20 October 2018
Barack and Michelle Obama are in a 'simmering cauldron of hatred' with Bill and Hillary Clinton, according to a new book. Photo: NY Post
Barack and Michelle Obama are in a 'simmering cauldron of hatred' with Bill and Hillary Clinton, according to a new book. Photo: NY Post

Obama-Clinton ‘blood feud’ almost insightful if not…

Bill Clinton hates Barack Obama and his wife Hillary is called names by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Despite their chummy public persona, the power couples have a deep-seated disdain for each other. Clinton hates Obama’s “hectoring when he talks to me” and Barack Obama has told the Clintons Michelle would make a great president. 

These dribs and drabs from an explosive new book (which new book does not call itself explosive?) would give a useful insight into the dynamic of America’s most watched conjugal partnerships if they had not come from a certain controversial author named Edward Klein.

The self-styled presidential historian was famously excoriated by critics for a 2005 book on Hillary Clinton (The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President).

They savaged the book for factual errors, truncated quotes and for being cheap.

The jury is still out on Klein’s latest work, Blood Feud, but already, it is attracting attention.

The New York Post, a conservative tabloid in the Rupert Murdoch stable, calls it a “simmering cauldron of hatred” that could “threaten all Democrat chances in 2016″.

“I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who ever lived,” the newspaper quotes Bill Clinton from the book.

It also purports to be privy to personal conversations between Michelle Obama and White House aide Valerie Jarrett in which the First Lady calls Hillary “Hildabeest”, an apparent play on witch and the sub-Saharan gnu.

Klein goes on to tell it like the proverbial fly on the wall, building his 320-page tome on the bitter 2008 primary between Obama and Clinton.

In fairness, Klein has been a keen watcher and commentator on American life and politics. He is a former editor-in-chief of the New York Times magazine and a former foreign editor of Newsweek. He continues to contribute to Vanity Fair and Parade and some of his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list.

It’s said that when popular Humans Of New York photographer Brandon Stanton snapped Klein’s photo on June 12, it caused his website to collapse from the sheer number of visitors.

But not everyone is a fan.

In thumbing down Klein’s earlier book on Hillary Clinton, the respected National Review magazine said “nobody on the right, left, or center ought to stoop to this level”.

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