Obama Struck Secret Deal to Back Hillary in 2016: Book
Obama offered endorsement in exchange for Bill's in 2012: Edward Klein
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2013 2:02 PM CDT
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton greets President Barack Obama after he delivered his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – A new book by journalist Edward Klein says Obama has been pushed into supporting a 2016 presidential run by Hillary Clinton. Obama offered the endorsement in exchange for Bill Clinton's enthusiastic nominating speech at the 2012 Democratic convention, writes Klein in an extract of The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House published in the New York Post. The deal was allegedly struck in spite of a history of animosity between the two presidents. "Obama doesn’t know how to be president. He doesn’t know how the world works. He’s incompetent. He’s an amateur!" Klein quotes Bill as saying privately, via a source.

But after the convention, Klein says Obama cooled to the idea of offering Hillary his endorsement, deciding he'd rather stay neutral. "Bill Clinton went ballistic and threatened retaliation," writes Klein. "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." But, says Klein, Obama may renege on his promise yet. And "as Obama’s presidency sinks deeper into scandal and inaction, the question is—will Clinton even still want his endorsement?" Click to read the full excerpt at the Post.

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I_hate_to_say
Jun 4, 2013 1:53 AM CDT
The next 3 1/2 years are going to be very interesting. Clearly the GOP / Tea Party movers and shakers are scared sh*tless at the thought of HRC succeeding Obama in 2016. They are circulating blatant lies about her health and dredging up the most disgusting of the hate speech that was heaped on the Clintons incessantly in the 1990s. It's great for the newser trolls though. It must be very lucrative for them to carry water for fascist haters and the corporate oligarchy.
Smitty6398
Jun 3, 2013 6:47 PM CDT
Just think; if we elected our leaders on the basis of past performance, most of our 536 1/2 leaders? will not survive the next rounds of elections. I know I'm going to do my part to accomplish that; " I should live so long."
KDickley
Jun 3, 2013 11:40 AM CDT
Having been a democrat all my life, but always voting for the best candidate for America (seldom Democrats), I will NEVER vote for a Democrat again. They have disgraced the party, lied and cheated, and all the while the Democrat cheerleading media helped them with their lies.