Darn, we were all so much more entertained reading about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sniping at each other! But alas, it was short-lived. Hillary knows she has a long road to go before 2016 comes around, so it does her no good to start fights with the sitting POTUS. On the other hand, she still has to find some way to separate her record in the State Department from that of the overall Obama Doctrine. If she can’t find a way to do that gracefully, she may find herself in deeper trouble than she caused with that “dead broke” gaffe.
Here’s the original quote Hillary delivered to The Atlantic that got her in so much hot water with Team Obama:
“The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad—there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle—the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled … Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”
Those remarks, in turn, resulted in President Obama losing his cool during a private meeting with lawmakers…and telling Senator Bob Corker that Hillary’s criticism was “horseshit,” especially her implication that arming the Syrian rebels would have yielded better results. Yeah, he was angry about that one, as was David Axelrod, who tweeted his dismay.
Ironically, back in 2012, Hillary herself was dismissive of arming the rebels too:
In other words, Obama and Rodham shared the exact same view in those days. But today she’d rather just chalk it up to being a patriot…you know, and rewrite history while she’s at it. Actually, I think that’s what “Living History” is all about.
In the meantime, Hillary is now doing her best to patch things up with Barack, just in time for an ill-conceived party in the Vineyard. Here’s part of the statement a Clinton spokesman issued on Tuesday:
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. 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. Some are now choosing to hype those differences, but they do not eclipse their broad agreement on most issues.
The same statement went on to insist that Hillary will “hug it out” with Barack on Martha’s Vineyard tonight…you know, just to show that Team Hillary is hip to the Entourage references years after the show ended.
So unfortunately, this battle ended with a whimper. But likely not for long. Something tells me when the going gets rough for HRC, we’ll be seeing a bit of this righteous indignation return:
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