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June 2, 2013 - 2:55 pm

The author of a new book on the Obama White House claims that Bill Clinton made a deal with Barack Obama that the president would endorse Hillary in 2016 in exchange for the former president’s enthusiastic support for Obama’s re-election.

Edward Klein’s The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House has now come out in paperback and the author wrote an op-ed in the New York Post that contains the explosive allegation:

Bill Clinton’s animosity toward Obama is legendary. A year before the last election, he was urging Hillary to challenge the sitting president for the nomination — a move she rejected.

According to two people who attended that meeting in Chappaqua, Bill Clinton then went on a rant against Obama.

“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!”

For his part, Obama wasn’t interested in Bill Clinton upstaging him during the presidential campaign. He resisted giving him any role at the convention.

But as last summer wore on, and Democrat enthusiasm waned, chief political strategist David Axelrod convinced the president that he needed Bill Clinton’s mojo.

A deal was struck: Clinton would give the key nominating speech at the convention, and a full-throated endorsement of Obama. In exchange, Obama would endorse Hillary Clinton as his successor.

Clinton’s speech was as promised; columnists pointed out the surprising enthusiasm in which he described the president. It also lived up to Obama’s fears, as more people talked about Clinton’s speech in the weeks following than his own.

But after his re-election, Obama began to have second thoughts. He would prefer to stay neutral in the next election, as is traditional of outgoing presidents.

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.

Bill Clinton has never forgiven Obama for what he believes was an Obama-backed campaign to tar him as a racist in the lead-up to the South Carolina Democratic primary in 2008. After all, he was America’s first black president — a piece of flattery he embraced.

But it seems a little incredible that Clinton, a seasoned politician, would allow himself a rant against Obama in that fashion in front of anyone except his closest and most trusted aides. Also, both Clintons are political animals, and it is doubtful either of them ever seriously entertained challenging Obama for the nomination. Sitting presidents don’t lose — even Carter beat back a challenge by Kennedy. And that was with an economy worse than what Obama was running on. Hillary would have had to repudiate her own support for Obama and try to tear the Democratic Party apart to get the nomination — a very long shot at best. Do the Clintons strike you as people who would enter a political campaign that had little chance of success?

What I’m saying is that Klein’s tale is possible, but not likely. I would only note that he is playing directly into the conservative narrative about Obama, Hillary, and Bill Clinton — convenient to sell books but impossible to prove.

It’s fun to read, though, isn’t it?

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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I always liked Bill and I agree wholeheartedly with this assessment: “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!” I've been saying that the REAL PROBLEM with our country is not Bushes or Congresses fault, but the fact that we elected someone who was unqualified and therefore incompetent. Oh well enjoy the next 4 years of an incompetent and lame duck presidency....so sad!
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Well of corse he did, that was old news a long time ago. Both Hillary and Bill never cared for Obama in the first place but by endorsing him at his re-election, it ensured his endorsement when Hillary runs. This was well known long ago. Politicians get elected on their political clout, not on the basis of the virtue by people who appointed.
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You mean to tell me a sitting president actually plans on endorsing a democratic candidate for president in 2016? That is just outrageous. Such scandal!!
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To answer the headline question: It doesn't matter, Obama will endorse almost any Democrat, even if they are not black.
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Its too bad that in 2016 the Obama-HRC deal will be trumped by the Obama-________ Republican Governor deal by which vote fraud in their swing states was not vigorously investigated so that Romney would not be in the incumbents chair.
1 year ago
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This would not be a stretch, Clinton would get in bed with
devil to see his ilk or family be on the big stage. No matter
how much the TOON hated Obama. He owes Hillary big for
not completely trashing him, when she had the chance and
the reasons to.
1 year ago
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Has anyone else noticed that Hilary the Clinton has a striking resemblance to mao ze dong, past chairman of the Chinese Communist party? Her expanding oval face, her people's republic pant suits, her increasingly shrill delivery of her communist party talking points; they all add up to her new image of Chairman of the American Communist party. She is a shoo in to be elected next chairman of the American Peoples Republic.
1 year ago
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Take out the rant in front of witnesses, and what part of this is implausible?
1 year ago
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A liar lying to another liar about his lying wife.

Bill just wants to get back in the White House to retrieve the sex tapes he left behind.
1 year ago
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Nothing could be less important or more immaterial

Obama will lie to Bill Clinton, and change is tune, plans, stalemates’ to fit himself as he does with everyone.
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It seems pretty obvious to me. Bill is from the center of the Democratic party, Obama form the left with Hilary somewhere in between. So accommodating each other within the party in that kind of way is no different than in any political party broad enough to have factions. The only unprovable and intriguing thing about what is presented here is Clinton's reported animus toward Obama. As the Republicans approach 2016 they have similar factional problems and it will be hard for them put together a tent big enough to win the election that includes socons, libertarians of various stripes, and establishment types. (Heh, it rimes.)
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Nothing like making a deal with the Devil...

Hmm - which is which?


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Shades of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.
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