June 7th, 2009
09:45 AM ET
13 years ago

Clinton: Obama has 'absolutely' passed '3 a.m.' test

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/07/art.bohrc0607.gi.jpg caption=" Secretary of State Clinton described the president as strong, thoughtful, and decisive in an interview that aired Sunday.]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says President Obama has answered the central question that she raised about him when she was his chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In an interview with ABC's "This Week" broadcast Sunday, Clinton was asked about her famous "3 a.m." ad last year, which questioned whether Obama was the right candidate to handle a middle-of-the-night international crisis.

"Has the president answered it for you?" host George Stephanopoulos asked.

"Absolutely," Clinton replied. "And, you know, the president, in his public actions and demeanor, and certainly in private with me and with the national security team, has been strong, thoughtful, decisive, I think he is doing a terrific job. And it's an honor to serve with him."

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  1. RJ

    "May the words I speak today be soft and tender because I may have to eat them tomorrow"...Guess somebody didn't listen to that advice.

    June 7, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Olivia, Buffalo

    Hillary Clinton is so smart. As a woman I am so proud of her. She definitively one the biggest assets for Obama. Obama proved to have brains over his shoulders and he will be recognized as one of the greastest presidents of America. After Bush anyone would be better. Lucky us we have just not anyone but Obama and Clinton.

    June 7, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. MN gal who is glad she voted for Obama

    Before I got on board with Obama, I was a ardent Hillary supporter. She is a strong, smart woman who is doing a great job as our Secretary of State. Obama is doing a fantastic job given all he was handed on January 20th.
    For those of you also on the left (albeit extreme left by your statements) put your anger and distaste for Hillary aside. It would probably kill you to admit that she is the right person for the SoS job. So just zip it. We won the battle. Stay united. Otherwise your comments and actions make you no different than those on the right – ignorance and belligerence are qualities better left to those in the GOP.

    June 7, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Tracy-Oakley

    CTR, if we learned anything last year is that noone can muzzle Hillary Clinton...He is passing the 3 AM call, 4 AM call, 5 AM, 6 AM call. Great job Mr. President on speaking openly to the Muslim community and holding Isreal and Palestine to their agreement.

    June 7, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Anka

    Obama has not had any events to deal with that would require a 3 am call. If it was not for the Bush admimistration that took those 3 am calls – Obama would not have been able to sleep through the night as he has been.

    Funny how so early into Obama's term these types of stupid comments are made. Ah, I forgot – Democtrats need to pep rally on their imgained capacities to continue to draw the vote of the ignorant democratic voting citizens, so that they can have a chance to be on the considered on the next election.

    Give Obama time – without a doubt – though he is smart – he will screw up. Well, he already has – using your tax $ to go on a date with with ever appreciative to be an American wife – in NY. Obama is no messiah, he is no Lincoln. He is a non American born crook, who with empty words got himself elected to the white house with the vote of ignorant democratic voting citizens.

    The time to talk is after the term, just like when one takes a test. A passing or failing grade is not given until the test has been evaluated. Obama's test has just begun. So far, he has nothing to write home about and is not deservant of any predictions.

    This too shall pass. I just hope that the damage is not irrepairable.

    June 7, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Steve Lyone

    Obama is a con artist and an embarrassment to the US. He is systematically destroying the US Economy with bailouts, and takeovers that this country cannot afford. And he needs to get some humility, because he is NOT a god nor is he royalty. He needs to remember he came from a one night stand and a failed marriage. And he could start by admitting he's half white and NOT black.

    June 7, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. roberto

    Even though they had their differences during the election, I truly think the best man won HONESTLY this round. I am glad to see them get along and run this great country with common sense and not spew hate like some of the "others" are. We are grown-ups not kids. Act like one or show your ignorance.

    June 7, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. larry buchas


    You're doing a great job too. Thank God the Democratic Party is led by practical and competent people after eight years of isolation.

    June 7, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Hirotomi Takemitsu

    Hillary is very sneaky, but she might actually be telling the truth.

    Then again, she wouldn't publically bash her boss on TV in front of billions!

    I think she is two-faced, always ready with the knife behind the back.
    She's bidding her time until if she chooses to run again in 2016. She'd be nearly 70, but she'd probably be up for it.

    Then the real Hillary we saw last Summer will be out again. Slicing and dicing her old boss up and trhowing him to the jackals.

    THat's Hillary.

