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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 17: President Barack Obama and oldest daughter Malia return to the White House on August 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. The president is taking a break from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard to attend a series of meetings at the White House. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and daughter Malia step soff Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on August 18, 2014 as he returns to Washington for two days. Obama will resume his vacation at Martha's Vineyard on August 19. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama goes biking with his wife Michelle (R) and daughter Malia at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 15, 2014 during their annual summer vacation on the island. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama goes biking with his daughter Malia at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 15, 2014 during their annual summer vacation on the island. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
EDGARTOWN, MA - AUGUST 14: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a press briefing at the Edgartown School on August 14, 2014 in Edgartown, Massachusetts. The president, vacationing on the island, spoke about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and Iraq. (Photo by Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images)
Former NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, left, and President Barack Obama, right, ride in a golf cart while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. In a rare move for him, the president planned a break in the middle of his Martha's Vineyard vacation to return to Washington Sunday night for unspecified meetings with Vice President Joe Biden and other advisers. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Two people on a motor scooter, left, drive by as law enforcement officials from Secret Service and Massachusetts State Police stand outside State Road Restaurant where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have dinner with friends, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in West Tisbury, Mass. President Obama is staying on Martha's Vineyard for what is expected to be a two-week summer vacation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
President Barack Obama tees off while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club, in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. President Obama is taking a two-week summer vacation on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
CHILMARK, MA - AUGUIST 11: President Barack Obama speaks briefly at a news conference on Iraq August 11, 2014 in Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The president, vacationing on the island, called for the formation of a new government in Iraq and said the U.S. had successfully flown military sorties against Islamist extremists and had conducted humanitarian relief missions, according to published reports. (Photo by Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama (hidden) and daughter Malia (L) make their way to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on August 9, 2014 as he departs for vacation at Martha's Vineyard, Massachussets. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama chats with former NFL player Ahmad Rashad as they play golf at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 9, 2014, on the first day of the president's yearly summer vacation on the island. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement on the situation in Iraq at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
CHILMARK, MA - AUGUIST 11: President Barack Obama speaks briefly at a news conference on Iraq August 11, 2014 in Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The president, vacationing on the island, called for the formation of a new government in Iraq and said the U.S. had successfully flown military sorties against Islamist extremists and had conducted humanitarian relief missions, according to published reports. (Photo by Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images)
CHILMARK, MA - AUGUIST 11: President Barack Obama arrives to speak briefly at a news conference on Iraq August 11, 2014 in Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The president, vacationing on the island, called for the formation of a new government in Iraq and said the U.S. had successfully flown military sorties against Islamist extremists and had conducted humanitarian relief missions, according to published reports. (Photo by Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images)
CHILMARK, MA - AUGUIST 11: President Barack Obama arrives to speak briefly at a news conference on Iraq August 11, 2014 in Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The president, vacationing on the island, called for the formation of a new government in Iraq and said the U.S. had successfully flown military sorties against Islamist extremists and had conducted humanitarian relief missions, according to published reports. (Photo by Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 11 : Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is seen while talking on the phone with United States President Barack Obama in Kiev, Ukraine on August 11, 2014. United States President Barack Obama has discussed the planned aid missions to eastern Ukraine with the countrys President Petro Poroshenko. (Photo by Ukrainian Presidency / Mikhail Palinchak/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MA - AUGUST 10: The Presidential motorcade heads back up island to Chilmark with Barack Obama after he played a round of golf at the Farm Neck Golf Club. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MA - AUGUST 10: The Presidential motorcade makes its way across the island with President Barack Obama as it heads to Farm Neck Golf club. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MARTHA'S VINEYARD, MA - AUGUST 10: A crowd at Farm Neck Golf Club try to get a view of the Presidential motorcade as it prepares to leave. President Obama played another round of golf on his second day of vacation. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
A Massachusetts State policeman stands guard as the motorcade of US President Barack Obama leaves their vacation residence at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 11, 2014 as the family departs for the beach on the third day of their yearly summer vacation. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
