Former Secretary of State and presumptive Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is using surrogates to signal that she's ready to squash this Syria beef with President Obama.
"This could be awkward," wrote Washington burn-book holder Mike Allen. "Hillary Clinton, after taking a tough shot at President Obama in last week's interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, is scheduled to party with POTUS tomorrow night on Martha's Vineyard."
Hillary Clinton's interview implied that ISIS's reign of terror across Syria and Iraq might have been prevented if her advice on giving greater support for "moderate" Syrian rebel groups like the Free Syrian Army had been heeded.
Yesterday, President Obama reportedly responded to similar criticism by saying that this theory is "horses--t."
This was primed to become a mini-civil war among Democratic fiefdoms. Now, another Politico report comes in to say that someone working with Clinton reached out to Barack Obama to "make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him."
The statement from the Clinton camp said that no one should "hype" the foreign policy differences between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Furthermore, this official statement, given to the press intentionally on behalf of someone who wants to be president, actually said:
"Like any two friends who have to deal with the public eye, she looks forward to hugging it out when she they see each other tomorrow night." [Politico]
Direct quote. Michael Brendan Dougherty