This is an interesting take on her tenure.. and it might shed some light on her lack of tangible accomplishments as Sec. State for four years..
Maybe implying or making the case that she could do better in a different position in the future..
And even if this whole move of bringing her in was probably motivated by Lincoln’s “Team of Rivals”, it might have been brilliant politics by Obama, both towards Hillary and also in large part towards Bill.
As Hillary, the pragmatist, had demanded before taking the job, she did have regular “one-on-ones” with the president. For Clinton this offered the visual, at least to the Washington press corps, that she was an integral player.
To Obama it was a chance for respectful listening and making sure that Hillary personally felt looped-in to the happenings at the White House. But it never seemed to stop him from doing whatever he wanted to do once she left the room.
“As secretary of state I think that her relationship with the president was cordial, but never close,” says Senator John McCain, who served as the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and observed her up close.
(..) “I think she had very little interaction” with the president, says veteran State Department employee. “A lot of this was, you know, she would go to meetings of the NSC (national security council) when she was in town and called, but it was a very distant relationship.”
(..) “Obama brought her into the administration, put her in a bubble, and ignored her,” says a former high-ranking diplomat. “It turned out to be a brilliant political maneuver by Obama, making it impossible for her to challenge him, unless she left the administration, and not giving her an excuse that she could resign in protest. So she was stuck.”