Pundits are questioning whether President Obama cleverly threw likely 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton under the bus Sunday with a comment about mileage.
In an interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos that aired Sunday on “This Week,” the president was asked if Clinton had his “blessing” to separate herself from him on policy issues, if necessary.
Obama responded with the requisite platitudes that he wants a Democrat to succeed him and that Clinton will not only be a “formidable candidate,” but a “great president.” He joked about having “some dings,” and then made an interesting comment.
“You know, I think– I think the American people, you know, they’re gonna want that new car smell,” he said. “You know, they want to drive something off the lot that that doesn’t have as much mileage as me.”
Clinton is often touted as the “most widely traveled” secretary of state in history because she has visited more countries than any previous secretary of state — her predecessor, Condoleeza Rice, actually logged more air miles.
If Clinton won the presidency, she would be 69 when she was sworn in in 2017.
So was there a subliminal message in the president’s remark?
It’s well known that Obama is not fond of Clinton’s husband, some guy named Bill Clinton. And there have been rumblings that he’s concerned about his all-important legacy should the Clintons follow him in the White House.
We’re still two years out from 2016 presidential election, and the drama is already palpable.
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