Obama, Hillary Give Interview—but Why?

President thanks Clinton for her years of service
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2013 4:39 PM CST

(Newser) – Did President Obama just pass Hillary Clinton the presidential baton? The once-bitter political foes are set to appear on 60 Minutes tonight, just before Clinton's departure from the State Department—but the question is why, CNN reports. "The main thing is I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say 'thank you,'" says the president. "I'm going to miss her, wish she was sticking around, but she has logged in so many miles I can't begrudge her wanting to take it easy for a little bit."

Sitting with Steve Kroft, Clinton admits that a public chat with Obama would have been "improbable" after 2008 because "we had that very long, hard primary campaign." She fought hard, she says, "but I lost. And then President Obama asked me to be secretary of state, and I said yes. And why did he ask me, and why did I say yes? Because we both love our country." No doubt Kroft will inquire into her White House ambitions ... and no doubt Joe Biden will be watching. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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