The PJ Tatler

Bill Calls Barack "Amateur," Tells Hillary to Run

Ed Klein is publishing a book – The Amateur – which features the following exchange, according to the NY Post:

“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.

Well, what’s the big deal? Bush is basically a nice guy and Obama’s a drip. Everybody knows that. Who would want to hang out with Obama anyway? (George Clooney must be desperate.) It goes on:

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

Well, duh. Nobody ever said Bill was stupid. As for whether this dialogue is accurate – how could it not be? The only part I question is this:

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 [about her making another run against Obama], emphasizing that she wanted to leave a legacy as secretary of state.

Some legacy. My guess is they went out and tested the waters and didn’t get quite the response necessary. But who knows? In any case now begins….

The night of the long knives.