White House waves off Obama’s 2012 re-election joke by Clinton

Washington, May 18: The White House has dismissed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's account that President Barack Obama told her he is confident he would be re-elected in 2012 Presidential elections.

Clinton, during a speech, began an anecdote by noting that she jokes with Obama about some world leaders who try to stay in power for "10, 20, 30, 40 years."

"And he and I look at each other and say: 'Oh my gosh. Can you imagine?" Politico quoted Clinton, as saying.

"The president said to me the other day, 'I'm going to win reelection, and then I'm done," she added.

In fact, at a fundraiser, Obama himself suggested that he would win in 2012.

"We're just a quarter of the way through, and we've got to make sure that we finish our task," said Obama.

But asked whether Obama is taking reelection "for granted," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney flatly said no.

"I can assure you that he is not at all. When it comes to the coming election, he's taking absolutely nothing for granted. And he understands very well that we live in a very competitive political environment," he said.

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