Obama to see Clinton after criticism of his foreign policy

EDGARTOWN Mass. Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:33pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq from his vacation compound at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts August 11, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the situation in Iraq from his vacation compound at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts August 11, 2014.

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EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will have a reunion with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday on Martha's Vineyard, days after the former top diplomat criticized the foreign policy vision of his administration.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, will attend a party hosted by Washington power broker Vernon Jordan, a Clinton friend, on the Massachusetts island, where the presidential family is spending a two-week vacation, a White House spokesman said.

Clinton will be on the island to promote her book, "Hard Choices," a memoir of her time as Obama's secretary of state.

"The president and first lady have accepted an offer to attend a social gathering at the home of Vernon Jordan on Wednesday evening," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

"(They) are very much looking forward to the occasion and seeing former Secretary Clinton."

Clinton, a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, distanced herself from Obama's foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic that was published on Sunday, saying it was a failure that the United States did not intervene early in the Syrian war.

She also took issue with Obama's slogan of "Don’t do stupid stuff" to describe his foreign policy thinking.

"Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle," she said in the interview.

Obama and Clinton were adversaries for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 but developed a close relationship when she served as his secretary of state.

They have seen each other a handful of times, sometimes for lunch at the White House, since she departed the administration in 2013.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason)

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Comments (7)
SaveRMiddle wrote:
100% Theater for dumb, naive Americans who think this is real. The political goal: To capture the Dem vote at any cost in 2014 and 2016 despite Obama’s low ratings.

Aug 12, 2014 3:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
moonhill wrote:
I’m sure Obama knows that Hillary is just trying to make herself look good for the upcoming campaign.

Aug 12, 2014 3:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Apparently, Mrs. Clinton is just itching to send US troops into harms way in the Middle East.

Never having served in a military unit, she will not be reluctant to show that she can be just as bellicose and just as counter-productive as any male US president… she would be what Junior Bush called a “war president”.

Obviously, Mrs. Clinton is wildly pro-Israel, her daughter married into a wealthy Jewish family; if Hillary Clinton becomes POTUS, she will be a loyal and docile vassal to the Israeli Prime Minister.

Aug 12, 2014 5:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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