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. Juliet, AZ

    He is the only one to stay on and tackle the problems created by his predecessor(s) – that's leadership as well as toughness.
    The opposition created a chart of his Healthcare Reform ..... how about asking them to CHART how the ECONOMIC crisis came about and NAVIGATE their way to solve it? This is should be easy after the FACT.

    July 26, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. george - nj

    President Obama has a lot more on the ball then that loser George W. Bush. Here are Bush's successes during his 8 eight years in office: letting 9/11 happen on his watch; Iraq; Katrina; CIA coverup; wiping out a federal surplus upon entering office; giving tax cuts to the richest Americans; ignoring health care reform; changed bankruptcy laws favoring banks and credit card companies; tapping our phone lines and computers in the name of national security; Patriot Act; approved torture; father of our economic meltdown; presided over the most arrogant and corrupt administration in U.S. history; spat on the U.S. Constitution; etc. Yeah, what a great president he was.

    July 26, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Brian- Palm Bay, FL

    Hillary is ruthlessly ambitious. She dreams about being President one day. She knows Biden is weak and she is just waiting for her time to come. Nice throwing the sex card in at the last. She just can't take the fact that she is a terrible "on the stump" politician and the American people preferred a one term Senator.

    July 26, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Robert, Miami, FL

    Hillary has shown some professionalism and class in her remarks. She has graduated from campaign rhetoric and gives the person who won the difficult job his due, as it should be.

    July 26, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. alvino

    The right wing nuts and the party of "No!" are going to have a long 7 and a half years. As the country recovers economically and diplomatically from Bush and Cheney 'Cowboy Diplomacy', it won't matter who the GOP puts up in 2012.

    The motto of the GOP is, "WE GOT NOTHING!"

    July 26, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Joe

    By reflecting back, we have to admit that Hillary has the best intelligence and forsights during 2008 presidential campaign. Everything Hillary said about ,or predicted on, Obama became the reality only 6 months after election. Yes, "HOPE and CHANGS" we believed in with the election of Obama. He reveals his true color now. In domestic policies, Obama is a socialist and a reckless big government spender and high tax and deficit liberal, all miles left to the mainstream Americans. In international policies, all he has done are so many apologizing tours and kowtowing to our enemies and foes, and weakening our national security. OB is "so intelligent" that he can not even make a coherent speech without a telepompter. No wonder the telepomter is now crashed to earth and so are our hope and changes Obama promised.

    July 26, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Peter

    What I took from this is that Hillary has the diplomacy and presence of mind that Obama doesn't, and that we should have kept our heads elected her. Get this loser out.

    July 26, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Andreas

    You guys are laughable, only an American right winger would think that they are Gods gift to the world lol.
    Nothing to apologize for huh! I know of countless Innocent bystanders of our 'holy' endeavors around the world that had to pay with their lives. When do you people think that at least an apology is in order?!
    What our president is apologizing for is YOUR stupidity not his, grow up and try to not always apply your small minded thinking to world affairs.

    July 26, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. minnie

    Let me make this clear as OB would say. as he wrote in his book
    I will always take the side of Islam!!!!!!! Now what about that.

    July 26, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    There's an old expression that applies here:

    "Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer!"

    July 26, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Selene

    I know this is SO off topic..but, when are the majority of contributors to these comments going to learn how to spell??? The fact that so many of you call Obama and Hillary stupid makes me laugh. You don't even have the sense to proof read what you've typed. You are the ones that make Americans look like idiots...not those in the WH.

    July 26, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. sandra

    Amen to Henry Miller. Nancy Pelosi is running the show and BO is squirming at the sidelines. He can't get anybody on board anymore......what's a 'tough guy' to do?? Lead, you poor excuse!

    Unless we get some mature, constitutionally-founded leadership soon.......we're going to be Europe on a larger scale.

    July 26, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Bob from Dallas

    Hopefully after the impeachment on Obama being non-US born she will reconsider.

    July 26, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. reggie, va

    At least he is not pullind a palin , like your St. sarah is doing

    July 26, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. The Deficit Speaking

    Your are right Hillary...Obama fired Walpin when his buddy was investigated and Obama insulted every cop in America when his buddy was arrested. He is pretty tough, Chicago thug style.

    July 26, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. MaryanneAZ

    It is my opinion that President Obama is going to replace VP Biden with HRC for his 2012 run. It will forestall a primary contest as the team will be deemed unbeatable. It will position the Dems to keep the WH in 2016. It will allow HRC an opportunity to finally become the first woman president. It will give President Obama a leg up among voters who are wishy-washy in their support of him. The 18 million plus voters who support HRC will vote him in so that she has her opportunity to run in 2016. All good things. All good things.

    July 26, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. freeman

    Hilary I respect you even more. And to those who think McCain would have been a better President , God help you! Paline in 2012? Heaven help the American people!

    July 26, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. freeman

    Hilary I respect you even more. And to those who think McCain would have been a better President , God help you! Palin in 2012? Heaven help the American people!

    July 26, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. No Hillary = No Obama

    Clinton has character and class. She suffered the insults and the loss. Obama was the media darling and that's why he won. Obama can't hold a candle to Clinton – never could, never will. He just so full of himself.

    July 26, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. joco, NH

    I think that President Obama is doing a great job and one of the best things he did was to make Senator Clinton the new Sec. of State.
    If everyone here paid attention to exactly how many things have been accomplished in a short amount of time then they would probably be eating their words.

    July 26, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Karina

    I always saw America as a beautiful and proud nation , admired your patriotism and was impressed with your free spirited and fairminded ways.
    So what happened ??
    You have allowed people into power who slowly but steadily are destroying your country from within.
    After two terms with Bush one would have thought that you would have looked for a leader with experience and substance.
    Congress and Senate are full of selfserving people which have been proven to be tax evaders , cheats , liars and many have been involved in shady deals and yet you allow them to carry on and make important decisions for you .
    In civilian street they would be out of a job.
    Why do you put up with this and where is your outrage.

    July 26, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Bpin

    Oh come on! I would have expected her to talk about how sorry he was. If she is going to challange him again, the rubs are going to have to start at some point. With Slick Willy by her side, she will find a crafty way

    July 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Hammerer

    Anyyone that would favor a bill that would euthanize the handicapped and the elderly is not tough, they are evil!

    July 26, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Annie, Atlanta

    cris – Obama as a "complete and utter failure" a whole 6 months into the job? Seriously? What do you call Bush, then? Successful? Yeah, like in successful in sinking us, successful? What total nonsense. Give him another 7.5 years, then you can judge. In the meantime stop with the bogus GOP talking points, you sound stupid.

    Hillary, by the way, is brilliant, and I'm glad she's on the team.

    July 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. JRS

    I see Obama say 1 thing and when there is an Up-roar go the other way....The Guy has NO clue what he is doing except spend,spend,spend...My kids grand-children will be footing the bills he is runing up....Hilary...NO way...NO how...She is looked at as a Joke around the World......We used to have a Great Country to be proud of....NOT laughed at...sad

    July 26, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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