Obama Biography Says Clinton Urged Wife to Challenge Obama
A biography just released on Barack Obama says that Bill Clinton was not impressed with the performance of President Obama so much that he referred to Obama as an amateur. Clinton is said to have told wife Hillary to resign from the Secretary of State job and mount a campaign during the primaries.
The bio is unauthorized and titled The Amateur. Clinton unleashed harsh word towards Obama and wanted his wife to challenge for the 2012 Democratic Nomination. Clinton allegedly told his wife this while at a summer gathering last year at their home in upstate New York, said Edward Klein the author of the biography. He said his book is based on interviews of people who were present at the event.
Klein was an editor with The New York Times Magazine and Newsweek. Clinton allegedly said at the event, “The economy is a wreck, it’s completely flat, America no longer has its Triple-A rating and you know more than Obama does.” Hillary is alleged to have said she wanted to remain on as the Secretary of State partly because she did not want to be remembered for leaving a post in the Cabinet in search of higher office.
Both Clinton and his wife have dismissed the book’s account as being false. The White House has said that Klein made the facts up in order to sell more books. The book even said that daughter Chelsea came to the house and agreed with her father.
A poll in April said Clinton had the support of over 94% of the Democrats, 60% of the Independents and 40% of the Republicans, while Obama had 85% Democrats, 33% Independents and 7% Republicans.