This could make 2016 interesting.
A new book by veteran journalist Edward Klein brings out a story of intense personal dislike between the two power couples of the Democratic Party: Bill and Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.
In “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas,” that personal dislike is very intense indeed, particularly from the Bill Clinton part of the equation.
The book is being excerpted this week and next in the New York Post.
Here are some tidbits:
“I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who ever lived,” Bill Clinton said to friends on one occasion, adding he would never forgive Obama for suggesting he was a racist during the 2008 campaign.
Even more than Newt Gingrich? Ken Starr?
“I really can’t stand the way Obama always seems to be hectoring when he talks to me,” Clinton added … “Now we both have favors to ask each other, and it’s going to be very unpleasant. But I’ve got to get this guy to owe me and to be on our side.”
Bill, he hectors everybody.
But the book makes clear the feeling is mutual.
On most evenings, Michelle Obama and her trusted adviser, Valerie Jarrett, met in a quiet corner of the White House residence. They’d usually open a bottle of Chardonnay, catch up on news about Sasha and Malia, and gossip about people who gave them heartburn.
Their favorite bête noire was Hillary Clinton, whom they nicknamed “Hildebeest,” after the menacing and shaggy-maned gnu that roams the Serengeti.
And for more high-school antics at the top of the United States government, check out this detail from a small social gathering that took place at the White House in 2012. The sequester had just started, according to Klein, and Obama asked what Bill Clinton thought of its political fallout.
As Bill Clinton went on about his managerial experience, Obama began playing with his Blackberry under the table, making it plain that he wasn’t paying attention to anything Clinton had to say. He was intentionally snubbing Clinton. Others around the table noticed Obama thumbing his Blackberry, and the atmosphere turned even colder than before.
This isn’t Klein’s first trip to the rodeo. His previous books include “The Amateur” in 2012, a none-too-flattering look at Obama in the White House, and “The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President.”
“The Truth About Hillary” was published in 2005, when the former first lady was the rising star of Democratic presidential aspirations. In 2014, she’s in the same position, trying to succeed the man who defeated her the last time she tried.
If this is how the Obamas and Clintons really feel about each other, batten down the hatches for 2016.
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