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Hillary: Obama Can Handle That 3 A.M. Call

Monday, 08 Jun 2009 07:25 AM

By Kenneth D. Williams

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Hillary Rodham Clinton says that if the phone rings at 3 a.m. at the White House, she's certain that President Barack Obama will know what to do.

Such a phone call in the wee hours - probably about an unexpected crisis - was a central argument that Clinton used during her primary campaign against Obama last year. She argued in a TV ad that she was the candidate with the experience to answer that 3 a.m. call.

The Secretary of State says her boss has shown he is fully capable of handling that kind of crisis call.

"The president in his public actions and demeanor, and certainly in private with me and with the national security team, has been strong, thoughtful, decisive," she said on ABC's "This Week." "I think he is doing a terrific job. And it's an honor to serve with him."

Hillary added that she had no intention of taking any role in the Obama administration, and even gave Obama the names of people whom she thought could lead the State Department. But Obama apparently wanted her for the job, and wouldn't take no for an answer.

"I gave him a bunch of other names of people who I thought would be great secretaries of state," Clinton said. "But he was quite persistent and very persuasive."

Clinton said she ultimately saw that Secretary of State is a worthy job to do, Fox News reports.

"I thought, you know, we are in just so many deep holes that everybody had better grab a shovel and start digging out," Clinton said.

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