Hillary Clinton: Obama Confident About Re-election

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 11:16 AM

By Dan Weil

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Hillary Clinton told an anecdote Tuesday suggesting that President Barack Obama is quite confident that he will be re-elected. She began a speech by mentioning that she and Obama joke about world leaders who try to stay in power “10, 20, 30, 40 years,” Politico reports.

Hillary Clinton, Obama“And he and I look at each other and say: ‘Oh my gosh. Can you imagine?’” Clinton said. “The president said to me the other day, ‘I’m going to win re-election, and then I’m done.’”

After Clinton’s remarks, the White House rushed to assure the media that it’s not taking re-election for granted.

“I can assure you that he is not at all,” Obama’s press secretary John Carney said Tuesday. “He understands very well that we live in a very competitive political environment.”

To be sure, on Thursday Carney had said that the White House is “highly confident that the president will be re-elected.”

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