The 60 Minutes interview with Obama and Clinton aired on January 27, 2013. CBS, at their website, described the interview this way:
There are few people we think we know more about than President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and everyone has an opinion about their politics, their marriages and a rivalry that is one of the richest in American history.
On Friday, we had the opportunity to sit down with the two of them side by side. The White House offered us 30 minutes, barely enough time to scratch the surface of their complicated personal and professional relationship, let alone discuss their policies on Iran and Israel, Russia and China, Egypt and Libya. There has been much speculation about their evolution from bitter opponents to partners in the corridors of power and the motivation for doing this interview. Now, you can be the judge.
Thank you for that invitation to be the judge. Allow me to state for the record that Hillary Clinton is a woman who continues to be so attracted to power that she is willing to lie for it and equally willing to serve as an accomplice to other liars.
During the primaries, in the run-up to the 2008 general election, Christopher Hitchens wrote a piece for Slate entitled, The Case Against Hillary Clinton. You really should read it.
But let’s not take the Hitchens’ assessment as our sole reason for the pejorative of liar when describing Hillary.
Carl Bernstein, yes that Bernstein, revealed in a March 26, 2008 opinion piece at the Puffington Host that:
“Hillary Clinton has many admirable qualities, but candor and openness and transparency and a commitment to well-established fact have not been notable among them. The indisputable elements of her Bosnian adventure affirm (again) the reluctant conclusion I reached in the final chapter of A Woman In Charge, my biography of her published last June:
"Since her Arkansas years [I wrote], Hillary Rodham Clinton has always had a difficult relationship with the truth... [J]udged against the facts, she has often chosen to obfuscate, omit, and avoid. It is an understatement by now that she has been known to apprehend truths about herself and the events of her life that others do not exactly share." [italics added]
Her record as a public person is replete with "misstatements" and elisions and retracted and redacted and revoked assertions...
Returning to the 60 Minutes interview Clinton said, "I certainly am grateful for the president's steady hand and hard questions and thoughtful analysis on what we should and shouldn't do." She described their relationship as "very warm, close."
"I think there's a sense of understanding that sometimes doesn't even take words," she said. "We have similar views, similar experiences that I think provide a bond that may seem unlikely to some, but really has been at the core of our relationship over the past four years."
Such an astonishing love-in would have seemed unimaginable in 2008, when Obama and Clinton were locked in a brutal, bruising primary battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The 60 Minutes interview aired on the fifth anniversary of the weekend Obama handily defeated Clinton in the South Carolina primary. That contest followed a particularly nasty leadup, when Bill Clinton angered African-Americans in the state when the former president, campaigning for his wife, described Obama's candidacy as a "fairy tale."
Many of the most incendiary rumors about Obama, including long disproven allegations that he's a Muslim and was born in Kenya, were propagated by Clinton supporters in 2008.
But what a difference four years, and a key cabinet position, has made between Obama and the woman who once derided him as woefully unprepared for the White House.
Given the slobbering praise in this ridiculous so-called “interview”, the Preezy of the United Steezy and Hilla The Hun need to wipe their mouths. There’s still a tiny bit of bullshit around their lips.
The day after the chucklefest, while appearing on Fox News's America's Newsroom, left-leaning contributor Kirsten Powers said:
“…it really was something you would expect from like the state-run media. You know, it was that kind of level of propaganda as far as I'm concerned. First of all, 60 Minutes was transparently being used as a campaign advertisement, which, you know, if they're okay with that that, then okay but, I…”
“Well, I can understand maybe agreeing to the interview, asking, letting them have like maybe one softball question in the beginning, and then move on to more important things. But the reality is, this was a joke. I mean it really was.”
“You look at it, and even, 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, it’s just, is anyone paying attention to what’s going on in North Africa? Why is the President not asked about Algeria, Mali, Libya?”
“I mean, you know, these are front and center in the news right now. And the next question after he says this is, “I have to ask you: what's the date of expiration of this endorsement?”
“That's his follow-up question to the President saying that al Qaeda has been dismantled.”
“…the other thing is that probably the first half pf the interview, it’s just old news. We already know how the Secretary of State was chosen. We already know about the back and forth. This already has been reported on. This is not new information like he was getting new insight into how this came about and how they got over their relationship. I mean, it really was just a campaign endorsement.”
A little bit later, Powers tweeted this:
Alarming that President Obama seems to think that the sucking up that CBS did was journalism, but Fox News is the problem.
— kirsten powers (@kirstenpowers10) January 28, 2013