OAK BLUFFS, MA - AUGUST 09: President Barack Obama picks up a club while playing a round of golf with Ray Allen at the Farm Neck Golf Club on August 9, 2014 in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. The Obama's are vacationing on the island for two weeks. (Photo by Matthew Healey-Pool/Getty Images)
OAK BLUFFS, MA - AUGUST 09: President Barack Obama lines up a putt on the first green at the Farm Neck Golf Club on August 9, 2014 in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. The Obama's are vacationing on the island for two weeks. (Photo by Matthew Healey-Pool/Getty Images)
WEST TISBURY, MA - AUGUST 09: Members of the U.S. Secret Service walk out of Marine One after arriving at the Martha's Vineyard Airport on August 9, 2014 in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. The Obama's are vacationing on the island for two weeks. (Photo by Matthew Healey-Pool/Getty Images)
WEST TISBURY, MA - AUGUST 09: First Lady Michelle Obama walks out of Marine One after arriving at the Martha's Vineyard Airport on August 9, 2014 in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. The Obama's are vacationing on the island for two weeks. (Photo by Matthew Healey-Pool/Getty Images)
WEST TISBURY, MA - AUGUST 09: President Barack Obama and daughter Malia Obama, 16, walk out of Marine One after arriving at the Martha's Vineyard Airport on August 9, 2014 in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. The Obama's are vacationing on the island for two weeks. (Photo by Matthew Healey-Pool/Getty Images)
WEST TISBURY, MA - AUGUST 09: President Barack Obama and daughter Malia Obama, 16, walk out of Marine One after arriving at the Martha's Vineyard Airport on August 9, 2014 in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. The Obama's are vacationing on the island for two weeks. (Photo by Matthew Healey-Pool/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia arrive at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station in Massachusetts on August 9, 2014 before departing for their vacation at Martha's Vineyard. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama arrives at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 9, 2014 where they will spend their yearly summer vacation. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama delivers a statement before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on August 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. France and Britain have agreed to support US humanitarian efforts to help tens of thousands of civilians besieged by militants on a mountain in Iraq, President Obama said Saturday. 'Both leaders expressed strong support for actions and agreed to join us in providing humanitarian assistance to Iraqis suffering so much,' Obama told reporters at the White House after speaking by telephone with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama delivers a statement before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on August 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. France and Britain have agreed to support US humanitarian efforts to help tens of thousands of civilians besieged by militants on a mountain in Iraq, President Obama said Saturday. 'Both leaders expressed strong support for actions and agreed to join us in providing humanitarian assistance to Iraqis suffering so much,' Obama told reporters at the White House after speaking by telephone with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 09: U.S. President Barack Obama (C), first lady Michelle Obama (R) and their oldest daughter Malia Obama (L) walk out of the White House before boarding Marine One August 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama delivered a statement about the ongoing U.S. military actions and humanitarian drops in northern Iraq before he and his family traveled to Martha's Vineyard for a two-week vacation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 09: (L-R) First lady Michelle Obama, U.S. President Barack Obama and their oldest daughter Malia Obama walk across the South Lawn before boarding Marine One at the White House August 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama delivered a statement about the ongoing U.S. military actions and humanitarian drops in northern Iraq before he and his family traveled to Martha's Vineyard for a two-week vacation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
A sign welcoming the Obama family to Martha's Vineyard is seen from the press van en route to listen to President Barack Obama speak about developments in Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Chilmark, Mass., during his family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama walks away from a podium after speaking about developments in Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, from Chilmark, Mass., during his family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Presidential dog Bo walks on the tarmac after deplaning Air Force One at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station in Bourne, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, en route to the island of Martha's Vineyard for a vacation with members of the first family. President Barack Obama starts a two-week summer vacation as the U.S. is engaged in airstrikes against Islamic militant targets in Iraq. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Air Force One, with President Barack Obama and the first family aboard, flies over the area of Cape Cod, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, en route to Martha's Vineyard fora two-week summer vacation, which comes as the U.S. is engaged in airstrikes against Islamic militant targets in Iraq. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama walks with daughter Malia Obama, left, and first lady Michelle Obama, right, as they exit Air Force One at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station in Bourne, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, en route to family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard which comes as the U.S. is engaged in airstrikes against Islamic militant targets in Iraq. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Marine One carrying US President Barack Obama and daughter Malia prepares to take off from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on August 18, 2014 as he returns to Washington for two days. Obama will resume his vacation at Martha's Vineyard on August 19. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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By NEDRA PICKLER

