Suzanne Fields

Hillary Clinton got an early Valentine from President Obama, leaving Joe Biden to celebrate Groundhog Day alone. Perhaps the Veep sees a shadow already (you can't blame him for looking over his shoulder), and he'll burrow underground.

CBS News should have employed the entire string section of the National Symphony Orchestra for enough violins to accompany its "60 Minutes" interview with Hillary and the president.

The president invited himself to accompany Hillary, whom he said would go down as "one of our finest secretaries of states." That puts her right up there with several secretaries who accomplished a lot more than she has: William Seward, who helped keep the French and British from recognizing the Confederacy, George C. Marshall and the Marshall Plan that brought Europe back from the dead after World War II, and Henry Kissinger, who opened diplomatic relations with Communist China. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Henry Clay and Daniel Webster also helped set the standard for the "finest" as secretary of state.

None of those worthies, however, flew the skies, friendly and otherwise, like Hillary, who made it to 112 countries. But the president owed her, for her ability to evade, waffle and tap dance past the congressional egoists who barely laid a hand on her in the Benghazi hearings. The congressmen, particularly the Democrats, preened but asked no penetrating questions. She took "responsibility," diluting and diminishing the word and depriving it of its meaning.

We still don't know why and how the desperate pleas for help from Ambassador Chris Stevens never reached her desk. She took "responsibility" but blamed the State Department mice. Nevertheless, she ran interference for the president, shielding him with satin and lace rhetoric.

The president said she laid the groundwork for ending the war in Iraq and established a standard "of professionalism and teamwork in our Cabinet." You could almost hear girlish giggling in her delight that her relationship with the president grew so close, so warm and fuzzy. Sometimes their shared understanding "doesn't take words." Neither, however, could point to major Hillary accomplishments, beyond assurances that we live in a "dangerous" and "complicated" world, requiring "a steady hand" and ''thoughtful analysis." Didn't everybody already know that?

Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is currently working on a book that will revisit John Milton's 'Paradise Lost.'

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