Bill urged Hillary to unseat Obama in a primary challenge. Called Obama an amateur and incompetent

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    Jun 04, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
    In a separate interview, author Ed Klein said two people at the meeting gave him the information. In the interview, Klein also quoted Clinton in addition to calling Obama an amateur, said he surrounded himself with economic advisors who did not understand the real economy. After the book was published, the people who provided the information to Klein did not claim to have been misquoted. Not surprising. Bill Clinton has been telegraphing his opinion of Obama calling Romney's business record "sterling".

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/bill_blockbuster_an_amateur_XJHYdaV5LT1vpr5I39IKrN

    Bill blockbuster: O’s an ‘amateur’ By Carl Campanile

    Bill Clinton thought so little of President Obama — mocking him as an “amateur” — that he pressed his wife last summer to quit her job as secretary of state and challenge him in the primaries, a new book claims,

    “The country needs you!” the former president told Hillary Clinton, urging her to run this year, according to accounts of the conversation included in Edward Klein’s new biography of Obama.

    The title of Klein’s explosive, unauthorized bio of Obama, “The Amateur” (Regnery Publishing), was taken directly from Bill Clinton’s bombshell criticism of the president, the author said.

    “Barack Obama,” Bill Clinton said, according to book excerpts, “is an amateur.”

    The withering criticism is incredible, given the fact that Bill Clinton is actively campaigning for Obama’s re-election.

    But according to the book, Bill Clinton unloaded on Obama and pressed Hillary to run against her boss during a gathering in the ex-president’s home office in Chappaqua last August that included longtime friends, Klein said.

    “The economy’s a mess, it’s dead flat. America has lost its Triple-A rating . . . You know better than Obama does,” Bill said.

    Bill Clinton insisted he had “no relationship” with Obama and had been consulted more frequently by his presidential successor, George W. Bush.

    Obama, Bill Clinton said, “doesn’t know how to be president” and is “incompetent.”

    But Hillary resisted the entreaties, according to two of the guests interviewed for the book.

    “Why risk everything now?” a skeptical Hillary told her husband, emphasizing that she wanted to leave a legacy as secretary of state.

    “Because,” Bill replied, his voice rising, “the country needs you!”

    “The country needs us!” added Bill.

    He later even joked about the prospect of having two Clinton presidential libraries — about the only time that Hillary cracked a smile.

    “I want my term [at the State Department] to be an important one, and running away from it now would leave it as a footnote,” Hillary argued.

    She said she had the option of running again in 2016.

    But Bill wouldn’t let go.

    “I know you’re young enough!” Bill said, his voice booming. “That’s not what I’m worried about. I’m worried that I’m not young enough.”

    “I’m the highest-ranking member in Obama’s Cabinet. I eat breakfast with the guy every Thursday morning. What about loyalty, Bill? What about loyalty?” she responded.

    “Loyalty is a joke,’’ Bill shot back. “Loyalty doesn’t exist in politics.”

    Bill’s verbal battle with Hillary over the presidency, if anything, intensified when daughter Chelsea showed up with her husband, Marc Mezvinsky.

    “You deserve to be president,” Chelsea said.

    Bill was clearly pleased that Chelsea was on his side and vowed to have allies commission polls on a Hillary-Obama matchup.

    “What are you trying to do — force my hand?” Hillary said.

    “I want everyone to know how strong you poll,” Bill said.

    Hillary said, “Go ahead and knock yourself out.”

    The book’s explosive claims were shot down last night by spokesmen for the White House and the Clintons, who closed ranks last night.

    Bill Clinton’s spokesman Matt McKenna said the excerpts were “totally and completely false” and called Klein “a known liar.”

    Phillipe Reines, a spokesman for the secretary of state, noted that Hillary Clinton challenged the veracity of an earlier book Klein wrote about her, “Truth About Hillary.”

    White House spokesman Eric Schultz accused Klein of making up facts to sell books.

    “Nobody in their right mind would believe the nonsense in this one, especially since both Secretary Clinton and President Clinton have been loyal and supportive of the president at every turn.”

    Klein, a former editor of The New York Times Magazine and Newsweek, defended the book and his earlier one as factually sound.

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    Amusing is the review from the NY Times. It doesn't refute the points in the book, but it is full of snide, bitter comments from a liberal who evidently sees the writing on the wall. Enjoy this one too.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/books/edward-kleins-invective-laden-obama-book.html
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    Jun 04, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
    Ouch.
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    Jun 04, 2012 5:34 AM GMT
    Doing a quick search on Google, it's interesting that none of the mainstream outlets other than Fox is covering it - but at the same time, Klein did severely discredit himself in the past. Great claims require great evidence... it's too bad the rest of the media doesn't follow this standard when it comes Republicans...

    But that's also why they chose not to follow up on what happened with John Edwards. Then again, it's perhaps a bit telling of the kinds of people they hire when Klein was an editor at both Newsweek and the NYT.
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    Jun 04, 2012 9:56 AM GMT
    Without the friends at the meeting coming forward, it is hard to know for certain what was discussed. But for the White House spokesman to deny it is interesting as White House personnel were not there. True, Hillary's spokesman denied it, but the White House also indicates a coordinated effort to refute it. Given Bill Clinton's public comments praising Romney's business credentials, calling them "sterling", it is clear he does not agree with or respect Obama's opinion, so the conversations reported are certainly plausible.
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    Jun 04, 2012 10:00 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidWithout the friends at the meeting coming forward, it is hard to know for certain what was discussed. But for the White House spokesman to deny it is interesting as White House personnel were not there. True, Hillary's spokesman denied it, but the White House also indicates a coordinated effort to refute it. Given Bill Clinton's public comments praising Romney's business credentials, calling them "sterling", it is clear he does not agree with or respect Obama's opinion, so the conversations reported are certainly plausible.



    AND, STILL, LIKE A TYPICAL REPUBLICAN, YOU PRESENT IT AS FACT.
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    Jun 04, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidDoing a quick search on Google, it's interesting that none of the mainstream outlets other than Fox is covering it - but at the same time, Klein did severely discredit himself in the past. Great claims require great evidence... it's too bad the rest of the media doesn't follow this standard when it comes Republicans...

    But that's also why they chose not to follow up on what happened with John Edwards. Then again, it's perhaps a bit telling of the kinds of people they hire when Klein was an editor at both Newsweek and the NYT.



    That's it.
    Blame the "left wing" press.

    Ever hear of WHITEWATER ?
    Ever hear of TRAVEL GATE ?
    Ever hear of VINCE FOSTER ?
    Ever hear of Bill Clinton's infamous BLOWJOB ?
    Ever hear of Bill Clinton's IMPEACHMENT TRIAL ?

    There was wall to wall coverage of all of these DEMOCRATIC topics.

    What's there to follow up on John Edwards ?
    He was charged, tried, and absolved by a jury of his peers.
    And, ALL of the main stream press reported it.


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    Jun 04, 2012 10:09 PM GMT
    Hillary should have challenged Obama. At least someone should have on the Democratic side.
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    Jun 04, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    Jasonfest saidHillary should have challenged Obama. At least someone should have on the Democratic side.


    She did. In a primary that she lost.
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    Jun 04, 2012 10:19 PM GMT
    Christian73 said
    Jasonfest saidHillary should have challenged Obama. At least someone should have on the Democratic side.


    She did. In a primary that she lost.


    Very true. But second time's the charm.