(WASHINGTON) -- Now that Osama bin Laden, Moammar Gadhafi and Anwar al-Awlaki have meet their end under President Obama’s term in office, how does Hillary Clinton feel about Obama’s ability to handle national security issues, namely those “3 a.m. calls” she implied he wouldn’t be able to handle during the 2008 presidential primary campaign?
“President Obama has passed with flying colors every leadership challenge,” Clinton said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press.
Asked about her accusation during their heated battle for the Democratic nomination that Obama wouldn’t be able to handle emergencies, the secretary of state, who by many accounts works well with the president, defended her boss.
“I think this president has demonstrated that, in a still very dangerous world, it’s important to have someone at the helm of our country who understands how to manage what is an incredibly complex world now,” she said. “Yes, we have a lot of threats, but we also have opportunities, and I think President Obama has grasped that and has performed extraordinarily well.”
But though she praised Obama, she declined to wade back into politics.
“I’m out of politics, as you know, David [Gregory, host of Meet the Press]. I don’t comment on it. But I think Americans are going to want to know that they have a steady, experienced, smart hand on the tiller of the ship of state, and there’s no doubt that that’s Barack Obama,” she said.
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