Madam Secretary

Clinton calls charge that she’s low profile ‘absurd’

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Secretary Clinton was on NBC’s Today show this morning. She made some boilerplate remarks that President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize due to "his attitude toward America’s role in the world" and that the award is "not going to influence" his decisions ...

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Secretary Clinton was on NBC’s Today show this morning. She made some boilerplate remarks that President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize due to "his attitude toward America’s role in the world" and that the award is "not going to influence" his decisions regarding Afghanistan. (She of course has to say those kinds of things; Obama’s her boss.)

Then Clinton addressed the thorn-in-her-side issue that she supposedly has too low a profile in the Obama administration. She said the claim was "absurd" and that it was "so at variance with what I do every day." (She did just save the day on the Turkey-Armenia accord and promote peace in Northern Ireland — all in the one weekend after Obama won the Nobel.) She explained that U.S. foreign policy doesn’t have to be "me, me, me" 24/7, stating:

Maybe there is some misunderstanding which needs to be clarified. I believe in delegating power. … I am not one of those people who feel I have to have my face in front of the newspaper and on the TV every moment of the day. … It’s just the way I am. My goal is to be a very positive force to implement the kind of changes that the president and I believe are in the best interest of our country, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be me, me, me all the time. I like lifting people up."

When asked if she’ll run for president again, she laughed and simply stated, "no."

Video: Today show, NBC

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. @pjaroonFP

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