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton's spokesman says the former secretary of state is not trying to attack President Barack Obama's foreign policy by voicing some differences and looks forward to "hugging it out" with her ex-boss at any upcoming party.

The spokesman, Nick Merrill, says Clinton called Obama on Tuesday after giving an interview that distanced her from some of his foreign policy.

Merrill says while they've had some differences, "They do not eclipse their broad agreement on most issues."

The two plan to attend a party on Martha's Vineyard on Wednesday night for Ann Jordan, wife of Democratic adviser Vernon Jordan.

Merrill says that "like any two friends who have to deal with the public eye, she looks forward to hugging it out when they see each other."

The AP earlier reported:

President Barack Obama will spend a bit of his summer vacation with Hillary Rodham Clinton, a get-together that comes amid signs that the former secretary of state is seeking to distance herself from Obama's foreign policy ahead of a possible 2016 White House bid.

The White House said the president, along with first lady Michelle Obama, planned to see Clinton Wednesday at a party on Martha's Vineyard for Ann Jordan, wife of Democratic adviser Vernon Jordan. Clinton is on the Massachusetts island for a memoir-signing session at a bookstore, while the Obamas are in the midst of a two-week vacation.

It was unclear whether former President Bill Clinton also planned to attend the party.

In an interview published last weekend, the former secretary of state drew the sharpest distinctions yet from Obama in a rebuke of his cautious approach to global crises. "Great nations need organizing principles, and `don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle," Clinton said in a weekend magazine interview, referring to a version of the phrase Obama and his advisers have used privately to describe his approach to foreign policy.

