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5 revelations from Hillary Clinton's new memoir (things got awkward with Obama)

June 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM ET

Few memoirs have been as hotly anticipated as Hillary Clinton's "Hard Choices," due out on June 10th. NBC obtained a copy ahead of the upcoming release, and on TODAY Friday, Kelly O'Donnell reported on the details the former Secretary of State reveals.

Here are just five of the things we learned from the potential 2016 presidential candidate:

  • She predicted the controversy over the release of Bowe Bergdahl: On trying but not winning his release in early discussions for the prisoner's swap, she writes, "...opening the door to negotiations with the Taliban would be hard to swallow for many Americans." 
  • She had a top-secret and incredibly awkward meeting with former rival President Obama in 2008: "We stared at each other like two teenagers on an awkward first date, taking a few sips of Chardonnay."
  • She declined to back up a "dismissive statement" made in 2008 by the Obama campaign about vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin: "I was not going to attack Palin just for being a woman appealing for support from other women."
  • She regrets her decision to backtrack on her 2002 vote to authorize the use of military force in Iraq: On the move that devastated her chances in the 2008 primary she writes, "I got it wrong. Plain and simple."
  • Watching the Bin Laden raid unfold was one of the highlights of her tenure in the White House: "I looked at the President. He was calm. Rarely have I been prouder to serve by his side as I was that day."

Tune in to TODAY next week for an interview with Hillary Clinton. 

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