OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN RHETORIC
PETER BAKER, The New York Times: ... Going back to the campaign, you were asked and talked about the qualifications of the - your now - your nominee for secretary of state, and you belittled her travels around the world, equating it to having teas with foreign leaders; and your new White House counsel said that her resume was grossly exaggerated when it came to foreign policy. I'm wondering whether you could talk about the evolution of your views of her credentials since the spring.
PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA: Look, I'm in - I think this is fun for the press, to try to stir up whatever quotes were generated during the course of the campaign.
PETER BAKER: Your quotes, sir.
PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA: No, I understand. And I'm - and you're having fun. (Laughs.)
PETER BAKER: I'm asking a question.
PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA: But the - and there's nothing wrong with that. I'm not - I'm not faulting it. But look, I think if you look at the statements that Hillary Clinton and I have made outside of the - the heat of a campaign, we share a view that America has to be safe and secure and in order to do that we have to combine military power with strengthened diplomacy.
The above dialog is from President-elect Obama's Dec. 1 press conference in Chicago, quoted in "Obama's Familiar Orbit" by Michael Winship, at