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INDIANOLA, IA - SEPTEMBER 14: Former President Bill Clinton speaks to a large gathering at the 37th Harkin Steak Fry, September 14, 2014 in Indianola, Iowa. This is the last year for the high-profile political event as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) plans to retire. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)
INDIANOLA, IA - SEPTEMBER 14: Former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attend the 37th Harkin Steak Fry, September 14, 2014 in Indianola, Iowa. This is the last year for the high-profile political event as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) plans to retire. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)
INDIANOLA, IA - SEPTEMBER 14: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) greet the crowd as they arrive onstage at the 37th Harkin Steak Fry, September 14, 2014 in Indianola, Iowa. This is the last year for the high-profile political event as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) plans to retire. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)
INDIANOLA, IA - SEPTEMBER 14: Former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attend the 37th Harkin Steak Fry, September 14, 2014 in Indianola, Iowa. This is the last year for the high-profile political event as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) plans to retire. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)
INDIANOLA, IA - SEPTEMBER 14: Former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton along with U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and a host of Democrats on the 2014 ballot, greet the crown at the 37th Harkin Steak Fry, September 14, 2014 in Indianola, Iowa. This is the last year for the high-profile political event as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) plans to retire. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)
INDIANOLA, IA - SEPTEMBER 14: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to a large gathering at the 37th Harkin Steak Fry, September 14, 2014 in Indianola, Iowa. This is the last year for the high-profile political event as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) plans to retire. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)
INDIANOLA, IA - SEPTEMBER 14: Former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ruth Harkin share a light moment during the 37th Harkin Steak Fry, September 14, 2014 in Indianola, Iowa. This is the last year for the high-profile political event as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) plans to retire. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)
Former Sec. of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin work the grill during Harkin's annual fundraising Steak Fry, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Former Sec. of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraising Steak Fry, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraising Steak Fry, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Former President Bill Clinton speaks during U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraising Steak Fry, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Former Sec. of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraising Steak Fry, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Dick Furinash, of Liberty Center, Iowa, walks with cutouts of former Sec. of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton during U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraising Steak Fry, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraising Steak Fry, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives to sign her book 'Hards Choices' at the Bunch of Grapes bookstore on Martha's Vineyard on August 13, 2014. Clinton on August 12 denied attacking US President Barack Obama over his foreign policy in Syria and Iraq, insisting she was looking forward to 'hugging it out' with the US leader when they meet at a party later this week. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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In this July 15, 2014, photo, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts to host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," in New York. As Clinton promotes her book, liberals in the Democratic party are elbowing into the 2016 presidential conversation while pitching populist messages on the economy and immigration. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures while speaking to host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts to host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Commenting on the size of the drinks at Arthur Bryant's Barbecue restaurant, President Barrack Obama (middle), prepared to sit down to talk and eat with Victor Fugate (left), Mark Turner, and Becky Forrest (right) during a visit to Kansas City on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
President Barrack Obama holds an executive order he signed mandating that federal contractors be required to raise the minimum wage they pay their workers to $10.10, at the end of an appearance at the US Steel's Mon Valley Works in West Mifflin, Pa., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures while speaking to host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts to host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media after he "doused eleven flames" as he tours the Shwedagon Pagoda with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. This is the first visit to Myanmar by a sitting U.S. president. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts to host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One before his departure from the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport, Air Reserve Station in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, June 27, 2014, for a flight back to Washington. This was the first in a series of Day-in-the-Life visits he plans to make across the country this summer. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts to host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
President Barack Obama speaks at a memorial service for the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting at Marine Barracks Washington Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A gunman killed 12 people in the Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, before being fatally shot in a gun battle with law enforcement. The president and first lady Michelle Obama also visited with the victims' families. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama walks from the stage after speaking during a memorial service for the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting at Marine Barracks Washington, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Washington. A gunman killed 12 people in the Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, before being fatally shot in a gun battle with law enforcement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 20: Hillary Rodham Clinton appears on stage during 'A Conversation With Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton' at the Long Center on June 20, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - APRIL 27: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech during a townhall session with the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) at Universiti Malaya on April 27, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The U.S. President is on an Asian tour where he is due to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Philippines. (Photo by Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 20: Hillary Rodham Clinton appears on stage during 'A Conversation With Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton' at the Long Center on June 20, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive for the Marine Barracks Evening Parade, Friday, June 27, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 20: Hillary Rodham Clinton appears on stage during 'A Conversation With Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton' at the Long Center on June 20, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
AP10ThingsToSee - President Barack Obama hugs a family member of a victim of the Washington Navy Yard shooting at Marine Barracks in Washington during a memorial service Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. A gunman killed 12 people in the Navy Yard on Sept. 16 before being fatally shot in a gun battle with law enforcement. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signs copies of her new book "Hard Choices," her recounting of her time as President Barack Obama’s top diplomat, at a book signing event at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
FILE - This June 16, 2014 file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reacting to a customer at a signing for her new book "Hard Choices," at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Mass. Clinton’s “Hard Choices” sold well enough during its first week to make it among the year’s most popular nonfiction books. But its opening was also far slower than that for her previous memoir, "Living History." According to Simon & Schuster, "Hard Choices" has sold more than 100,000 copies since coming out June 10. By comparison, first week sales in 2003 for “Living History” were around 600,000 copies. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
Former Secretary of State HiIlary Rodham Clinton speaks with people while signing copies of her new book "Hard Choices," at Harvard Book Store, Monday, June 16, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photo with her new book "Hard Choices," her recounting of her time as President Barack Obama’s top diplomat, at a book signing event at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event to discuss her new book in Washington, Friday, June 13, 2014. Clinton discussed choices and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how these experiences drive her view of the future. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
Hillary Clinton participates in a conversation about her career in government and her new book, "Hard Choices.," at the Council on Foreign Relations, in New York, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Clinton says what is happening in Iraq is “a dreadful, deteriorating situation.” The former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential contender weighed in Thursday on the al-Qaida-inspired group that led this week's capture of key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton answers a question from the crowd during an appearance to promote her new book, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 06: Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States (R), speaks next to Christoph Amend, editor in chief of Zeit Magazin, during the presentation of the German translation of her book 'Hard Choices' ('Entscheidungen' in German) at the Staatsoper in the Schiller Theater on July 6, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27: (L-R) First lady Michelle Obama, daughter Sasha Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama attend the Marine Barracks Evening Parade on June 27, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Marine Barracks Evening Parade is a tradition held in Washington and is in it's 57th year. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event to discuss her new book in Washington, Friday, June 13, 2014. Clinton discussed choices and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how these experiences drive her view of the future. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27: (L-R) First lady Michelle Obama, daughter Sasha Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama attend the Marine Barracks Evening Parade on June 27, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Marine Barracks Evening Parade is a tradition held in Washington and is in it's 57th year. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waits to speak at the World Bank May 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim joined others to speak about women's rights. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama, right, walks with Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state, left, and Derek Mitchell, U.S. ambassador to Myanmar, after arriving at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar, on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Obama hailed Myanmar's shift to democracy and urged more steps to increase freedom in the first visit to the former military regime by a U.S. president. Photographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) gestures as US President Barack Obama (2nd R) finishes a meeting with Myanmar's President Thein Sein (R) at the regional parliament building in Yangon on November 19, 2012. Obama met Myanmar's reformist leader Thein Sein during a landmark visit to Yangon aimed at encouraging political reforms. AFP PHOTO / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (L) and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (2nd L) walk past US representatives including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) during a welcoming ceremony at Government House in Bangkok on November 18, 2012. President Barack Obama arrived in Asia on November 18 to intensify a US foreign policy pivot towards the fast-rising region on his first overseas trip since re-election, including a landmark visit to Myanmar. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Asked for her organizing principle, she replied: "Peace, progress and prosperity. This worked for a very long time."

