Hillary calls Obama to clarify Syria remarks

Washington - Hillary Clinton, a likely Democratic contender for the White House in 2016, called President Barack Obama on Tuesday to clarify that controversial remarks she made in an interview were not intended to attack him, her spokesperson said.

In an interview published by The Atlantic magazine on Sunday, former Secretary of State Clinton identified the US choice not to intervene early in Syria's civil war as a "failure".

"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", Clinton spokesperson Nick Merrill said in a statement.

"While they've had honest differences on some issues, including aspects of the wicked challenge Syria presents, she has explained those differences in her book and at many points since then."

Clinton, also a former first lady and senator from New York, served as Obama's secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Since then she has been touring the country giving a series of lucrative speeches and promoting her memoir, Hard Choices.

She will be on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, to sign copies of her book on Wednesday. Obama is vacationing there, and the two are expected to see each other on Wednesday night.

"Like any two friends who have to deal with the public eye, she looks forward to hugging it out when they see each other tomorrow night", Merrill said.

Clinton has not said whether she will run for president, but she is regarded as the favourite to win the Democratic nomination. Therefore each of her public statements has been scrutinized as a possible reflection of her potential campaign platform.

While these comments were Clinton's clearest effort at distancing herself from the White House, she has been subtly creating space between her own record and Obama's for months. The June release of Hard Choices also provided her with a chance to note her differences with the president.

In the book she specifically identified Obama's decision not to arm moderate Syrian rebels as a point of contention while she was at the state department.

Kobus Hattingh 2014/08/13 11:44:41 AM
Hope the Americans dont make yet another mistake and go and vote for this woman! She is cut from the same cloth as the Bushes and Obama and thats bad news for the world.
Jamill Ahmed 2014/08/13 11:56:30 AM
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Jamill Ahmed 2014/08/13 12:02:21 PM
Brian Korobele 2014/08/13 12:32:24 PM
Any American Politics either republican or Democrat are bad for the world, The aim is to conquer the world either with blood on their hands they don't care..
Kabelo Magadlela 2014/08/13 01:00:48 PM
Both are killers no difference between them. I would choose neither.
Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg 2014/08/13 01:14:15 PM
Politicians, the let's kiss each others backside club.
Anthony De Lucchi 2014/08/13 03:35:20 PM
I find it rather amusing that the US citizens believe they have a choice, their elections are a 2 horse race. And when it comes down to the actual voting it is not 1 man 1 vote. Their election is nothing more than smoke and mirrors and it is the old magicians 2 card trick where he pointedly directs you to the cards in his pocket. Whether it be a democrat or a Republican it is business as usual!