July 26th, 2009
03:23 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton: Obama has proven his toughness, international savvy

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/26/art.hrcbo0726.gi.jpg caption="I think his performance in office has been incredible, Secretary of State Clinton said of President Obama."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton is convinced.

After questioning Barack Obama's international savvy and toughness while campaigning against him last year, the secretary of state said Sunday she has seen plenty of both from the president so far.

"Those were appropriate issues to raise in the campaign," Clinton said Sunday on the NBC program "Meet the Press." She went on to declare: "I'm here to say that I think his performance in office has been incredible."

Asked specifically about her campaign criticisms, Clinton said, "I don't feel them at all" anymore.

She also said she has "moved on" from her loss to Obama in a hard-fought Democratic primary contest.

Last week in Asia, Clinton responded to a question about her presidential ambitions by saying she wasn't thinking about it now.

"I have absolutely no belief in my mind that is going to happen," she said Sunday of another possible presidential campaign. Clinton also acknowledged that the challenges facing a woman running for president are "daunting."

Updated: 1:16 p.m.

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soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Peace

    I am very much impressed the way Pres. Obama is very talented to extinguish political fires when they do occur. From the Rev. Wright issue, lipstick on a pig comment, the pirates issue in east Africa, and now the Prof. Gates issue!

    July 26, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Aunt Bea and Opie

    We will vote for President Obama for a third term when we change the law in 2014.The right will be so out numbered by then,they will all live in Alabama.

    July 26, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. Keith in Austin

    Obama' Foreign Policy Savvy:
    Apologizing for America throughout the world, bowing to Muslim Kings, rubbing elbows with Norriega and Castro,sitting idly by while Iranian citizens were dying in the streets fighting for their liberty,praising. European socialism by desperately trying to enact similar legistration in the U.S. This President is a miserable, slick talking joke!

    July 26, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Marty, FL

    Great interview today from Hillary Clinton on "Meet the Press." She is part of an intelligent, savvy, and tough team in this administration. What a welcome change!

    July 26, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. annie for Palin

    bo is a complete and total failure at international policy. Going around the world apologizing for America (after all the aid and assistance it has over the yrs. given to other countries) is a total sign of weakness and complete inability to understand the workings of the world. Actually under the constitution, he could be impeached for these comments. No wonder why the bo administration and the demon-crats are so intent on destroying our constitution.

    July 26, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Mich

    If saying I'm sorry for EVERYTHING is savvy then I agree. This guys puts the United States in poor light. Obama lives in a country that should be above the crowd not below it. Still fooling the dum down american public.

    July 26, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. nan

    Hillary Clinton should be our President right now. The powers within the democratic party stopped this from happening. She had the most votes. Now she is in a position supporting Obama. I am happy for her and for our country and the world that she is in that position because she is such an outstanding leader. For the few short months Hillary has been SoS, she and the Obama administration have made a tremendous impact – after the do-nothing, ill-fated and disgusting leadership of Bush/Cheney. I am proud to be a life-supporter of Hillary Clinton.

    July 26, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. chris

    Does Hillary think that being Obama's head cheerleader will win points with the American people?

    Now, we are watching Obama becoming a complete and utter failure and she will be going down with the ship.

    Frankly, I credited her with more nerve to speak up against the stupid actions of Obama.

    July 26, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. usualone

    Her point on MTP today that she and President Obama can and do work together is refreshing, and not surprising. They shine together as a team and only will get stronger as they work together through the years. Nice to see such intelligent people united with the same goal. America won by getting them both in office.,,in their current capacities.

    July 26, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Steve. NC

    Marty, right on !! I watched Hillary on" Meet the Press". She was brilliant and a breath of fresh air. She has, indeed, moved on and has become a Secy. of State we can be proud of.

    July 26, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. virginia nielsen

    President Obama choice of Mrs. Clinton was perfect as she is a "real american" ! She is aware of his real and honest intentions e she has been great, strong and very diplomatic ! And I'm very impressed with our President performance in his first six months, making the Congress WORK and justify why they were elected. Great job America !!!

    July 26, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Joe Publicini

    Clinton's words are filled with incompetency just like the administration. For those who have been following the Honduras events, they would understand.

    July 26, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. David Jones

    Obama has not gone around apologizing. Produce a single example if you can. Instead, he has suggested he would rather work in concert with others instead of dictating the actions of others as had been the case with the Bush Administration. And, for those who say he has not done anything yet, do you think the elections in Lebanon and Iran would have occurred if Bush was still in office?

    July 26, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Grrr-awful-o

    Looks like Hillary has found her voice...

    July 26, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Jerry

    Obama is a great one , watch the polls go into a spiral the next couple weeks after he offered some advice to the police. My unborn grand children are already in debt because he is so great. He should have been impeached for bowing to the muslims because he is so great.

    July 26, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. mike

    This administration is a joke.

    July 26, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. 60's survivor

    Obama is correcting many mistakes made in US Policies of the past and rightly so. those who think this is a mistake go crawl back under your respective rocks!! you will never get it with your stoneage politics. Obama inherited a mess and despite all of the party of No trying at every turn to trip him up. he continues to try to do the right thing for the middle class whether some of them understand it or not.

    July 26, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Stephanie

    My bet reading exactly the same points from people against the president are either writing from the same talking points or are the same two or three individuals posting under different names.

    July 26, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Chris

    While Obama talks and talks and talks ....... our enemies are building Nuclear bombs, testing Nuclear bombs, and issuing threats against us and our allies every day. Just what do you think will actually happen when they convince theirselves that Obama is all talk and no action? We can talk nicely about Obama (especially since the media support him so much that you can't get the real truth even about his birth certificate), but in the end our enemies actions will tell us all just how tough they think he is won't they? LIke Carthage, like Rome, so goes America if we don't revert back to the good leadership of the past Presidents prior to the 60's.

    July 26, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Ollie, Huntsville, Al.

    It takes a team to get the messes and pits the Bush administration left us all to face and the President said it would take some time. They can not get it done over night, it was eight years of keeping OUR eyes close and enjoying spending what we did not have. So set back and pay for it, stop blaming the new people in power. Set back and wait,little late to voice your opinions.

    July 26, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Jacob

    It's amazing how Republicans have been reduced to nothing more than a bunch of people running around pretending to be "shock jocks," dehumanizing liberals and spewing hate.

    July 26, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Gerry

    I know what he has done to led us – bankrupt the country – bought a few automobike companies and further bankrupt the country – going to take over health care and bankrupt us further, He has created Czar's. I thought that Czar's got rid of everyone that said no to them.

    July 26, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. J Robinson

    "Yeah he's savvy alright, anyone who answers a question with "I don't know all the facts" but of course I side with the black man. Wow, that was a smart answer, he just told a lot of Americans I don't represent you."
    Yep, this is not going away anytime soon. Just like you needed to cut loose J Wright, you will find it necessary to cut loose Gates. He is old school, confrontational and racist. He turned MLK's ideas around into a sefl-serving con game that got him a full professorship at Harvard. It's exploitation of the highest order.

    July 26, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. landon

    Go Hill!!!

    July 26, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. George Washington

    CNN sure does a great job of supporting President Obama with the country's best interest in mind. Is Tehran funding your news editors? Obama just started, and you haven't brains to not start harping about 2012 already?

    July 26, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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