Clinton wrapped her critiques in expressions of respect for the president and sympathy for the tough global decisions he grapples with from the Oval Office. On Monday, a vacation day for Obama, he dealt with issues involving Iraq, Ukraine, Gaza, Syria, as well as terrorism and Ebola in Africa.

"He's thoughtful, he's incredibly smart, and able to analyze a lot of different factors that are all moving at the same time," she said. "I think he is cautious because he knows what he inherited, both the two wars and the economic front, and he has expended a lot of capital and energy trying to pull us out of the hole we're in."

In a wide-ranging interview published on The Atlantic's website, Clinton offered an uncompromising defense of Israel's battle against Hamas in Gaza and argued against Obama's decision not to build up a rebel fighting force to confront Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Clinton previously described her advocacy for the Syrian rebellion in "Hard Choices," her memoir about her time leading the State Department. Obama has said supporting the rebels would not have stopped al-Qaida-inspired groups from rampaging across Syria and inside Iraq today.

Clinton and then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reportedly argued for arming the rebels who first stood up to Assad three years ago. Since then, the question of "arming the rebels" has become more complicated, as fighters linked to al-Qaida and other fundamentalist Islamist groups have joined the rebellion.

She told The Atlantic she can't say definitively that her recommendations as secretary of state would have made a difference, but "the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled."

The White House declined to respond to Clinton's comments, but said her team gave them a heads-up before the interview was published.

Clinton, who lost to Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, has not said definitively whether she will run in 2016. But her decision to sit down for an in-depth interview about her foreign policy vision and to distinguish herself from the unpopular incumbent for whom she worked is the latest signal she's seriously preparing for a bid.

Republicans say she won't be able to escape that she carried out Obama's foreign policy for his first term without public complaint. "Hillary Clinton spent four years executing Barack Obama's foreign policy, and in year five of Obama's term it's ridiculous for Hillary to try to swindle voters into thinking what's happening around the world isn't a product of Obama-Hillary diplomacy," Republican National Committee spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski said in response to Clinton's interview.

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AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace contributed to this report.

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