Obama Hillary Interview
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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.”

Clinton: “This has been just an extraordinary opportunity to work with him as a partner and friend, to do our very best on behalf of this country we both love. And it’s something I’m going to miss a great deal.”

Obama: “Well, I was a big admirer of Hillary’s before our primary battles and the general election. You know, her discipline, her stamina, her thoughtfulness, her ability to project, I think, and make clear issues that are important to the American people, I thought made her an extraordinary talent…Made for tough debates, by the way, ’cause we –”

Clinton: “It did. We could never figure out what we were different on.”

Obama: “I think everybody understands that Hillary’s been, you know, one of the most important advisors that I’ve had on a whole range of issues…I consider Hillary a strong friend.”

Clinton: “I mean, [we’re] very warm, very close.”

Obama: “You hang up first!”

Clinton: “No, YOU hang up first!”

It’s all very heartwarming, especially considering how far they’ve come from the days of “you’re likeable enough, Hillary.” Come, bask in the glory of the dynamic duo’s white-hot White House amity:

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