Last night, 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft introduced his joint interview of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with something of a disclaimer: “The White House offered us 30 minutes [with Obama and Clinton] — barely enough time to scratch the surface of their complicated personal and professional relationship,” he said.
But 30 minutes ended up giving the president and his top diplomat plenty of time to sing each other’s praises — expressing their mutual professional admiration, enthusing about their close friendship, and stopping just short of braiding each other’s hair on camera. Here’s a sampling of quotes from their love-fest:
Obama: “I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say ‘thank you,’ because I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve had. It has been a great collaboration over the last four years. I’m going to miss her.” READ FULL STORY »