"Here's what I'll say. Both Hillary and Joe-- would make outstanding presidents-- and possess the qualities that are needed-- to be-- outstanding presidents," Obama said according to a transcript of the interview. "They-- I think Joe Biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents-- ever. And he has been with me, at my side, in every tough decision that I've made from-- goin' after Bin Laden to-- dealin' with the health care issues to, you name it, he's been there."
"Hillary, I think will go down in history as one of the finest secretaries of state we've ever had," Obama continued. "And helped to transition us away from a deep hole that we were in when-- I first came into office-- around the world. And to rebuild confidence and trust in the United States. And they've got they've got different strengths, but both of them would-- would be outstanding. I'd say that the most important qualities- of any president (and I'm not necessarily saying I have these qualities, 'cause I'm speakin' historically)-- I think has to do wit more than anything a sense of connection with the American people."