Edward Klein’s “Blood Feud – Clintons vs. Obamas” Part 1

June 29, 2014 at 6:29 AM 4 comments

bloodfeudI’m still reading through Edward Klein’s newest book regarding the literal (and alleged) hatred between the Obamas and the Clintons. It’s a fascinating read and if only half of it is accurate, it is still a book that many will want to indulge themselves in.

From the very start of the book, it is clear that if the things Klein brings to the fore are not true, lawsuits could be forthcoming. At the same time, who would bother with it since it would put the book in more of a spotlight?

Klein – using the words of anonymous individuals within the Obama and Clinton camps – paints a picture of visceral hatred and loathing. During a luncheon in which Hillary Clinton was surrounded by gal pals she’s known for years, she is quoted as having said the following about Barack Obama.

“Obama has turned into a joke…The IRS targeting the Tea Party, the Justice Department’s seizure of AP phone records and James Rosen’s emails – all these scandals. Obama’s allowed his hatred for his enemies to screw him the way Nixon did…” [1]

I find that fascinating because if true, Hillary Clinton is admitting that the scandals are actual, not some figment of the GOP’s overworked imagination. There are other indications that at times President Obama is overly concerned with what people think, creating a type of paranoia within, while at other times, he seems to be completely separated from the entire process of governing, this according to Clinton.

This is reminiscent of my comments related to the viral video, “I Pet Goat, II,” in which it appears as though the Bush-to-Obama puppet is being laughed at and made to appear as a fool who is not in control of anything.

Hillary continued stating, “The thing with Obama is that he can’t be bothered, and there is no hand on the tiller half the time…That’s the story of the Obama presidency. No hand on the f**king tiller…And you can’t trust the motherf**ker…” [2]

Klein paints a picture of dysfunction in the Obama household as well as between the Obamas and Clintons. Much of the dysfunction comes from the fact that Valerie Jarrett (Klein refers to her as co-president) has tremendous power in the Oval Office. More than that, she is often eating dinner with the Obamas in their residential quarters, something that is virtually unheard of these days. In fact, Klein points out that the last president who shared that type of confidence and relationship with a top advisor was roughly 70 years ago.

Working in the Obama administration has its moments when people know they must walk on eggshells and that is largely due to Valerie Jarrett and then Michelle Obama. These two rarely lose an argument. It is why Rahm Emmanuel and William Daley are both no longer at the White House.

But the special bond that exists between Valerie Jarrett, Michelle, and Barack has to do with the fact (according to Klein) that Jarrett is so involved in their lives. They often argue, tensions mount, and Jarrett is the go-to person to help bring order and resolution back, though not necessarily any sense of stability. Acting as mother-in-residence, she has actually made herself invaluable to the Obamas and is considered to be Michelle’s closest friend and Barack’s closest advisor.

One of the things Klein also brings out is the fact that Jarrett has no problem at all going head to head with people like David Plouffe when she disagrees with him. This was the case leading up to the 2012 re-election campaign when Plouffe wanted to get Bill Clinton involved in Barack’s re-election campaign and both Michelle and Valerie were dead set against it. Ultimately, Plouffe presented arguments that Jarrett could not negate, but that is very rare.

As far as Michelle and Barack are concerned, they do not seem to have an especially warm relationship with one another. In fact, since shortly after the time they moved into the White House in 2009, the two began sleeping in separate bedrooms. Apparently, Barack snores, but in general, the tension between the two is made worse by all the issues that they must deal with and both have their idiosyncrasies. Michelle often becomes very angry and even pouts when things don’t go her way, while Barack seems tentative and “dithers,” taking forever to make even simply decisions like whether he wants chicken or fish for dinner that evening.

Not long after taking up residence in the White House, Barack began to encourage Michelle to take her own plane to political events and to even take separate vacations from him. This has continued to the tune of nearly $2 billion dollars to taxpayers. Klein notes that even the royal family in the UK has taxpayers over there paying only $58 million comparatively speaking.

