Hillary Clinton, a presumed presidential candidate for 2016, has made clear she wouldn’t be running for a de facto third Obama term. WSJ’s Peter Nicholas joins the News Hub with Simon Constable with more on this. Photo: Getty
Hillary Clinton has begun distancing herself from President Barack Obama, suggesting that she would do more to woo Republicans and take a more assertive stance toward global crises, while sounding more downbeat than her former boss about the U.S. economic recovery.
People are “really, really nervous” about their future, Mrs. Clinton said at an event in Colorado last week that included hints of her emerging strategy to convey that she would be more effective in the pursuit of Democratic policy goals than Mr. Obama has been during his time in office.
“They don’t think the economy has recovered in a way that has helped them or their families,” Mrs. Clinton said. In contrast, Mr. Obama sounded almost cheery after Thursday’s jobs report, saying the country could make even more progress if Congress were willing to “set politics aside, at least occasionally.”
Mrs. Clinton hasn’t repudiated Mr. Obama, who made her secretary of state in his first term, and comments aimed at highlighting her differences with Mr. Obama are often implied rather than stated bluntly. [ …]
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While I fully understand the campaign positioning strategies employed by politicians, Mrs. Clinton’s comparison of the antipathy towards her husband and the obstruction against President Obama is jarring. Yes, her husband was impeached. Yes, Newt Gingrich most definitely wasn’t the most arranging of Speakers. But this is a low blow:
“My husband had some really serious problems with the Congress when he was in office,” she said. “They shut down the government twice. They impeached him once. So it was not the most pleasant of atmospheres. But I will say this: Bill never stopped reaching out to them.”
My memory hasn’t failed me. Mine was among the many voices, who, in 2010, 2011, and 2012, repeatedly implored the President to stop giving into GOP blackmail. Where was she?
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