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Obama and Hillary Clinton to meet on Martha’s Vineyard

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VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. - President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet on Martha's Vineyard after all.

Obama is vacationing here for two weeks with his family. Clinton is popping in Wednesday to sign her book "Hard Choices."

The White House confirmed Tuesday that the two will meet Wednesday night at a party at the home of former Bill Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan.

"The President and First Lady are very much looking forward to the occasion and seeing Former Secretary Clinton," a White House official said.


Hillary Rodham Clinton signs copies of her new book "Hard Choices" at the Common Good Books store, Sunday July 20, 2014 in St Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt)C

Things could get a bit awkward: Clinton harshly criticized Obama's foreign policy in an interview with the Atlantic this week.

But apparently Clinton tried to smooth things over before she and Obama saw one another. A Clinton spokesman said the former secretary of state called Obama to "make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies or his leadership."

The spokesman, Nick Merrill, said there will likely be hugs involved when the two meet Wednesday.

"Like any two friends who have to deal with the public eye, she looks forward to hugging it out when she they [sic] see each other tomorrow night," Merrill said.

The event is sure to be a who's-who of Democratic operatives and supporters who have long flocked to this island for summer relaxation. The Clintons, who are reportedly vacationing in the Hamptons this summer, also used to frequent Martha's Vineyard while they were in the White House.

Katie Zezima is a national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential election. She previously served as a White House correspondent for The Post.

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