Hillary Clinton Will Do Anything to Not Miss a Meeting With President Obama

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Despite initial worries from some Obama advisers that Hillary Clinton would secretly try to undermine President Obama as secretary of State, she's actually been as much of a team player as one could possibly hope. She's so devoted to Obama, in fact, that she'll do just about anything to avoid missing their weekly meetings. Even after her plane broke down in Saudi Arabia last month, she managed to hitch a ride with General Petraeus "so that she would not miss her session with the president the next day."

Then there was the time she received a phone call telling her that her husband was in the hospital with heart problems. Did Hillary run to his side? No. Because she was about to go into a meeting with President Obama.


Mrs. Clinton kept her appointment with Mr. Obama in the Oval Office, taking her customary seat on the yellow sofa as the two talked about her coming trip to the Persian Gulf, where she planned to turn up the heat on Iran over its nuclear program.

“No one had any idea” that she might have had a personal worry, said a senior White House official who was present. Afterward, Mrs. Clinton raced for a shuttle flight to New York to see her husband.

Imagine just hearing that your husband was in the hospital, and still being able to focus during your meeting as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened. Either Hillary really values those meetings with Obama, or ... nah that's probably it.

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