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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:40 PM

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.


The main thing is I just wanted to have the chance to publicly say thank you.

Obama Heaps Praise on Hillary Clinton in Joint Appearance

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 weve 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. Im going to miss her. Wish she was sticking around. But she has logged in so many miles, I cant 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 shes played during the course of my administration, he said. A lot of the successes weve 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.

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