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Obama-Clinton Secret Deal: Bill's Support in 2012 for Backing Hillary in 2016?

Monday, 03 Jun 2013 07:10 AM

By Alexandra Ward

President Barack Obama reportedly made a secret deal to support Hillary Clinton's run for president in 2016 in exchange for Bill Clinton's support during his 2012 reelection campaign, a new book revealed this week.

In "The Amateur," a new expose on Obama's two terms in office, author Edward Klein details the once rocky relationship between former president Clinton and Obama. According to Klein, Clinton always harbored animosity for Obama and at first urged his wife to try to unseat him in 2012.

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"I've heard more from Bush, asking for my advice, than I’ve heard from Obama," Klein's sources quoted Clinton as saying at a meeting in 2011. "I have no relationship with the president — none whatsoever. Obama doesn't know how to be president. He doesn’t know how the world works. He's incompetent. He's an amateur!"

But as Democratic support diminished last summer, chief political strategist David Axelrod convinced Obama that his campaign needed Clinton's backing and, from there, the deal was made.

Former president Clinton gave a glowing speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, which fully backed Obama. In return, Obama is expected to back Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Klein claims, however, that after the president was reelected, he began having second thoughts about supporting Hillary in 2016.

"[Obama] would prefer to stay neutral in the next election, as is traditional of outgoing presidents," Klein wrote. "Bill Clinton went ballistic and threatened retaliation. 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."

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Hillary Clinton currently leads the polls of potential 2016 frontrunners, along with Vice President Joe Biden and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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