60 Minutes Interview: Do Obama and Clinton have a secret alliance?

The 60 Minutes interview between Obama and Clinton was to be expected, but what if they made a treaty four years ago? Photo: (AP, CBS File)

CHARLOTTEJanuary 28, 2013 – It was the 60 Minutes version of an ice cream Sundae (Sunday), as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton dripped syrup and honey all over Steve Kroft’s vanilla questions.

Some say the 2016 campaign started with the 60 Minutes interview, but the congressional hearings on the Hill last week more likely were the real beginning. The interview was just the cherry on top of the dessert.

Not that anyone really expected to learn anything new or hear a hard-hitting question, but what was once regarded as the best investigative news coverage on television suddenly became the Howdy Doody Show.

Whatever happened to the days when people cringed in fear when Mike Wallace showed up at the front door? Had Wallace conducted the interview, the result might have been the same, but the questions would certainly have been tougher.

Mrs. Clinton spent the last four years of her life seeing the world on the taxpayer’s dime and basically staying out of the limelight. Her positive accomplishments were meager at best, and her negatives, combined with Obama’s failed foreign policy, made the world significantly more dangerous than before he took office.

For most Americans however, no news was good news, and the dignified impression Hillary gave while being a stealth secretary of state is that she did a superb job in the position. Though her performance was lackluster, the perception of Clinton’s tenure was off the charts in the minds of most people.

Then came the unexpected attack in Benghazi and all the familiar Clintonian tactics went into full damage control to cover her woeful diplomatic skills.

Like the plagues in Egypt the Obama/Clinton alliance could infest this country for a dozen more years.

Skeptics might scoff at the possibility of a Barack/Hillary Pact being a long-term agreement, but stranger things have happened in the mysterious, incestuous world of politics.

Is it so far fetched to believe there was a plan between the president and his secretary of state four years ago to create a potential sixteen year liberal dynasty?

During the campaign of 2008, there was no love lost between the two candidates. At least for a while. There was nationwide interest in the political process because of the possibility of electing the first black president or the first female president. Either way it was a groundbreaking competition.

Suppose, however, that as the campaign wore on and Hillary saw herself slipping in the polls, there was a truce between Obama and both of the Clintons. Is it possible that the power trio of the democrat party recognized that race might be stronger than gender when November rolled around? After all, a king outranks a queen but a winning combination could come up aces for everyone.

At first Clinton said she was not interested in a position in an Obama administration, but when  secretary of state was offered, she didn’t hesitate to take it. Could it be that Barack told Hillary he would provide her with a jet plane, an unlimited credit card and a fancy title to enhance her resume in exchange for keeping a low profile?

Obama rarely focused on international diplomacy during his first term, choosing instead to deal with healthcare and other domestic issues. Meanwhile, he appointed more qualified people than Mrs. Clinton to handle the intricacies of the Middle East.

Part of the scheme would include Bill’s endorsement of Obama in his run for a second term. By capitalizing on the Clinton’s celebrity status both at home and abroad, the president created a powerful alliance that appealed to both of his former opponents.

Following the election, Hillary conveniently steps down as secretary of state. Obama has no more campaigns to run. Just weeks after the inauguration the strange bedfellows appear on a 60 Minutes lovefest and the former first lady now has four years at home to strengthen her position for 2016.

Hillary supports Barack. Barack supports Hillary. Obama agrees to do all he can to further weaken the Republican party, which would hardly be a burdensome task. Barring major controversies that would alienate his base, Obama thus paves the way for Clinton’s election.

As for Bill. Nobody hated leaving the White House more than he. What a prize for Bubba to become the first First Husband in the history of the country. The prospects of spending eight more years at Pennsylvania Avenue, with the added advantage of having no presidential responsibilities has to be an aphrodisiac that is too enticing for Bill to ignore.

Far-fetched? Probably, but it is possible to establish a lot of “change” in sixteen years while removing any element of “hope.”

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Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to SwitzerlandFrance and Italy for groups of 12 or more.

Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.

 

 


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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

 

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