Friendship reason for Obama, Hillary Clinton lunch, aide says

July 29, 2013 at 3:55 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- The agenda for President Obama's lunch with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday was "largely friendship," the White House said.

"As you know, over the course of the last four years ... Secretary Clinton and the president have developed not just a strong working relationship, but also a genuine friendship," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said during a media briefing. "And so it's largely friendship that's on the agenda for the lunch today."

Earnest said it wouldn't be a working lunch, but rather "an opportunity for the two who saw each other on a pretty frequent basis over the course of the last four years to get a chance to catch up."

Obama invited Clinton, Earnest said.

Speculation about Clinton making a 2016 run to be the Democratic presidential nominee has been running high ever since she stepped down as the country's top diplomat in February, even though she has said she isn't interested and has been mum on the matter.

The lunch was announced Sunday by the White House press office.

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