In short, President Obama is seen as a far better candidate than a president by many. He loves campaigning, giving speeches and raising funds. However, as far as the day-to-day run of affairs, as Hillary Clinton states, Barack is often completely disconnected. Is it any wonder that Klein refers to Jarrett as “co-president”?

The Clintons and the Obamas are two completely different twosomes. Bill is much closer to being a centrist, though still on the left, eschewing big government and able and willing to make deals with those who are opposite the table with him, like members of the GOP.

For Barack Obama, he sees people who do not agree with him as his enemies and sees entering into any kind of deal with them as betraying himself. As someone is much further left than Clinton, he has a very difficult time coming to any type of agreement with people on the opposite side of the aisle. This is very likely why Bill Clinton’s approval rating remains far higher than Barack Obama’s, because of Bill’s ability to compromise when he knows it will help his cause. Barack Obama sees this as a defeat. Moreover, the Obama administration in general doesn’t trust Bill Clinton because they claim having him endorse Obama in any way will likely be used by Clinton to go off message.

It’s clear though that for the Obamas (and Jarrett), race plays a part in what they do and think. They are not only very wary of most whites but in the case of Eric Holder’s office, seem to go out of their way to help blacks to the exclusion of whites. If this is fact, then obviously, what Barack Obama has written about himself putting his hatred of American imperialism and whites in general behind him may not be the truth.

One of the underlying problems according to Klein, is the fact that the Obamas and Jarrett see the Clintons as racially insensitive. They generally see all white people as either racists or insensitive and for Bill Clinton specifically, this likely goes back to the comment he made to Kennedy about only a few years prior (to 2008), Obama would have been serving them coffee. Apparently, Kennedy took umbrage at the remark and became livid. When Clinton confronted him about it, he may have further complicated matters by stating that the only reason Kennedy was behind candidate Barack Obama was because he was black.

I’ll have more to say about Klein’s Blood Feud as soon as I read the remainder of the book. Stay tuned!


[1] Edward Klein, Blood Feud – the Obama vs. the Clintons (2014), p. xiv

[2] Ibid, xv

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  • 1. Sherry  |  June 29, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Forgot to ask: isn’t Jarrett from Iran?


    • 2. modres  |  June 29, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      Yes, that’s correct. Also according to Klein, Valerie Jarrett has had everything handed to her. She went to the best schools and colleges, had jobs essentially given to her (starting with her appointment to Mayor Daley’s cabinet). The book says that the closest she has ever gotten to middle class black America is when she drove through such a neighborhood in and around Chicago in her convertible.


  • 3. Sherry  |  June 29, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Yep. I’ve said many times that this was a Jarrett/Cbama WH. Co-president fits.

    There seems to be something psychologically off with Obama…I’m being kind, I know, but I can’t help wondering if he has Asperger’s. Symptoms include being stand-offish, throwing fits when one doesn’t get his way, can’t make decisions (needs help from someone else for that), laziness, to name a few. Plus, many believe he has a narcissistic personality-very self-centered and smug.

    Michelle is an opportunist, that is, if the story of Jesse Jackson promising her the WH through marrying Barack Obama (so he wouldn’t be perceived as gay) is true. Rev. Wright did say that Obama was “seee-lected before he was eee-lected.”


    • 4. modres  |  June 29, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      If nothing else, Barack Obama’s seeming narcissistic view of himself could be the root of his problems. Because he is so important to himself, he can’t be bothered with the minutiae involved in being president. Bill Clinton, on the other hand, rises to those challenges. Klein says that Obama is a much better candidate than a president.

      Yes, Michelle is an opportunist. She often takes credit for the things Barack does, which – according to Klein – drives President Obama crazy. When she feels slighted or doesn’t get her way, she is known to storm off and pout for days.

      In any case, it really doesn’t seem as though the job of being president is a good fit for Mr. Obama.


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