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Who’s Not Ready for Hillary?

Almost 666,000 (appropriately enough) by my count, that’s who:

In June, Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared on the cover of People magazine for the first time in more than a decade. Real people, not the magazine, talked about what the article might mean for 2016. They talked about whether Clinton was using a walker (she wasn’t). They talked about people talking about whether Clinton was using a walker (She still wasn’t).

What they didn’t do was buy the magazine. According to a report from AdWeek on Monday, the June 16 issue of People featuring the former first lady and senator was the magazine’s worst selling of 2014 with 503,890 copies sold. The magazine’s best-selling issue –1,169,800 copies — was the one featuring Robin Williams after his death in late August. AdWeek said that celebrity weeklies saw poor performances with issues that featured the Kardashians and Beyonce on the cover.

It seems to me Hillary has something else in common with Beyonce and Kim—butt I can’t quite put my finger on it. I’m sure it’ll come to me in the end. At bottom, they’re all talented successful women.

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Pull up a Cherokee

The stars are aligning for Lizzie Warren.

I wish I had been a fly on this wall:

Progressive activists haven’t agreed on what to call the movement urging Elizabeth Warren to run for president, but they largely concur on this: with every recent anti-establishment move the Massachusetts senator grows more attractive as a 2016 candidate, both in her own right and as a progressive foil for Hillary Clinton.

Such sentiments were on vivid display this week at RootsCamp, a gathering of some 2,000 progressive activists held in Washington, D.C. The event was held as Warren and others on the left have been denouncing the “cromnibus” spending bill winding its way through Congress over provisions they say are too friendly to Wall Street.

One panel at the conference, for instance, was called #HillaryProblems, and it delved into the disconnect between the Democratic establishment and the grassroots. Another was devoted to the “Draft Warren” movement, and included members of groups such as MoveOn.org, which has pledged to spend at least $1 million to nudge the senator into the race, something she has said she won’t do.

Who am I kidding? I bet the walls were covered with flies. And lice.

“This is Elizabeth Warren’s moment,” said Ben Wikler, MoveOn’s Washington director, during the “Draft Warren” panel. “[We] can see [that] this week when the bill that was about to sail through Congress became a national fight because Elizabeth Warren raised the alarm.”

Ahem. It didn’t hurt that conservative Republicans opposed it as well. In fact, it took Obama twisting Democrat arms to get the thing passed.

But fine. Make it all about her.

As David Brooks says:

[T]hat’s why Elizabeth Warren owes it to us to run, or somebody like owes it to us to run to make our lives interesting, of course.

My life is plenty interesting enough walking the Bloodthirsty Puppy and keeping up with bogus rape charges (not against me, I assure you). I can do without Warpath ’16, thank you very much.

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Look Who’s “Ready for Hillary”!

Those who make big bucks, and those who make whoopie:

Users of Grindr, the leading gay hookup app, have voted Hillary Clinton their “Straight Ally of the Year.”

The former secretary of state joins a slate of other noteworthy figures highlighted in Grindr’s ‘Best of Awards’ for 2014, including Neil Patrick Harris (voted “Gay Icon of the Year” for the second year in a row) and Vladimir Putin (voted “Enemy of the LGBT Community”).

While Clinton’s team has not responded to request for comment, it seems likely she would welcome the positive reaction from Grindr’s gay users.

Clinton did not publicly support same-sex marriage until last year, after she stepped down as secretary of state.

What is it with these supposed liberals—Obama, Hillary—denying people the right to love whom they will? She was senator from New York for eight years, for pete’s sake! No gay constituent ever asked her about their right to marry? How come I’ve supported gay marriage for a long as I’ve known they wanted to marry, while these guys were hung up on their prejudices for years? Where’s my award?

Anyhow, it’s the moneybags, and not just the f—friends of Dorothy, who support Hillary:

According to a CNBC survey, Hillary Clinton — with 31% support — would be the top choice for people with “investable assets of $1 million or more” if the 2016 election were held today.

Clinton is followed by former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush with 18%, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with 14% and Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders with 11%.

You know who’s got a smile as wide as the shores of Gitche Gumee? Lieawatha, of course. That “the bankers” and “the mega-wealthy” support Hillary is just another arrow in Liz Warren’s quiver.

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Hillary, the Half-Ton Truck

I’m not intentionally sexist (I didn’t make a crack about her mud flaps, after all), but how else am I supposed to take this ad?

I almost want to ask if she comes with a Hemi.

Who is this video for? I’m not a huge country music fan, I’m by no means an expert on the regions of the country where country music is popular, but I like to think I know a little about them from my travels, friends, family and readers. But when I watch this, I’m at a loss as to who they think this is for?

Why, it’s for all those red neck good ol’ boys who appreciate Smart Power, a reset button with Russia, and four murdered Americans in Libya whose deaths at the hands of Muslim terrorists prompted a shrug.

That’s who. As Allahpundit says, it’s like writing a song about Microsoft: “The product is mediocre on its best day, but through some mix of luck and ruthlessness, it’s turned itself into an American institution.”

Typically tone deaf, patronizing, and embarrassing—it’s the perfect Hillary commercial.

