Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strayed from the typical playbook Sunday, when she praised former President George W. Bush and took pot shots at her former boss while discussing U.S. foreign policy.
Speaking on the Sunday talk show, “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” Clinton veered off the topic of America’s frosty relations with Russia and distanced herself from the overseas quagmires vexing President Obama.
“We are in this period where we have to go back out and sell ourselves,” she said. “It is not to be taken for granted. What do we stand for and how do we intend to lead and manage? How do we enlist the rest of the world in this struggle between cooperation and order, and conflict and disorder, which is really at the root of so much that’s going on today – and I don’t think we’ve done a very good job of that.”
Zakaria’s eyes widened over Clinton’s insinuation that Obama is doing a less-than-stellar job leading on the world stage.
“Let’s not forget the trend lines. George W. Bush is very popular in Sub-Saharan Africa. Why? Because of the president’s emergency program for AIDS relief. Whether you agree or disagree with a lot of what else he did – and I disagree with a lot of it – I am proud to be an American when I go to Sub-Saharan Africa and people say, ‘I want to thank President Bush and the United States for helping us fight HIV/AIDS.’”
Clinton, who is heavily weighing a 2016 presidential run, took another swipe at Obama by suggesting he has little to show for all the money, time and effort spent on trying to influence world events.
“I think we would be able to succeed more effectively if we were clearer about who we are and what we stand for and the values we hold,” she told her host.
Given the Obama administration’s low standing in Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Honduras and Guatemala, she couldn’t be more right.
Watch her interview here via YouTube.
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