April 3, 2014: Hillary Clinton talks about her accomplishments as Obama’s Secretary of State
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman asked Clinton, “When you look at your time as Secretary of State, what are you most proud of, and what do you feel was unfinished, maybe love to have another crack at someday?”
TRANSCRIPT HILLARY: “Look, I really see my role as Secretary, in fact leadership in general in a democracy, as a relay race. When you run the best race you can run, you hand off the baton. Some of what hasn’t been finished may go on to be finished, so when President Obama asked me to be Secretary of State I agreed.
IF HILLARY HAD BEEN HONEST: I was Obama’s Secretary of State.
TRANSCRIPT HILLARY: “We had the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, we had two wars. We had continuing threats from all kinds of corners around the world that we had to deal with. So it was a perilous time frankly.
IF HILLARY HAD BEEN HONEST: There were lots of problems at home and around the world, as per usual.
TRANSCRIPT HILLARY: “What he said to me was, ‘Look, I have to be dealing with the economic crisis, I want you to go out and represent us around the world.’ And it was a good division of labor because we needed to make it clear to the rest of the world, that we were going to get our house in order. We were going to stimulate, and grow, and get back to positive growth and work with our friends and partners. So I think we did that.”
IF HILLARY HAD BEEN HONEST: As Secretary of State, I represented the Obama administration around the world, because that’s what the Secretary of State is supposed to do.
TRANSCRIPT HILLARY: “I’m very proud of the stabilization and the really solid leadership that the administration provided that I think now, leads us to be able to deal with problems like Ukraine because we’re not so worried about a massive collapse in Europe and China — trying to figure out to do with all their bond holdings and all the problems we were obsessed with.
IF HILLARY HAD BEEN HONEST: While I was President Obama’s Secretary of State, Russia invaded the Ukraine and we did nothing; 4 Americans, including an ambassador, were slaughtered and we both lied about it; Syria “crossed the red line” and and we did nothing; Iran continued to work on developing nuclear weapons and we did nothing; China got feisty with its neighbors and we did nothing; North Korea threatened South Korea and Japan and we did nothing; Venezuela cracked down on democracy protestors and we did nothing; Muslim extremism increased and spread globally and we did nothing.
TRANSCRIPT HILLARY: “I think we really restored American leadership in the best sense. That, once again — people began to rely on us as setting the values, setting the standards. I just don’t want to lose that because we have a dysfunctional political situation in Washington. Then of course, a lot of particulars, but I am finishing my book so you’ll be able to read all about it.”
IF HILLARY HAD BEEN HONEST: Obama and I managed to make America into a laughing stock around the world. Our friends don’t trust us any more. Our enemies take what they want, knowing we won’t do a thing to stop them. The only values and standards we set were the ones marked “Destroy America” and for that I’m really proud, because taking down the free and independent United States of America is what Progressives have been working toward for the past 100 years.