Despite her tough talk, Hillary Clinton to party with Obama

President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, seen here at at Yangon International airport during the president's historical first visit to Yangon, Myanmar in November 2012.

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Even on vacation, President Obama can't escape the critics of his foreign policy.

But this time, the critic is his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The two will attend a Martha's Vineyard party for Ann Jordan, the wife of former Bill Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan.

Clinton has been a staunch defender of the president since stepping down as secretary of state last year, but as she considers a presidential run in 2016, she recently began creating some distance from Mr. Obama's foreign policy. In an interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg published Sunday, she critiqued the principle that has guided his actions abroad.

"Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle. It may be a necessary brake on the actions you might take in order to promote a vision," Clinton said in the interview.

She went on to praise the president as "thoughtful," "incredibly smart" and "able to analyze a lot of different factors that are all moving at the same time" but also said his foreign policy was "cautious."

Still, the White House - at least publicly - has indicated there are no hard feelings.

"The President and First Lady have accepted an offer to attend a social gathering at the home of Vernon Jordan on Wednesday evening. The President and First Lady are very much looking forward to the occasion and seeing Former Secretary Clinton," said deputy press secretary Eric Schultz.

Mr. Obama and his family are in Martha's Vineyard for a two-week vacation. Hillary Clinton, who has traveled to the Vineyard for years with former President Bill Clinton, and, in addition to the party, she will also hold a book signing for her memoir, Hard Choices.

  • Rebecca Kaplan

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