President Obama Says Hillary Clinton Would Make an ‘Excellent President’

Barack Obama, right, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, are pictured in Yangon, Myanmar on Nov. 19, 2012. (PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)
Barack Obama, right, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, are pictured in Yangon, Myanmar on Nov. 19, 2012. (PHOTO CREDIT: Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)

One day before Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her presidential bid, President Obama said today she would make an “excellent president.”

“She was a formidable candidate in 2008. She was a great supporter of mine in the general election. She was an outstanding secretary of state. She is my friend. I think she would be an excellent president,” Obama said at a news conference in Panama.

“When she makes a decision to announce, I’m confident she will be very clear about her vision for the country moving forward if she announces,” he added.

The president said he believes that Clinton’s role as secretary of state has amply prepared her to “handle herself very well in any conversations and debates around foreign policy.

“If she decides to run, she’s going to have some strong messages to deliver,” he said.

Asked whether he thinks the Democratic field is wide open, Obama declined to weigh in.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Arlette Saenz

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