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Obama and Hillary Bury the Snub Once and For All

There was no snub this year, now that he is president and she is secretary of state.

President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton greeted each other with open arms and kisses at the president's first formal address to Congress tonight.

The scene was a world away from that of last year's State of the Union address, where Obama's and Clinton's icy interaction on the floor of the House of Representatives at the height of their bitter presidential primary battle came to be known as "The Snub." (The "snub" lives in infamy on the Internet, as you can see in this YouTube clip from MSNBC's "Hardball.")

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) was so thrilled to see Obama kiss Clinton Tuesday night that she felt compelled to live Tweet her feelings on the matter.

"The warm greeting between Pres Obama & Sec Clinton makes me proud of our democracy. What a difference a year makes," McCaskill wrote to her many followers on Twitter.

McCaskill was in the thick of last year's drama between Obama and Clinton. She had just endorsed Obama, as had Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).

Just before the start of President Bush's final State of the Union address, Clinton had reached out to shake hands with Kennedy, who was seated next to Obama, at which point Obama abruptly turned to talk to McCaskill.

It was, in a word, awkward.

But as McCaskill notes via Twitter, what a difference a year makes.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 24, 2009; 10:00 PM ET
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No. It was, in a word..."rude". He is so arrogant and rude. I don't care how "warm" they are or appear to be now. I can't stand him. I wish he'd go crawl back under his "I love Chicago" rock.

NOBODY snubs Hillary and gets a free pass! PERIOD.

Posted by: ladyesq1 | February 25, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

You! Keep your bitterness for you. Hillary, in fact, has moved on a long time ago since she embark on the Obama campaign trail. There is no doubt that between these two people feelings are sincere and genuine. Last advice for you: GET A LIFE OF YOURSELF.

Posted by: Kaba1 | February 25, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I forgot to add, I am canadian.

Posted by: Kaba1 | February 25, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I watched the clip of the alleged "snub". I think critics are reading way too much into nothing. Senator Clinton reached out her hand toward Obama, while she was seated a couple of chairs to the right, but he was at that moment facing and leaning to his left to try to hear and respond to a question from his aide, and didn't see Clinton's hand. They were in a loud, crowded room...its silly to even try to make this incident into anything (as demonstrated by the Right-wingnut talking heads trying, desperately and in futility, to make some hay with it).

Even IF Obama felt some juvenile desire to insult Senator Clinton (and why?) he would be smart enough not to do it in public.

Posted by: Observer44 | February 25, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, from the primaries that sounded very arrogant of Obama, but one day karma would bite him in the rear. At least he realized that was soooo unprofessional, even if he was running for president, and apologized for what he done. That's called being a bigger person.

Posted by: chaniquafrazier | February 27, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

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