Hillary Clinton to Join Obama at Democratic Party Fundraiser

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Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 05:53 PM

By Cathy Burke

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President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are guests at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser next month — presenting a possible test of whether the big chill is easing after Clinton's biting criticism of the president's foreign policy.

The former secretary of State — and potential 2016 presidential candidate — will give a luncheon speech at the DNC's Women's Leadership Forum Sept. 19, with Obama speaking later that day, according to invitations to the event.

The forum starts Sept. 18 with a welcome reception hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden — and is designed to attract more women to the Democratic party with discussions, networking opportunities and access to women leaders. Tickets will be $25 for students — and up to $32,400 a pop for deep-pocket donors.

The pair haven't mingled publicly since Clinton took a shot at Obama during an interview in early August in which she said: "Great nations need organizing principles, and 'don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle." 

The reference was to a phrase the president has used to describe his approach to world affairs.

Clinton reportedly called the president after the interview, and the pair were supposedly going to hug-it-out Aug. 13 at a private party on Martha's Vineyard, but Clinton biographer Ed Klein called the event "a tense, awkward freeze-a-thon." 

Klein said Clinton and Obama sat near one another but didn't speak, and went out of their way in general to avoid one another.

The Associated Press and Bloomberg news contributed to this report.

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