A Telling Moment with Obama & Clinton

Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times reports from the press conference announcing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State:

When another reporter asked Mr. Obama about the “evolution” of his views since those times in the campaign when he dismissed Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy experience as a series of “teas” with foreign leaders, Mr. Obama took it lightly. “Well, I mean, I think — this is fun for the press to try to stir up whatever quotes were generated during the course of the campaign.” he said with a grin. “No, I understand. And you’re having fun, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m not — I’m not faulting it.”

Mrs. Clinton had greeted the question somewhat grimly, but as Mr. Obama answered, she slowly unfurled a smile. By the end, she managed to look almost as amused by the question as her new boss was.


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