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Clinton Backs Off

According to POLITICO, Hillary Clinton is reaching out to Obama to make sure he knows that she wasn't trying to distance herself from him. Even though we all know that she was and will continue to do so.

Hillary Clinton called President Barack Obama on Tuesday to “make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him” when she recently discussed her views on foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic, according to a statement from a Clinton spokesman.

The statement comes amid tension between the Clinton and Obama camps in the wake of the interview. It also comes as Obama and Clinton, his former secretary of state, are due to cross paths at a social gathering Wednesday night in Martha’s Vineyard.

In the interview, Clinton dismissed the Obama administration’s self-described foreign policy principle of “Don’t do stupid stuff.” And while she also praised Obama several times, Clinton nonetheless called his decision not to assist Syrian rebels early on a “failure.”

Earlier Tuesday, longtime top Obama aide David Axelrod took a swipe at Clinton on Twitter, writing: “Just to clarify: ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision.”

The statement from Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill noted that although Obama and Clinton have had disagreements, she has discussed these differences publicly before, including in her memoir, “Hard Choices.”

“Secretary Clinton was proud to serve with President Obama, she was proud to be his partner in the project of restoring American leadership and advancing America’s interests and values in a fast changing world,” said the statement, shared with POLITICO. “She continues to share his deep commitment to a smart and principled foreign policy that uses all the tools at our disposal to achieve our goals. Earlier today, the secretary called President Obama to make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership.

It continued: “Secretary Clinton has at every step of the way touted the significant achievements of his presidency, which she is honored to have been part of as his secretary of state. While they’ve had honest differences on some issues, including aspects of the wicked challenge Syria presents, she has explained those differences in her book and at many points since then. Some are now choosing to hype those differences but they do not eclipse their broad agreement on most issues. Like any two friends who have to deal with the public eye, she looks forward to hugging it out when ... they see each other tomorrow night.”

Clinton is walking a tightrope here. She wants to distance herself from this failure of a President, but she doesn't want to piss off team Obama too early in-case he goes looking for his own candidate.


A black teenager was shot the other day which of course means that President Obama has to comment on it. Well, I guess he only comments on these shootings when it's a white guy shooting a black guy and riots break out. According to POLITICO, Obama called the shooting of the 18-year-old "heartbreaking".

“The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking,” Obama said in his statement, adding that he and the first lady extend their condolences to Brown’s family.

Obama’s comments come a day after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a FBI investigation would be conducted into the death of the 18-year-old, which Holder said will include assistance from attorneys in the Justice Department’s civil rights division.

Brown, an unarmed black teen, was allegedly shot multiple times by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer following an altercation with the officer, the Associated Press reported.

Since Brown’s death, tensions have escalated in the St. Louis suburb, which Obama also acknowledged in his statement.

“I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding,” the president said.

He continued, “We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

Obama commenting on yet another shooting without having all the evidence. When was the last time Obama commented on the violence in Chicago? Or the victims of the knock-out game?

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