Asked why they had agreed to the rare joint interview, she responded: “A few years ago it would have been seen as improbable because we had that very long, hard primary campaign.
“But, you know, I’ve gone around the world on behalf of the president and our country, and one of the things that I say to people, because I think it helps them understand, I say look, in politics and in democracy, sometimes you win elections and sometimes you lose elections.”
“I worked very hard, but I lost,” she added. But despite that defeat and the nature of the primary campaign, Obama asked Clinton to serve as secretary of state, and she accepted “because we both love our country”.
Obama’s response as to why he had wanted to do a joint interview was entirely complimentary of his outgoing state secretary.
“The main thing is I 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 ever had. It has been a great collaboration over the last four years.”
He continued: “I’m going to miss her, wish she was sticking around, but she has logged in so many miles I can’t begrudge her wanting to take it easy for a little bit.”