President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might have been adversaries on the 2008 campaign trail but the POTUS had high praise for his Cabinet member on Friday. During a taping for 60 Minutes, Obama complimented Clinton on a job well done, reports the Daily News.
“I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say thank you, because I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest Secretaries of State we’ve had,” Obama said in the rare TV spot — the first time he’s done a joint interview with anyone besides his wife, Michelle, since reaching the White House.
The interview — which was excerpted Friday and will be aired in full on Sunday — is a testament to the strength of the Obama-Clinton alliance that was forged following their bitter Democratic primary campaign in 2008.
“In politics and in democracy, sometimes you win elections and sometimes you lose elections,” Clinton said, recounting what she’s told people the world over about the “improbable” alliance. “And I worked very hard and lost. And then President Obama asked me to be Secretary of State and I said yes. And why did I say yes? Because we both love our country.”
Read more at the Daily News.