Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump defends indicted GOP congressman GOP lawmaker says he expects to be indicted over FBI investigation Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on MORE said Monday night that her favorite president ever is Abraham Lincoln, with apologies to the two living presidents she’s closest to.

Speaking at a Democratic forum in Iowa, the 2016 candidate was asked who her favorite commander in chief is, with the stipulation that she could only choose one.


“Sorry President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEmanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Public officials are under physical and digital siege We must protect and support our health care safety net MORE, sorry Bill — Abraham Lincoln,” Clinton said, nixing both her husband, Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe Memo: Powell ended up on losing side of GOP fight A pandemic of hyper-hypocrisy is infecting American politics Is Wall Street serving its own interests by supporting China's? MORE, and the current leader of the free world, Barack Obama, under whom she served as secretary of State.

“Here was a man who was a real politician — a great statesman — but he understood politics and had to work to hold the country together during the war,” the former first lady said of the 16th U.S. president. “And while he was prosecuting that war to keep America together, he was building America which I find to be an astonishing part of his legacy.”

Clinton said the current political atmosphere might not be as polarized had Lincoln not been assassinated.

“I don’t know what our country would be like if he hadn’t been murdered, but I bet it would be a little less rancorous and a little more forgiving and tolerant,” she said.