No word on hug, Clinton says all's good with Obama
August 13th, 2014
05:55 PM ET
6 years ago

No word on hug, Clinton says all's good with Obama


Vineyard Haven, Mass. (CNN) – The foreign policy rift between Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama that played out publicly this week was not enough to ruin the birthday party of a mutual friend.

She may have sharply chastised his foreign policy this week, but all remains well between Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, the former secretary of state insisted, and the two were happy to spend time together, along with 150 other guests, in Martha's Vineyard Wednesday at a party thrown by longtime friend Vernon Jordan for his wife Ann.

The President and First Lady, Clinton and former President Bill Clinton feasted on "surf and turf" at the island resort where, according to the White House, "a good time was had by all."

But there was no word on a hug.

After an interview in which Clinton questioned some of Obama’s policy choices was published over the weekend, both politicians’ staffs said the two were looking forward to catching up – and “hugging it out” – on the Massachusetts’ island resort.

Clinton, speaking Wednesday at a book signing for her memoir “Hard Choices,” said she couldn’t wait.

“We’re looking forward to it,” she said of the hotly anticipated embrace.

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Asked by CNN whether it was indeed a “hard choice” to phone Obama this week, a call meant to explain her interview wasn’t meant as an attack, Clinton said no.

“We are committed to the values and the interests and the security of our country together,” Clinton said. “We have disagreements, as any partners and friends might very well have. But I am proud that I served for him and with him, and I am looking forward to seeing him tonight.”

Earlier in the day, the White House described Obama and Clinton’s relationship as “close and resilient.”

“We are looking onwards and upwards,” Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said in a briefing from Martha’s Vineyard.

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Filed under: 2016 • Foreign Policy • Hillary Clinton • President Obama
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Lizzie

    You are right, Hillary will be President and you get Bill to help her, that's Two for the price of one, just keep your daughters FAR away from him. The press will praise her glory and omit her shortcomings, just like with Pres.Obama.

    August 14, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I am just going to sit back and bask in the warmth of your FIRE!!!!"


    August 14, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Creed

    “Oh Barry, I’m sorry I made you look bad, I don’t know what I was thinking”

    “Oh it’s all good, just say some nice stuff about me later, and I’ll still help you with your election; and I won’t tell people the truth about you”

    “Thanks Barry, you’re the best”, “No Hillary, you’re the best, now give me a hug a smile at the camera”

    Meanwhile, Rome burns.

    August 14, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    "Also Hillary will be damn near on her knees for President Obama if she decides to run. She needs his help and she knows he can deliver the votes. I realize the GOPT is split but don't worry about us Democrats, we're good."
    What does she need Obama for? All I ever read here is that she's a shoo-in if she runs. Or is it that she's not as inevitable as we're made to believe? Pick your poison.

    August 14, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. david ochami

    It will be perilous for Attila The Hen to occupy that office.

    August 14, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. phillip barker

    Hillary never liked or respected Obama, and obviously is reading his declining popularity as an opportunity to throw him under the bus. She is the consummate politician, and walk the fence relative to Obama so as not to offend the "Obama acolytes", but she will also be courting the "center" which is increasingly convinced that Obama is an ineffective and indecisive President.

    August 14, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. SimplyPut

    If this frump becomes our next President, we are going to need more than a plunger to pull the country out of the toilet drain.

    August 14, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Nancyann

    She is the most unscrupulous and disingenuous politician to come down the pike in a very very very long time.

    August 14, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Mason

    After she tosses him under the Bus, comes the Judas Kiss! This women will say anything for 2016!

    August 14, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. SCBAMA

    She took care of Barak like Bill Monica took care of Bill. Problem solved. Physical apology.

    August 14, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "She took care of Barak like Bill Monica took care of Bill. Problem solved. Physical apology."

    Ooooh, that kinda talk is going to be a real winner for the Teatrolls in 2016....go makes some posters of it'll be glorious....I promise....

    August 14, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. NotbuyingBS

    This is hilarious! these two are two lying snakes in the grass and smile at each other but would cut each other's throat in a minute.

    August 14, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Oh Fair, she needs the black vote therefore she needs President Obama. Blacks automatically love Bill but Hillary is not Bill. Not that the GOPT is going to get the black vote. So maybe you're right, maybe she doesn't need him but she'd be unwise to not use him. If you remember after Mitt lost even the GOP said they would use the Obama campaign strategy. Just saying...

    August 14, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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