Former secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called President Obama on Tuesday to assure him that recent foreign policy criticism in a magazine article was not an attempt to attack him or his administration, aides said.
"Secretary Clinton was proud to serve with President Obama, she was proud to be his partner in the project of restoring American leadership and advancing America's interests and values in a fast changing world," said a statement from Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill. "She continues to share his deep commitment to a smart and principled foreign policy that uses all the tools at our disposal to achieve our goals."
Merrill added: "While they've had honest differences on some issues, including aspects of the wicked challenge Syria presents, she has explained those differences in her book and at many points since then. Some are now choosing to hype those differences but they do not eclipse their broad agreement on most issues."
He also noted that Clinton and Obama are scheduled to be at the same event Wednesday in Martha's Vineyard.
"Like any two friends who have to deal with the public eye, she looks forward to hugging it out when she they see each other tomorrow night," Merrill said.
Things seem to be getting tense between the President Obama and Hillary Clinton camps.
Longtime Obama political adviser David Axelrod took to Twitter on Tuesday to apparently fire back at Clinton comments about the president's statement that part of his foreign policy approach is "don't do stupid stuff."
Axelrod wrote, "Just to clarify: 'Don't do stupid stuff' means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision."
In an interview with The Atlantic magazine, Clinton -- Obama's former secretary of state -- said that "great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle."
Clinton, who is pondering a presidential run in 2016, also criticized the administration's refusal to arm rebels against Bashar al-Assad's government in Syria early on, saying that decision may have contributed to the rise of a militant army that has now swept across parts of Syria and Iraq.
Obama and Clinton are both scheduled to be at a party Wednesday on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. -- and that should be an interesting event.
Worth noting: Clinton as well as John Kerry and Joe Biden -- Obama's current secretary of state and vice president -- all voted for the Iraq war authorization in 2003