White House says Obamas ‘happy’ to see Clintons at party after foreign policy flap

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The White House says that President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were “happy” to see former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton at an exclusive party in Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday, in their first meeting after a foreign policy flap between the former Secretary of State and the president.

Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said Wednesday night that the Obamas were seated next to the Clintons at the 80th birthday celebration for Ann Jordan, wife of Democratic adviser Vernon Jordan, and enjoyed the celebration.

“The President and First Lady also were happy to have the chance to spend time with Secretary Clinton and former President Clinton,” Schultz said.

The party was the first encounter between the president and Hillary Clinton after a foreign policy split that has sparked renewed chatter about the duo’s often-scrutinized relationship.

However, Clinton hinted that she was ready to bury the hatchet at a bookstore signing of her memoir “Hard Choices” earlier in the day.

When asked if she planned to hug it out with the president at the event, Clinton replied, “absolutely.” When asked if it was a “hard choice” to call the president to explain her remarks she replied, “no.”

“We have disagreements as any partners and friends, as we are, might very well have,” Clinton said. “But I’m proud that I served with him and for him, and I’m looking forward to seeing him tonight.”

After her comments came under scrutiny from people like former top Obama adviser David Axelrod, Clinton called Obama to discuss her remarks.

Clinton loyally carried out Obama’s foreign policy agenda for four years as secretary of state, but described some objections she raised internally in her new book, which focused on her time in the administration. She expanded on those objections in her interview, saying Obama’s “failure” to fully support the rebels in Syria fueled the rise of Islamic State militants now the object of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

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