When pressed by a reporter on Tuesday to name an accomplishment from the State Department’s 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) instituted by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, spokesperson Jennifer Psaki said she was unable to do that.
Her inability to name a “tangible” accomplishment derived from that review of the State Department’s practices resulted in uproarious laughter from the panel of analysts convened on CNN to say what that event says about Clinton’s political prospects.
After CNN anchor John King played the clip in question, POLITICO‘s Juana Summers and The Washington Post‘s Nia-Malika Henderson were moved to laughter. “That should not be a surprise question,” King observed.
Henderson observed that Psaki was a campaign spokesperson for President Barack Obama before she was a State Department communications staffer. “You don’t think there are some old Obama/Hillary tensions in that answer, do you?” King asked.
“That’s the idea I’m floating,” Henderson replied.
Watch the clip below via CNN:
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