President Obama participates in a family photo of ASEAN leaders during the ASEAN Summit at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh November 19, 2012. With Obama are (L-R) Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen and Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. [REUTERS/Jason Reed]
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra toast at a dinner at Government House in Bangkok, November 18, 2012. [REUTERS/Jason Reed]
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton smile as they stand at the base of the Reclining Buddha during their tour of the Wat Pho Royal Monastery in Bangkok, November 18, 2012. [REUTERS/Jason Reed]Right after looking at photos, I happened to read this:
With Secretary of State Hillary Clinton planning to wrap up her service in the next few months, she and President Barack Obama have been spending some quality time together, waxing nostalgic about their work in office over the past four years and their history as rivals in the hard fought 2008 presidential campaign.That's a long, long way from "likeable enough." As for Madame Secretary:
"On the flight back from Rangoon to Cambodia, they spent basically the entire flight alone in his personal office on Air Force One just reminiscing about the last four years, but as the president said, it wasn't just the last four years, they've been through a lot together over the last five or six years and, in fact, unqiue among people they've been at this working as hard as they can for five or six years now," Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters as Obama and Clinton were in Cambodia for Asian summit meeting.
"I think what the president expresses and what he believes is not only has she done a great job as secretary of state, but they've really come to become not just partners, but close friends and it's a friendship that he values very much and that he'll want to continue going forward," Rhodes said.
"It's been great. It's been bittersweet, nostalgic, all the things you would expect."—Hillary Clinton, on her last trip w/ Obama.— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) November 20, 2012
[Aside: Jason Reed—still my favorite news photographer. I love that guy.]