A look inside the complex relationship between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, 2 of the most powerful people on the planet

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Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton react to the crowd as she endorses Obama in person and campaigns with him for the first time in the town of Unity, New Hampshire, June 27, 2008.
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President Barack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton in a Thursday afternoon video posted to the presumptive Democratic nominee’s YouTube account.

“I know how hard this job can be. That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it. I don’t think anyone has been more qualified for this office,” Obama said.

Clinton welcomed Obama’s endorsement, saying it “means the world” to her that her former rival has her back in the 2016 campaign, Clinton told Reuters.

“It is absolutely a joy and an honor that President Obama and I, over the years, have gone from fierce competitors to true friends,” Clinton said.

President Obama will begin campaigning with Clinton next week in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Below are 23 photos of two of the most powerful people in American politics.


Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton laugh near the end of the CNN/Los Angeles Times Democratic presidential debate in Hollywood, California.

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Then US Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton pose for photographers prior to the CNN/Los Angeles Times Democratic presidential debate in Hollywood, California January 31, 2008.

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Then US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama listens to Hillary Clinton on a plane after leaving Washington June 27, 2008.

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Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton react to the crowd as she endorses Obama in person and campaigns with him for the first time in the town of Unity, New Hampshire, June 27, 2008.

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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton enter their campaign event in the town of Unity, New Hampshire, June 27, 2008.

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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton wave at a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida, October 20, 2008.

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Hillary Clinton leaves a news conference arm-in-arm with then President-elect Barack Obama after being announced as his choice for US Secretary of State in Chicago December 1, 2008.

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President Barack Obama talks with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shortly after she was confirmed and sworn, in the Oval Office of the White House on January 21, 2009.

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President Barack Obama walks with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton outside the Oval Office following their meeting April 9, 2009.

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President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak together sitting at a picnic table April 9, 2009, on the South Lawn of the White House.

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President Barack Obama holds a Homeland Security Council meeting to discuss H1N1 flu in the Cabinet Room May 1, 2009, including Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tour the Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo on June 4, 2009.

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President Barack Obama kisses Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after his speech about healthcare reform before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 9, 2009.

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Jason Reed/Reuters

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leave the Oval Office after a meeting on June 22, 2009.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton congratulates President Barack Obama on the House vote to pass health care reform, prior to a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, March 22, 2010.

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President Barack Obama talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following the expanded delegation bilateral meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, April 8, 2010.

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President Obama, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Former US President Bill Clinton attend a memorial service for Ambassador Richard Holbrooke on January 14, 2011 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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President Barack Obama walks along the Colonnade of the White House with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after making a statement on the situation in Libya, Feb. 23, 2011.

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President Obama along with the national security team monitor in real time the mission against Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011.

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President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wave as they arrive at Yangon International airport during his historical first visit to the country on November 19, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar.

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Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama share a smile for photographers.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton points at the camera after accidentally dropping all of her briefing papers onto the Oval Office rug.

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President Barack Obama has lunch with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the patio outside the Oval Office, July 29, 2013.

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