President Obama requested the 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday night to publicly say "thank you" to departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Hillary described their relationship as "warm" and "close" while the President said he considered her a "strong friend." They nudged each other during conversation as friends do, they were conversational and their body language was relaxed and comfortable. And there was no shortage of compliments.
They discussed their bitter Democratic primary battle in 2008 and Hillary's hesitance accepting the Secretary of State job. She says that if she had won the presidency, she would have "desperately wanted him in her cabinet" so she couldn't very well justify saying no to his request. President Obama admitted that he needed her recognition to restore our place in the world. She is a trusted figure and America desperately needed her to repair all the damage George W. Bush did to the country's international standing. Nobody mentioned Bush by name, only the brief comment on the financial disaster "inherited" by President Obama when he took office.
The interviewer, Steve Croft, did ask about Benghazi. Hillary was asked if she had any regret about Benghazi. What is there to regret? Hopefully Hillary does run in 2016 and Senator Rand Paul should be so lucky to be her opponent after he ridiculously insulted and ridiculed her during the Benghazi testimony last week. Her response was spot on in her response to Paul when she explained why they have an independent review board, "to take it out of the hands of politics and partisanship and accusations." Both Rand Paul and John McCain used political grandstanding during the hearing. If they were interested in answers neither would have given such long speeches prior to their actual question attacking her personally, attacking her leadership abilities and referring to Benghazi as the "worst tragedy since 9/11." She handled the GOP attack dogs with her usual skill and grace.
It appears from the 60 Minutes interview that Hillary Clinton just might run for president in 2016 and she will have the full support of Barack Obama. The United States could benefit from a few more years of Democrat leadership. Has Benghazi hurt her political chances in 2016? Is her health going to be an issue? Or is her reputation stronger than ever?
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