    June 7, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Ernie in LA

    I think that Hillary is playing the game and agreeing with her boss. I can not believe that she supports Obama in all she says she does. She just wants to keep her job. Had she been elected, things would be different.

    June 7, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Well said Secretary Clinton.

    June 7, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Joe

    I truly find it hard to believe that before noon on Sunday, there is already such a high level of cynicism and vitriol among just the people who read and comment on this board. It is little wonder that our leaders have a hard time governing. We, because of our lack of citizenship, make it an impossible task for them. It would do us all good if each and every day, we could remember how we felt on 9/11. Too bad, it takes our country being under attack to make us be civil in our dealing with one another when it comes to matters of governing our country.

    And we call ourselves proud Americans?

    June 7, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    The GOP had their sights set on Clinton when they thought she was going to win the Dem nomination in a walkover.

    But Obma came in and threw the GOP a curve.

    Those GOP folks who were yelling, "DEFEAT HILLARY!" should send Obama a thank you note.

    She was defeated.

    I think she is dong an excellent job as Secretary of State.

    And the GOP loses on two fronts! Ha! How do you like them apples?

    June 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. GOP Disaster

    There's an old saying keep your enemies close and that's what Obama is doing!

    June 7, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Wanza

    Obama/ Clinton!!! what a great combo. May God bless the USA. I am looking for a great future ahead for this planet.

    June 7, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Bill

    I believe if HRC had won the election we would see a level of leadership that Obama cannot deliver because of his lack of experience. Unfortunately, when Obama threw his hat in the ring, he defined the starting point as light years behind the Clinton's. Every time I see this guy on the tube he reminds me of a punk riding a tricycle. But he sure does like living the high life, romantic dinners in NYC while living in DC, dinner at the Eiffel Tower. The man has an issue with priorities. I thought it was particularly ugly reading their private/public spats in the media this week. Very un-Presidential.

    June 7, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Lynn

    Two adversies that go through the same conflicts sometimes do become the closest of allies. This has happened to Pres. Obama and Sec Clinton and they both got the job they are suited for.

    I applaud two people who truly have put country first by burying past wounds and finding "common ground". It is unfortunate the fossils in the Congress on both sides of the political arena couldn't do the same thing.

    June 7, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Emma

    Clinton and Obama are a terrific team. We are so lucky to have people of that calibre at the top after the 8 dismal years of mediocrity.

    June 7, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. The Bu

    I think Hillary Clinton is also doing a terrific job. She is part of a team and she fully understands that. And I think this team is doing everything within its power to make things better for all Americans.

    Obama/Biden '08 & '12

    Clinton/Clinton '16 & '20

    June 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. wynema

    What 3:00 test would she be talking about????
    All Obama has done for this country is apologize for us and put us in tremendous debt. He campaigned on not taxing health benefits and now he is open to it. No pork barrel spending, but there were 2000 of them or more in the stimulous package. You want to save the polar bears yet you liberals don't mind killing babies. I do not understand you. Those of you hailing and worshipping Obama must be nuts!

    June 7, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. ib

    Liberals are dumb if they think Obama is doing a good job. He is destroying this country with his spending and gov. controll of everything and Hillary fits right along with him. Obama doesn't care what happens as long as he takes controll of everything. I've worked for everything I have with no gov. handouts; only those that think the gov. owes them everything are supporting this so called president. I've learned to spew hate from the best; liberals have showed me the way the past few years and I would be saying the same thing about Obama if he was a republican. I wonder how many liberals would be taking up for him if he was a republican????

    June 7, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. D. Tree

    We are lucky to have 3 of the top contenders from the Democratic primary serving together in this administration. Our country has called upon us to all work together toward rebuilding our economy and leadership on the international stage.

    June 7, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. Rick not committed to any faith

    Clinton and Obama are a great team. They both back track on campaign promises. The sheeple of the United States deserve them.

    June 7, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Totally Controlled

    Hillary is totally under his control, right where he wanted her, after everything her team said about Obama during the election, for her to accept this position and allow herself to be muzzled by the likes of Obama, only proves that she would and has sold her soul for a political position.

    The 3 AM call, has not happened under Obama and if it does we are in for a rude awaking.

    June 7, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. DEA

    She also slammed Bush last year for "begging" Saudi's to lower oil prices. Will she also retract that statement since Obama is now over there doing the same thing as oil prices continue to rise during this Democrat policy caused recession?

    June 7, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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