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   [Hillary] Clinton Discusses Relationship With Obama

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7/22/2009 9:00 am

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Glenn Kessler

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Washington Post

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Interview

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Entered 7/23/2009, Updated 7/23/2009

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PHUKET, Thailand, July 22 -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that President Obama agreed to give her "an enormous amount of authority...really everything I asked for" before she agreed to take the job of chief U.S. diplomat. Clinton made the remarks during an expansive one-hour interview with Thai television in Bangkok before she flew to this resort island for a regional security forum. The interview with two energetic questioners took place before a live audience in a former king's palace built in 1909. Clinton said she was "very surprised" when her former rival for the Democratic nomination asked her to become secretary of state. "He said, 'Look, I really need you and I believe that we can have a great relationship.' And we do. It's been everything I could have hoped for," Clinton said. She added that her first response when Obama called her was to give him a list of names of people she thought "would be so much better. ...But as you have seen watching on TV, he is very persuasive."


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