Obama's begging can't get Clinton to stay

2012-10-25 13:02

Washington - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he would love for Hillary Clinton to stay on as secretary of state after his hoped for re-election, but that "despite my begging" she has decided to move on.

"She has done an incredible job. She has logged a lot of miles [kilometres], she has been working so hard," Obama told viewers on NBC television's Tonight Show, a popular, late-night comedy programme.

Less than two weeks before the 6 November vote that will determine whether he will win a second term in the White House, Obama heaped praise on Clinton, who four years ago was his bitter rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Obama ultimately won the nomination before defeating Republican nominee John McCain in the November 2008 election.

Clinton, the former first lady and one-time US senator, has proven to be an invaluable asset to Obama's administration over the past four years and is viewed as one of its most competent and popular players.

"She has done a great job. I would love for her to stay," said Obama, adding however that he also understands why she is leaving.

Taking the bullet

"I suspect that it is time for her to spend a little bit more time with her family," he said. "I could not be prouder of the work she has done."

Hillary Clinton is widely viewed as having taken a bullet for her boss earlier this month when she assumed the blame for the administration's clumsy handling of the 11 September attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, which killed four Americans, including the American ambassador to Libya.

Obama has come under fire from his critics over the assault during which heavily-armed militants stormed the consulate compound and attacked an annex housing US personnel on the 11th anniversary of the al-Qaeda attacks on the United States.

Obama's Republican rival in the 6 November vote, Mitt Romney, has accused the administration of giving a muddled response betraying a failed Middle East policy, while some Republican critics have gone so far as to allege a cover up.

Meanwhile Clinton's husband, former US president Bill Clinton, who has been one of Obama's most stalwart supporters on the campaign trail, gave a rousing speech in favour of the president during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina last month.

That speech is credited with helping give Obama a sizable bump in the polls and a slight lead over Romney in the US presidential race.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-25 13:12

    Won't miss either of you! Bye Bye Both ;)

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-25 13:43

      Why oh why News24 do you deem it necessary to print "miles [kilometers]"? How incredibly condescending. Either that or the writer of the article didn't know what miles are and had to look it up for their own clarification.

      ClassWarTrotsky - 2012-10-25 14:07

      Yeah, cant wait to get a fundamentalist christian capitalist-vulture raping the middle class to fund their corporate hegemony.

      ClassWarTrotsky - 2012-10-25 15:23

      Hey casters, aren't you a bit of a political dinosaur, a relic from the pre-WWII era? Must really have p'ed you off when the mighty Red Army stood up to your kind and smashed Fascism & Capitalism in eastern Europe. Now that was a real President, Stalin, not like your Mormon (hahaha do you know what those idiots believe?) tax-swindler elitist @#%^&*. :) You're Welcome.

      ClassWarTrotsky - 2012-10-25 15:38

      1) Communism never failed, Soviet Authoritarianism was unsustainable. 2) I am not an ANC member (not being an Africanist/Capitalist, as the ANC seems to have morphed into), ergo I am not a cadre, I am a anarcho-communist comrade. 3) The USSR fell for a number of easily researchable reasons, however, Raygun and his Star Wars defense programmes were not one of them.

      ClassWarTrotsky - 2012-10-25 15:45

      PS, I am no fan of Barry Obama either, but he is the slightly lesser of two evils.

      ClassWarTrotsky - 2012-10-25 16:11

      The USSR fell basically because Yeltsin was caught up in the Chicago School Economic model, you know, the one where the US installed right wing neo-nazi butchers into power in South America, Indonesia, Poland etc.(Pinochet, Sukharno, etc etc) and backed them up, ignoring the extra judial murders and tortures, all courtesy of the CIA.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-25 13:16

    Clinton should be sent out to pasture with the other wilde beast!

  • mastersvoice - 2012-10-25 13:20

    Ah but a man never got a woman back Not by begging on his knees

  • tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-25 13:29

    Good riddance.

  • shaunpatrickdaly - 2012-10-25 13:38

    She needs the time off to distance herself from Obama andfocus on her 2016 presidential campaign.

      ClassWarTrotsky - 2012-10-25 15:32

      Sorry, casters, how much did George W's little adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan cost? Maybe, just maybe the 3.7 TRILLION dollar war that your precious neo-cons led the world into had something to do with the state of the American economy? Or maybe the rampant Lassaiz Faire capitalism ushered in by that demented old fool Raygun, spending theoretical profits, collapsing the banking systems. All on the Republican watch, now the cockroaches are coming out of the woodwork claiming to know the cure to the sickness they introduced - more of the same. F!@# the 47% hey??

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-25 15:56

      US right wingers like Casters are befallen with US exceptionalism. But that exceptionalism does not exist, it is a spectacle, a facade. Just like the book "The Society of the Spetacle". There is no exceptionalism of health, beauty, philosophy and progress in the USA. The exceptionalism of USA is really an exceptionalism of binge-eating, of all you can eat buffets, of beer, of pancakes, of like 100 different flavors of ice cream. There is also an exceptionalism of cakes, cheese cakes and pies. However thanks to neoliberal capitalism pies like pecan pies and cheese cakes are getting too expensive. The Republicans ate a big meal, left during desserts to avoid paying the cheque and now want to blame the guy who just ordered the salad.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-25 17:08

      Computers and software are not the preserve of Americans. The US has stolen countless technological designs from Europe, especially during the confused periods following WW11.

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-25 19:18

      I suppose you are an Alex Jones, Glen Beck and Andrew Breitbart fan, right? And a Ron Paultard? Pat Buchanan too left wing for you?

      piet.strydom - 2012-10-27 03:16

      I am probably wasting my breath here, but here goes: @Caster 1. - The spending was initiated by Bush. It was necessary to prevent a total collapse. And it was therefor correct to keep it going. It saved the American Auto Industry (again), and it stops job heamorraghing. Job losses were running at 750k to 800k PER MONTH, when push passed the hot potato to Obama. The Republicans might stand for small government, but they also want to reduce taxes everywhere, at a time when the current income is not hogh enough. All that will lead to is bigger deficit. And to top it all off, from the very sketchy details that is available, it is clear that the rich will get all the benefot, and the middle and lower classes will have their tax deductions capped. The "apology tour" idea has been so comprehensively disproven on so many fact checking sights, that the continued use of it just underlies the users' dishonesty. Your smell comment is disgusting to say the least. Obama shows more Christlike compassion in his left pinky than what most republicans do in their whole body.

  • phahla.matwa - 2012-10-25 14:37

    Obama is the way

  • helio.paulo.7 - 2012-11-05 08:20

    @casters.balle....concentrate on what is happening in your own country and leave the americans to theirs....WANNABE!

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