That’s the best we can get out of the White House about how things went down with the awkward encounter between President Obama and Hillary Clinton at a Martha’s Vineyard A-List gathering just days after she dissed his foreign policy.
Hillary told reporters before the party, a celebration of Democratic political fixer Vernon Jordan’s wife’s birthday, that the disagreement was no biggie, even though in an interview with the Atlantic she had accused him of basically creating the ISIS movement by not supporting moderates in Syria and suggested the Obama Doctrine for foreign policy amounted to “Don’t do stupid stuff.”
Sounds, uh, a little sharp.
“We have disagreements as any partners and friends, as we are, might very well have,” Clinton told reporters on Wednesday. ”But I’m proud that I served with him and for him, and I’m looking forward to seeing him tonight.”
They planned, according to Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said, to hug it out.
I wonder if the leaders of other world powers ride pink bikes and “hug it out.” Do Putin and Medvedev “hug it out” when they have a disagreement? More likely they go shooting Siberian tigers together.
She phoned Obama beforehand to say “that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership,” according to Merrill, which is obviously a lie. I assume he realized it.
Here she is Wednesday ducking an offer from ABC’s Jonathan Karl to dig herself deeper.
Anyway, from the White House deputy press secretary:
Tonight, the President and First Lady attended the birthday celebration for Mrs. Ann Jordan at an event at the Farm Neck Golf Club. There were approximately 150 guests in attendance.
Among the attendees seated with the Jordans and the President and First Lady were former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Valerie Jarrett and her mother Mrs. Barbara Bowman, Ursula Burns, Kenneth Chenault and his wife Kathy, along with other friends and family of Mrs. Jordan. President Obama honored Mrs. Jordan with a toast before dinner, as did Mr. Jordan and Secretary Clinton and others. The President and First Lady have known the Jordans for over twenty years, and were grateful to have been able to share this special evening with them.
The President and First Lady also were happy to have the chance to spend time with Secretary Clinton and former President Clinton.
A little color: in his toast for Mrs. Jordan, President quipped that he met Vernon and first, but liked Ann more. The menu consisted of surf and turf and pasta. The Obamas danced nearly every song. A good time was had by all.
Obama did nothing else Wednesday, holing up at the house because apparently his golf was rained out and it seems didn’t have alternative plans.