What an Amateur! Clinton Sneers at Obama; Bill Wants Hillary to Fight Him Again, Says New Book
Byline: From Daniel Bates in New York
BILL Clinton dismissed Barack Obama as an 'amateur' and urged his wife Hillary to run against him in this year's US presidential race.
According to a new book, Mr Clinton urged Mrs Clinton to quit her job as Secretary of State and challenge for the Democratic ticket, saying: 'The country needs you! The country needs us!'
He then tore into Mr Obama, branding him 'incompetent'.
The extraordinary claims - which have been strongly denied by Mr Clinton - came after he had finally given Mr Obama his backing and had appeared to put their differences behind them.
The two clashed during Mrs Clinton's failed bid for the presidency in 2008, but according to author Edward Klein's biography of Mr Obama - called The Amateur - enmity ran even deeper than had been thought.
During a gathering at Mr Clinton's home in Chappaqua, New York, last August he supposedly told his wife: 'The economy's a mess, it's dead flat. America has lost its triple-A rating ... you know better than Obama does.' Mr Clinton supposedly claimed to have 'no relationship' with the President and spoke more often to his own successor, George W Bush.
He is said to have told his wife: 'Barack Obama is an amateur. The country needs you! The country needs us!'
It would be highly unusual for somebody from a president's party to challenge him in the internal party elections for choosing a can-didate. …