Tensions were high in the Clinton household in August 2011 when Bill insisted Hillary challenge Barack Obama for the White House in 2012 and she adamantly refused.
Eventually, though, a deal was struck between the Clintons and Obama: For Obama’s support of Hillary for president in 2016, Bill would suck up his loathing of Obama and support him in 2012. Which explains a lot, as you will see.
The updated paperback version of New York Times bestselling author Edward Klein’s May 2012 book, “The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House,” comes out Monday, and Klein summarized Bill’s 2011 rant in an article for the New York Post:
“I’ve heard more from Bush, asking for my advice, than I’ve heard from Obama,” my sources quoted Clinton as saying. “I have no relationship with the president — none whatsoever. Obama doesn’t know how to be president. He doesn’t know how the world works. He’s incompetent. He’s an amateur!”
According to over 200 interviews conducted by Klein for his book on the incompetency and arrogance of Obama, Obama did not want Bill upstaging him during the campaign season.
It was advisor David Axelrod, though, who “convinced the president that he needed Bill Clinton’s mojo,” late last summer.
So Bill gave the nominating speech at the Democratic Convention, with the quid pro quo that Obama would endorse Hillary as his successor.
What do you think happened after Obama’s reelection? Obama started having “second thoughts,” Klein wrote. Obama said he “would prefer to stay neutral in the next election, as is traditional of outgoing presidents.”
According to Klein’s Post article, Bill was not happy:
Bill Clinton went ballistic and threatened retaliation. Obama backed down. He called his favorite journalist, Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes,” and offered an unprecedented “farewell interview” with departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The result was a slobbering televised love-in — and an embarrassment to all concerned.
It is just one of the debacles that have marked Obama’s second term, from Benghazi to the IRS scandal. While he was effective on the campaign trail, once in the Oval Office, he becomes a different person, one who derives no joy from the cut and thrust of day-to-day politics and who is inept in the arts of management and governance.
Obama has made a lot of promises — and nothing ever happened.
Of course, whether Hillary runs or will even want Obama’s support by 2016 remains to be seen.
Nevertheless, Klein’s updated book is still a must-read.
It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times bestselling author Edward Klein in his new political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance have run our nation and his presidency off the rails. “Obama was both completely inexperienced and ideologically far to the left of Americans when he entered the White House,” says Klein. “And he was so arrogant that he didn’t even know what he didn’t know.” Klein, who is known for getting the inside scoop on everyone from the Kennedys to the Clintons, reveals never-before-published details about the Obama administration’s political inner workings and about Barack and Michelle’s personal lives…
From Obama’s conceited and detached demeanor, to his detrimental reliance on Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett’s advice, to the Obamas’ extravagant and out-of-touch lifestyle, The Amateur reveals a president whose blatant ignorance and incompetence is sabotaging himself, his presidency, and America.