President Barack Obama will endorse Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 not out of the random goodness of his heart but because he traded his support for Bill Clinton’s endorsement in 2012. Hey, stop me if you’ve heard it before, but that’s the supposedly “secret deal” described in a new paperback edition of Edward Klein’s book, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House.
The alleged Obama-Clinton feud is always good for selling fish wrappers, not to mention entire summer beach books, so why not? Here’s a couple of key paragraphs leaked by The Blaze, which apparently finds the revelation that politicians cut political deals to be something absolutely astounding:
“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…It also lived up to Obama’s fears, as more people talked about Clinton’s speech in the weeks following than his own.”
The New York Post has a more colorful description of the same events, claiming that “Bill Clinton’s animosity toward Obama is legendary.” Edward Klein wrote this piece himself, so he really doesn’t hold much back.
In fact, his book title is taken from a famous incident where 1990s era President Bill Clinton supposedly called Barack Obama an amateur.
Klein wrote that after Bill brokered the deal, Obama tried to back away. According to them, Bill then “went ballistic and threatened retaliation.”
As a result, Obama then agreed to give a farewell interview with 60 Minutes reporter Steve Kroft to recognize Hillary Clinton’s departure from her post as Secretary of State. “The result was a slobbering televised love-in — and an embarrassment to all concerned.”
Mm-kay. I guess. To me, it sounds like nothing makes Klein happy. If President Obama goes about his day making independent choices, he’s an amateur.
If not, it’s because he’s a skilled political animal making deals with heavy hitters like Bill Clinton in a back room.
All this strikes me as much ado about nothing, but maybe that’s why I don’t have a best-selling summer beach book.
You don’t have to agree with me. I’d like to hear comments from all sides. What do you think about Klein’s report of a supposedly secret Obama-Clinton deal?
[Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton photo by Peter Souza via The White House and Wikimedia Commons]