Excitement builds ahead of tonight’s Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama ‘hug-out’


CBS will broadcast the first joint interview between President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday, January 27, 2013. WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: U.S. President Barack Obama greets Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at his State of the Union address on January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are set to "hug out" their differences tonight -- and Washington is very, very excited about it.

During today's White House press conference, deputy press secretary Eric Schultz was bombarded with questions about the hug: exactly when it would happen, exactly how it would happen, and whether the media would be allowed to witness the embrace. Schultz, handling on-camera briefing duties for the first time, downplayed the event. "I believe the president and Secretary Clinton have had many hugs over the years," he assured reporters.

Although members of the press are understandably disappointed that there will, in the end, be no pool coverage of the hug -- scheduled to take place at a party on Martha's Vineyard this evening -- that hasn't stopped the Twitterati from pondering the logistical implications and existential meaning of the Obama-Clinton hug-out:

Sebastian Payne is a national reporter with The Washington Post. He is the Post’s 35th Laurence Stern fellow.
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