Hillary Clinton played it safe in her first public appearance since leaving her post as the nation’s chief diplomat, keeping a 12-minute address in Washington Tuesday night focused on women’s rights.

The Associated Press account notes reciprocal praise between Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden.  Both spoke at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, hosted at Washington’s Kennedy Center.

But the AP’s Charles Babington leaves the most colorful quote for the fifth graph of his filing:

If Clinton has any jealousy, she didn’t show it. She praised Biden effusively, especially for his role in Congress’ recent renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.

Biden returned the compliment a half-hour later, after Clinton had left the stage, telling the mostly female audience of more than 2,000 that “there’s no woman like Hillary Clinton.”

Clinton’s next public speech is Friday at the Women in the World Summit in New York.