President Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Clinton sat down together for a 60 Minutes interview, aired last night, that I’d say was approximately zero parts hard-hitting foreign-policy discussion and all parts mutually complementary chucklefest (marking the first time the president has sat down for a joint interview with anyone other than the FLOTUS, by the way):
Yes, we get it: You two are great buddies, you’ve enjoyed an [arguably, hem hem] successful foreign-policy working partnership throughout Obama’s first term, and everything between you personally and professionally is hunky-dory. Kirsten Powers, et al, were decidedly not impressed with the whole softball-lobbing spectacle on Fox News this morning, and also wondered — what does this level of all-too-friendly endorsement mean for Obama’s loyal vice president? Click the image to watch at RCP:
It was really something you would expect from like, the state-run media. It was that kind of level of propaganda as far as I’m concerned. … I can understand maybe in agreeing to the interview, letting them have maybe one softball question in the beginning and then move on to more important things. This was a joke. Just not challenging basic things like the president claiming that Hillary’s been a great secretary of state in part because they have dismantled Al Qaeda. Now, I’m sorry, is anyone paying attention to what’s going on in North Africa? Why is the president not asked about Algeria, Mali, Libya? These are front and center in the news right now.
Bonus, Politico has a handy roundup of Clinton’s evolved “will she run?” answers:
“I’ve said I really don’t believe that that’s something I will do again. I am so grateful I had the experience of doing it before.” — Dec. 12, 2012, in an interview with ABC News’ Barbara Walters.
“I am — thankfully, knock on wood — not only healthy but have incredible stamina and energy. I just wanna see what else is out there.” — asked in the same Walters’ interview if her health would prevent her from running.
“I think that, you know, look, obviously the president and I care deeply about what’s going to happen for our country in the future. And I don’t think, you know, either he or I can make predictions about what’s going to happen tomorrow or the next year.” — Jan. 27, in a joint interview with President Barack Obama on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”