you have dealt with those problem, or are you like the rest of the mouthbreathers who only criticize?

    August 12, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Anonymous

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Let the Democrat food fight begin! Hillary, the automatic winner of the White House?!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Already talk of dumping her and replace her with Warren. Just like the Democrats replaced her with Obama in 2008. So is the USA ready to go full blown, all out socialist with the Democrats? We all know that is what Obama and they want. Is it time to relinquish super power status for France status???

    August 12, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Eric

    Hilary, which side are you staying at? Dictatorship or "Change"?

    August 12, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Tony D

    Rudy NYC
    Tony D
    I can hardly wait to see Bill Clinton take on Obama as well. You know it is coming. Obama played the race card on him in 2008 and you know Obama is going to renege on their deal to back Hillary in 2016.
    ----------––
    Actually, it was Bill Clinton who played the race card by saying that Obama was going to fail just like Jesse Jackson did. Why the comparison to Jackson, and not someone else? Granted, Jackson didn't make a good candidate. He was a leader of minds, but not people, and so he faired poorly. They two men shared little in common aside form the color of their skin.
    --

    Wow! So that is all it takes for the lefties to brand one of their own a racist huh?! Bill Clinton, considered to be the first black president. Just wow.

    And Jesse Jackson a leader of minds??? Surely you jest. The guy has made living off of race baiting. He and Al Sharpton have created a major industry around race baiting and professional victimhood.

    August 12, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Gurgyl

    -do you want send our boots to SYRIA? Libya? Egypt? Or Ukraine? Nonsense. Do you know, now, this Nation can not afford a dime on Wars. Why not you ask your so-called congress to fix POT-HOLES ON OUR HIGHWAYS, BRIDGES, AIRPORTS? Did you ever go to LaGuardia Airport? It needs to have help. It needs good transport connecting to JFK. Do you know USA, at all. You are a frog in the well. Grow up. Nations are developing–while you bicker.

    August 12, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Silence DoGood

    After all the in-fighting and cheating between GOP and TP foil hats, the radical right is trying to establish the myth that liberals are nasty to each other too, but I think we can see past this story.

    August 12, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Dean

    Game of thrones...the red party.

    August 12, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. Silence DoGood

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House
    There's a reason why Obama is POTUS and Clinton is not. He voted against the Iraq War, she voted for it. That was the #1 issue which made me cast my vote for Obama. When it comes to the so called "Obama Doctrine," you call it what you want, but he's not starting unnecessary wars and he's listening to the will of the PEOPLE. We wanted out of Iraq, he's gotten us out of there. We want out of Afghanistan, he's getting us out of there! Americans are war wary and are sick and tired of being on a perpetual war footing.
    -----------–
    Ms.Clinton, like most Americans was trusting the Bush/Chaney reports and intelligence (did I just type Bush and intelligence?). We now see these to be lies, and they fooled many people at the time.

    August 12, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "So is the USA ready to go full blown, all out socialist with the Democrats? We all know that is what Obama and they want. "

    Name what Obama has done that was socialism. Go ahead...make a fool of yourself by putting your vacuous lack of knowledge about what socialism really is on full display.

    August 12, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Thomas

    She forgave her husband , why won't she forgive Monica Lewinsky ?

    We need Bill back in the West Wing .

    August 12, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "I told you yesterday the split is between progressives and traditional democrats."

    And you were wrong then too. You continue to be wrong. There is no internal tension in the Dem/liberal camp to match the all out internal warfare between the rabid RWNJ Teatroll base and the GOP "establishment" and more moderate conservatives. I know...you desperately want it to exist...but it really doesn't.

    August 12, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "I can hardly wait to see Bill Clinton take on Obama as well. You know it is coming. Obama played the race card on him in 2008 and you know Obama is going to renege on their deal to back Hillary in 2016.

    Bill Clinton's description of Obama as an amateur was an understatement. He tried to warn the country but we refused to believe him and we have now paid the price."

    You really do have a talent for creating your own little fantasy world, eh? A rich tapestry of internal delusional alternate reality manufacture. Obama will back her and he will take his amazing speaking talents and fundraising clout around the country helping her get elected. You will whine and complain and throw fits about it non-stop and I will laugh heartily at your discomfiture.

    August 12, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. Anonymous

    She will definitely remember yesterday that has ended her ambition. What a missed chance?

    August 12, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. smith

    @The Real Tom P- First, Im an Independent. Second, Obama started coups in all those countries and have plunged three of them into chaos( Egypt has recovered). We should have done nothing in those countries. Syria is the best example, we should have let Assad destroy ISIS instead of supporting those against Assad.

    August 12, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh come on now!
    NO ONE with any sense would heed Republican advice, even if they had any, which they don't.
    Why should Republicans be the exception.
    And if I may put a different spin on Wake Up's post: why should anybody listen to anything you have to say when you filibuster your own damn bill?!
    (Credit to Wake Up).

    August 12, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I told you yesterday the split is between progressives and traditional democrats."
    -----------------------------------------------------
    You've actually been pushing this false equivalent for the past couple of weeks.
    I definitely recall many of us on this thread pointing out to you that just because the Republican Party is imploding and fracturing into a million pieces does not mean that the same is occurring within the Democratic Party.
    So yes, smith, you remain as wrong today as you did last week.
    Your statement has no basis in fact.
    I guess the line about President Obama being a divider got worn out and folks need a new hook.

    August 12, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Republicans suck at Monday night quarterbacking, hard to do, but they've mastered this ne'er before seen feat.
    Their advice, therefore, is the stuff that swirls down the toilet with the toilet paper

    August 12, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    smith

    "don`t do stupid stuff". Yes, like Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine. H. Clinton is spot on, Obama`s foreign policy has been terrible.

    @Rudy- I told you yesterday the split is between progressives and traditional democrats. Issues like gun control, immigration, and foreign policy are big in the split.
    --------------------------------–
    It was all wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong? Okay, so tell us what should have been done. Here's some food for thought.

    Egypt. People were rioting in the streets against Morsi for freedom from a dictator.
    Libya. The Libyans overthrew Kadaffi, and set themselves up with a corrupt government.
    Syria. We took a vote in Congress to take action, and it didn't pass.
    Ukraine. Russia brought a 150,000 man mechanized force to the border in less than 48 hours.

    As for your split, your blowing things out of proportion. Now I recognize that disagreement with the hive mind of the right wing is a *major* issue, but not so much on the right. People are allowed to disagree, except if you're a conservative.

    August 12, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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