What rift? White House says Obama and Clinton close

July 15, 2009

The White House is tired of seeing stories that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are not getting along.

“The notion that there’s some rift or disagreement is nothing more than silly Washington games,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Wednesday when asked about the relationship between the president and his secretary of state. OBAMA/EGYPT

Clinton, who joined Obama’s team despite their bitter rivalry for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, has weathered several reports that her influence as chief diplomat is hampered by other foreign policy heavyweights in the administration and her own history with Obama.

Gibbs said stories about tricky relations between the former rivals were false.

“They enjoy a very close relationship,” Gibbs said.

“The Secretary of State is somebody who the president relies on greatly. She has an enormously important role in the development of and the execution of a foreign policy that changes our image in the world.”

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Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama and Clinton in Cairo in June)


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The notion that there’s tension between Clinton and Obama is an invention of hacks and some in the media who write columns to get TV time or to boost online traffic. In absence of drama, they manufacture controversies out of thin air because it sells. The usual suspects complain that SoS Clinton is invisible despite the fact that her daily calendar is full of activities but the media is the one that chooses not to cover her, Good thing both Obama and Clinton are professionals and don’t get distracted by the media gossip in Washington.

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You don’t time major admimistration speeches together unless you want to drown out the other guy.

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