60 Minutes Preview: The President and the Secretary of State
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appear in their first joint interview when they speak together to Steve Kroft. Watch Kroft's report on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.
“I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say thank you because I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest secretary of states we’ve had,” Mr. Obama told Steve Kroft of CBS News with Mrs. Clinton sitting beside him. “It has been a great collaboration over the last four years. I’m going to miss her. Wish she was sticking around. But she has logged in so many miles, I can’t begrudge her taking it easy for a little bit.”
Mr. Obama credited her with being a central player in his presidency. “I want the country to appreciate just what an extraordinary role she’s played during the course of my administration,” he said. “A lot of the successes we’ve had internationally have been because of her hard work.”
In the excerpt shown on Friday, Mrs. Clinton acknowledged the journey the two onetime adversaries had traveled. “A few years ago it would have been seen as improbable because we had that very long, hard primary campaign,” she said.
But she added that she tells audiences overseas that, “in politics and in democracy, sometimes you win elections, sometimes you lose elections.”