Bill: Obama Can 'Kiss My Ass'

Former president said to be still furious with future Democratic nominee
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2008 2:13 PM CDT
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama and Bill Clinton spoke on the phone this morning, but earlier the ex-president privately told friends the future Democratic nominee must “kiss my ass" to win his full support, the Telegraph reports. Clinton remains “very unhopeful” Obama can win in November, another source says, and is still so peeved at perceived primary slights that his behavior is worrying friends.

Said the “kiss my ass” source, “You can’t talk like that about Obama—he’s the nominee of your party, not some house boy you can order around.” Added pundit Joe Klein, author of the bestselling Clinton-inspired novel Primary Colors, “What’s going on now is kind of strange. I think his behavior is really, really shocking.” (Read more Bill Clinton stories.)