August 12th, 2014
08:09 AM ET
6 years 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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  1. Rudy NYC


    @The Real Tom P- First, Im an Independent.
    Sorry,but "independent" is not an ideology. Seeing how you put as much distance between yourself and the "moderate" label, and seeing how you have a distinct right wing bias, that leaves only one place on the political landscape for you. You're a right wing extremist on most major issues.

    August 12, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    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.
    You branded him a racist, not me, just now. Do you think we're as stupid as the right wing base?

    August 12, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Chipster

    I don't believe there is anything shocking here. A good manager will always choose staff members who bring different perspectives and experiences to the table. Ultimately, it's the person at the top who makes the final decision but, if a manager has a staff that just nods "Yes" to every idea and opinion, they really don't need a staff.

    August 12, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Longtimer

    How can anyone take this situation as some grand deviation? Especially our friends on the Right. They blew up Iraq- for no good reason whatsoever. Any problems we have there tie directly to Bush and the Neocons.

    If you want to wreck something- calling the GOP might be a great idea. Otherwise, not so much.

    August 12, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. yolanda

    @Real, wasn't there serious lobbying for supplying the early, more moderate Syrian rebel group(s) with arms? Wasn't there a "red line" that was crossed? do you think that Putin felt emboldened by the fact that he effectively brokered the chemical weapons deal in Syria and saw the US fail to stand by it's word on the "red line"? Yes, Obama has gotten the US out of Iraq (for the moment) and is getting the US out of Afganistan. Both are commendable actions. I believe that the US could and should have been more demonstrative in it's reaction and actions in Egypt, Iran (nuclear deadline fiasco), and Syria....oh, and Israel/Gaza. There are many many levels of engagement and pressure between posturing and military engagement. Clinton very successfully demonstrated this in Bosnia. It is depressing to se how aggressively negative comments are on here to anything/anyone who suggests that the US, under it's current administration, could not have improved upon it's actions/positions It is also depressing to see the comments that lay all of the problems at this administration's feet. Simply put, it is absurd to place al of the blame on either Bush or Obama. We as a country have managed to wrong-foot the entire Mid-East scene through the actions and inaction of a number of administrations.

    August 12, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    @smith, Obama did not start coups in any of those countries. Remember the Arab Spring, that started as a result of a man in Tunisia immolating himself over the lousy way of life he had under a dictatorship? Apparently you have re-written history, yet again, to bolster your argument that Obama is THE source of evil and misfortune in the world. The Egyptian military was the decisive in ousting Mubarak, not the US. Libya and Syria were the result of people saying they had had enough of Quadafi and Assad and took matters into their own hands All the US did was provide logistical support. and that is somehow " starting a coup"? Ask your conservative friends on how to start a coup, since they have far more experience at it . It was Assasd's tactical decision to focus on the Free Syria forces and ignore ISIS that has led to this current problem, combined with the fact that the Right was not willing to let Obama assist anyone. Btw, are you comfortable with the people Assad has killed to stay in power?Do you like the potential slaughter of Yazidis at the hand so ISIS? You have never demonstrated a willingness to do anything but blame, so evidently you are. As far as you being an " independent", please stop with that farce. You have not demonstrated an independent thought for some time on anything.

    August 12, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. smith

    @Sniffit- Rudy, Silence and yourself can say the split is a myth but in the end you three sound like three Republicans trying to deny the split in their party.

    August 12, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    "don`t do stupid stuff". Yes, like Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine. H. Clinton is spot on, Obama`s foreign policy has been terrible
    And why is that smith?
    Is it because we did NOT put boots on the ground even though the Republicans were frothing at the mouth (that's the step AFTER foaming) demanding that we send our men and women out to yet another country to involve ourselves directly into somebody else's business that doesn't even want us there?
    I'm surprised at you smith because if my memory serves me correct you have served (thank you for your service) our country.
    I don't know any vets that would like to see us involved in armed conflict.
    The smith that I know is on vacay I think.

    August 12, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    @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.

    I don't know, smith. That "split" you keep talking about? All things considered, it is no more a big deal now than it was in 2008. Hillary stepped up to the plate then, and I would suggest Obama will be called upon to do the same. All this fodder you keep repeating day after day is nothing but the right wing trying to throw a few mud pies out in hopes of distancing themselves from their own inter-political party woes: lack of GOP direction; lack of GOP vision; lack of GOP leadership; and lack of public interest in the GOP.

    August 12, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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