PHOTO OF THE DAY: Hillary & Obama laugh it up during CBS “lovefest”

Posted by: ST on January 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm

The softball interview is here should you care to watch it. But this photo is all you really need to see to know how difficult the “questioning” was on 60 Minutes.

Obama and Clinton laugh

Screen capture via Newsbusters.

Newsbusters’ Kyle Drennan provides this report on NBC’s reaction (emphasis added by him):

Following the friendly chat President Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had with CBS’s Steve Kroft on Sunday’s 60 Minutes, NBC’s reporters could barely contain their glee over the duo getting along so well, with correspondent Peter Alexander proclaiming on Monday’s Today“There they were, side-by-side, at times chuckling together, it seemed even finishing one another’s sentences.” [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Alexander fawned over Obama and Clinton repeatedly patting each other on the back during the self-promotional interview: “The President said he simply wanted to thank Hillary Clinton for being what he called one of the finest secretaries of state we have ever had. But the mutual gushing did not end there….the bitter rivals turned partners showed just how far their relationship’s evolved. The President lavishing Clinton with praise for her discipline, stamina, and thoughtfulness.”

Following Alexander’s report, co-host Matt Lauer asked chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd if the dual television appearance amounted to an Obama endorsement of Clinton in 2016: “What did we watch last night? Did we watch a sitting president giving a warm personal embrace to an outgoing secretary of state or did we watch a sitting president passing the baton to a political ally now?”

Todd was skeptical of the notion: “This was more in the thank-you column.” However, he then portrayed Clinton as a savior of the Democratic Party by agreeing to be Obama’s secretary of state: “Had Hillary Clinton not taken his invitation, the possibility of a Democratic Party that was split in two….So this really was a thank you. Because getting her to come in and the fact that she was such a team player once she went in, this was really the President doing that.”

Scott Whitlock at NB notes ABC’s Good Morning America had the words “Lovefest!” displayed over their video clip from the  Steve Kroft interview, and they, like other MSM outlets, also fawned and gushed over how well Clinton and Obama got along.

Fox News political analyst/Democrat Kirsten Powers rightly calls what happened on 60 Minutes last night ” something you would expect from like, the state-run media”:

 “It was really something you would expect from like, the state-run media. It was that kind of level of propaganda as far as I’m concerned. … I can understand maybe in agreeing to the interview, letting them have maybe one softball question in the beginning and then move on to more important things. This was a joke. Just not challenging basic things like the president claiming that Hillary’s been a great secretary of state in part because they have dismantled Al Qaeda. Now, I’m sorry, is anyone paying attention to what’s going on in North Africa? Why is the president not asked about Algeria, Mali, Libya? These are front and center in the news right now.

Amen.  Make sure you read her slam of Obama’s whining about Fox News here in a serious of must-read Tweets documented by Twitchy Team.

This, and it’s only the first month of his second term.  Sigh. Expect more pillow plumping for this President from administration-friendly “news” outlets in the months and years to come as modern-day “journalism” continues to take a nosedive.

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8 Responses to “PHOTO OF THE DAY: Hillary & Obama laugh it up during CBS “lovefest””


  1. Phineas says:

    Kirsten Powers is interesting. She’s another of those liberal pundits who occasionally sees her side for what it is, but fails to connect the dots, so to speak. I suspect she’s another of those who I think are potential escapees to some form of conservatism or libertarianism, a la Stossel.

  2. Great White Rat says:

    I’m with Phineas on this one. Powers sometimes does a better job of skewering the leftists than conservatives do – but for some reason then concludes that the solution to failed liberalism is – more liberalism.

    More to the point of ST’s post though, is this: only a few days ago, Sharyl Attkisson posted a long set of good, serious, questions about Libya and Benghazi that needed to be asked. So here’s Steve Kroft – who, amazingly, works for the same CBS network employing Attkisson – and does he ask even one of those pointed questions? Nope. Someone needs to grill him and ask him why he deliberately avoided any of those questions. I mean, asking them required no brain work on his part – Attkisson did all the thinking for him. All he’d have needed to do would be read them off the teleprompter. And even Obama knows how easy that is.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    This appearance on “60 Minutes”, a.k.a. “The Obhammud Hour” is nothing more than cheap political theater. For either to trust the other brings to mind the old “Spy vs. Spy” back page comics from “Mad” magazine. Do not forget the Obhammuds were not invited to Chelsea’s wedding though they were in town at the time. It’s a bi*ch thing; given the way Obhammud discards people, let’s see how quickly this develops into a pissing contest and who Obhammud backs in 2016.

  4. JRob says:

    Somebody needs to tell her that Pretty-in-Pink II impressed people about as much as the first one.

  5. Brontefan says:

    The 60 Minutes display was disgusting… but expected. No matter which Democrat wins the next presidential campaign–0bama wants to be on the team. He is just not ready to relinquish power and the royal treatment. And the idea that 4 murdered Americans, who begged for assistance but got NONE, is simply not a big deal demonstrates how these elitists see themselves and the rest of us.

  6. Sefton says:

    This has been orchestrated for years. Since the ’08 election.
    I’m convinced that the Obama and Clinton teams were just as surprised as anyone when Obama came out of left field and took the carpet right out from under Hillary’s feet in ’08, thanks primarily to the media lovefest switch.
    Since then they’ve been positioning Hillary to be the successor to Obama. Recall the help Bill has given to Obama the last four years – why would he do that unless he wanted something in return?
    You think it’s bad now? Wait and watch the orgy the media will have with Hillary (and Bill, because we get two for one, remember?) as 2016 gets closer. And Obama will be the good boy and do his part with his typical b.s. speeches and interviews praising her.

  7. Tex says:

    I needed to take my anti-nauseous medication before viewing that interview. No more independent press in this country.

  8. Bill says:

    I thought Hillary didn’t like doing the Sunday shows? Remember the 60 minute lovefest was taped. So when she made her claim at the hearings she knew she’d b on 60 Minutes. What a joker.