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Hillary Tries Smoothing Out Differences with Obama

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:01:06 +0000

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama along with Bill and Hillary Clinton are apparently in the mood to party but will recent statements critical of the administration's Syria policy made by the former secretary of state put a damper on the get-together on Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday?

Clinton, in an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, said Obama’s “failure” to arm moderate Syrian rebels created a vacuum that allowed the rise of the al Qaeda offshoot, the Islamic State.

According to an aide for Clinton, she has since called the president to assert that her comments were not a personal attack and that she "continues to share his deep commitment to a smart and principled foreign policy that uses all the tools at our disposal to achieve our goals."

The aide said Clinton and the president see eye-to-eye on "most issues."

In fact, Clinton "looks forward to hugging it out when she they see each other" at the 80th birthday party for Ann Jordan, hosted by Mrs. Jordan’s husband, long-time Clinton confidante Vernon Jordan.

Just the same, political pundits see Clinton's comment as a way to distance herself from the White House as she prepares a likely campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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