President Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showered each other with praise in a joint interview broadcast on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday night. Obama said at the outset of the interview that he wanted to sit down with Clinton to publicly thank her for her role at the State Department.
"I think everybody understands that Hillary's been, you know, one of the most important advisers that I've had on a whole range of issues," Obama said. "Hillary's capacity to travel around the world, to lay the groundwork for a new way of doing things, to establish a sense of engagement that, you know, our foreign policy was not going to be defined solely by Iraq, that we were going to be vigilant about terrorism, but we were going to make sure that we deployed all elements of American power, diplomacy, our economic and cultural and social capital, in order to bring about the kinds of international solutions that we wanted to see. I had confidence that Hillary could do that."
Clinton described her relationship with the President as "warm, very close."
"I think there's a sense of understanding that, you know, sometimes doesn't even take words because we have similar views," Clinton added. "We have similar experiences that I think provide a bond that may seem unlikely to some, but has been really at a core of our relationship over the last four years."
The two sidestepped questions on whether the interview amounted to an endorsement of a potential 2016 presidential bid for Clinton. Obama told CBS' Steve Kroft that the press is "incorrigible," after getting one of the 2016 questions. "I was literally inaugurated four days ago. And you're talking about elections four years from now."
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