The foreign policy rift between Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama that played out publicly this week was not enough to ruin the birthday party of a mutual friend.
She may have sharply chastised his foreign policy this week, but all remains well between Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, the former secretary of state insisted, and the two were happy to spend time together, along with 150 other guests, in Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday at a party thrown by long-time friend Vernon Jordan for his wife Ann.
The President and First Lady, Clinton and former President Bill Clinton feasted on “surf and turf” at the island resort where, according to the White House, “a good time was had by all.”
But there was no word on a hug.
After an interview in which Clinton questioned some of Obama’s policy choices was published over the weekend, both politicians’ staffs said the two were looking forward to catching up and “hugging it out” on the Massachusetts’ island resort.
Clinton, speaking Wednesday at a book signing for her memoir “Hard Choices,” said she couldn’t wait.
“We’re looking forward to it,” she said of the hotly anticipated embrace.
Asked whether it was indeed a “hard choice” to phone Obama this week, a call meant to explain her interview wasn’t meant as an attack, Clinton said no.
“We are committed to the values and the interests and the security of our country together,” Clinton said. “We have disagreements, as any partners and friends might very well have. But I am proud that I served for him and with him, and I am looking forward to seeing him tonight.”
Earlier in the day, the White House described Obama and Clinton’s relationship as “close and resilient.”
“We are looking onwards and upwards,” Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said in a briefing from Martha’s Vineyard.