Klein: Hillary, Obama Meeting 'Freeze-a-thon'

Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 08:37 PM

By Greg Richter

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President Barack Obama and his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were supposed to have hugged it out and made up when they both attended a party on Martha's Vineyard last week, but Clinton biographer Ed Klein says no such thing happened.

Instead, Klein writes in the New York Post, the meeting was "a tense, awkward freeze-a-thon."

Clinton and Obama were both on hand for the 80th birthday party of Ann Dibble Jordan, wife of Vernon Jordan, a former aide to President Bill Clinton.

According to Klein, Hillary Clinton and Obama were seated near each other, but did not speak. The Clintons and Obamas went out of their way to avoid each other, Klein said.

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The spat began – at least publicly – when Hillary Clinton criticized Obama's foreign policy in an Atlantic interview published August 10. She blamed Obama's inaction in Syria for the rise of the ISIS terrorist group in neighboring Iraq, saying that Obama's 'Don't do stupid stuff," motto did not make a sufficient organizing principle for a great nation.

After the interview drew attention, Clinton said she would meet Obama at the party and "hug it out."

But Klein quoted sources from inside the Clinton camp that not only will there be no kiss-and-make-up between the two, more attacks on Obama are yet to come. Clinton is believed to be distancing herself from her old boss and his increasing unpopularity as she prepares for a likely run for the White House in 2016.

In fact, Klein writes, Clinton's attack was an "opening salvo in an ongoing, comprehensive assault on Obama’s overall mismanagement of the presidency."

Klein says Bill Clinton has been holding secret meetings for the past six months with policy experts to devise talking points on foreign and fiscal policy, immigration reform and health care. A complete revamp of Obamacare is reportedly on the agenda.

The talking points are said to fill 5,000 pages.

"A few weeks ago, Bill laid out his strategy to Hillary and Chelsea during a meeting in his barn office in Chappaqua," a source who was reportedly at the meeting told Klein. "Virtually everyone at the meeting agreed Hillary had to distance herself as far away from Obama as possible."

Bill Clinton had specific suggestions for attacking Obama, the person told Klein.

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