Bill Clinton May or May Not Have Called Obama an 'Amateur'

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We'd totally love Edward Klein's story of how Bill Clinton called Obama an "amateur" and told his wife to quit the amazing job she was doing as Secretary of State if, you know, the Clintons weren't denying the whole thing and Klein hadn't already written another Clinton-challenged book in the past.  

The New York Post being, well, The New York Post, is reporting Klein's account as if it were news even though they note that Bill Clinton's spokesperson called Klein, a former editor of the New York Times Magazine and Newsweek,  "a known liar," that Hillary's spokesperson has come out against him, and that the White House has denied Klein's account.  According to Klein (via The Post 's Carl Campanile), these are the types of conversations the Clintons were having at a gathering with some close friends:

“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.

True or not, those alleged conversations fit nicely with current political narratives like Bill Clinton wanting to call the shots for Obama's reelection campaign and Hillary, well, Hillary being badass and taking names.  


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