Even more typical, it’s reactive:

That painfully lame campaign video? You totally built that.

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Ready for Hillary?

So you’re the one.

GOV. DEVAL PATRICK (D-Massachusetts): Well, I think first of all, Hillary Clinton, Secretary Clinton, excuse me, has been an extraordinary public servant and would be a terrific candidate for president. But I think that the narrative that it’s inevitable is off-putting to regular voters.

CHUCK TODD: So she should be challenged in the Democrat party?

GOV. DEVAL PATRICK: I don’t mean that as a criticism of her. I just think that people read inevitability as entitlement. And the American people want and ought to want their candidates to sweat for the job. You know, to actually make a case for why they’re the right person at the right time.

Boy, if the image of a sweaty Hillary Clinton, Secretary Clinton, excuse me, doesn’t torpedo her chances, Elizabeth Warren doesn’t stand a chance.

The 2014 winner of my annual award for “Member of Congress of the Year” goes to the politician who had such a good year she now defines her party’s future — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

The Massachusetts senator could become the Barack Obama of 2016, able to grab the Democrats’ presidential nomination from the favorite, Hillary Clinton, by coming at her from the left. The defining issue for Democrats in 2008 was Iraq. In 2016 it will be the economy. Warren is much more in step with the party on this issue than is Clinton.

My head is swimming. Warren had the best 2014? Robin Williams had a better 2014. In what sense does a scheming careerist and serial “spiritual genocidist” ever have a good year?

In the sense of Democrat politics:

Warren’s surprising power is evident in her ability to force Clinton, the former senator from Wall Street’s home state and a well-paid speaker for top brokerages, to go on the attack against income inequality.

“I love watching Elizabeth give it to those who deserve to get it,” she said at a late October rally in Boston. Clinton was referring to Warren’s calls for increased regulation of big banks and Wall Street brokers who have “tried to trick and trap and cheat our families.” Clinton also echoed Warren’s rhetoric when she said at the same rally: “Don’t let anybody tell you that, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”

In the current Real Clear Politics average of polls asking Democrats to select their top choice as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee, Warren is running second. And she trails Clinton by a huge margin, 51 percentage points.

But a poll taken this month by the progressive group Democracy for America found Warren to be the most popular choice for party activists asked whom they wanted to see run. Warren drew 42 percent support, overshadowing Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) 24 percent and Clinton’s 23 percent.

And who votes in primaries but zealots?

Hillary Clinton is old news, and she’s politically tone deaf. She was divisive as a First Lady, a complete fiasco as Secretary of State, but adequate as a Senator. (And a hell of an investor in cattle futures.) She will not be the nominee, much less the president.

I think Warren will be, and I can’t wait.

Cherokee people! Cherokee tribe!
So proud to live, so proud to die.

It’s your funeral, Crockagawea.

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The Paiute vs. the Pantsuit

Please believe me, I do try to limit, if not eliminate, sexism, ageism, and other cheap attempts at “humor”.

I do try:

Clinton labeled Warren “the passionate champion for working people and middle class families.”

“I love watching Elizabeth,” Clinton added, touting her ability to “you know, give it those who deserve to get it.”

It must have sounded better in the original Ozark. But it’s clear she loves her some Lieawatha.

And you, Fauxcahantas? Care to return the compliment?

When Warren and Clinton both stumped for Martha Coakley, Massachusetts’ Democratic candidate, in Boston on Friday, Warren barely mentioned the former secretary of state.

“Happy to welcome Secretary Clinton back to the commonwealth,” Warren said, firing up the crowd. “We love it!”

Rather chilly.

Compare what Warren said about Clinton with how other members of the Senate have introduced Clinton recently.

“Hillary is a hero to me and too so many others,” said Sen. Al Franken at an event with Clinton on Thursday. “People admire Hillary because she spent her life fighting for economic and social justice.”

Franken then made the praise personal: “And I would add she is funny. By the way, I am not saying that because I want to pay her a nice compliment. I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t mean it. … Hillary is truly, truly funny.”

Sen. Mark Udall, who is running for reelection in Colorado, all but endorsed Clinton for president earlier this week while introducing her.

“We hope she is going to come back over the next few years,” he said to a roaring crowd, before touting Clinton’s record of fighting for workers “all over the world.”

“Hillary is truly, truly funny”? Like Richard Pryor funny? Robin Williams funny? Or more like Steven Wright? Give Crockagawea credit for not resorting to such brazen lies.

Still, for the good of the tribe, these two squaws should bury the hatchet and smoke-em the peace pipe.

PS: I’ll never lay off of the fake Indian, but Hillary had her own moment of ethnic mimicry.

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Once Upon a Time in America

That was then:

This is today:

The foreign minister of Russia has said it is time for a “reset 2.0″ in ties with the US, while blaming the Obama administration for their poor state.

Sergei Lavrov, who was minister during the 2010 “reset” of relations, said the current US administration had “wrecked much of the co-operation structures”.

“It is absolutely in our interests to normalise relations but we didn’t wreck them,” he told a Russian TV channel.

“Now there’s a need for what the Americans might call a ‘reset’,” Mr Lavrov told Russia’s Channel Five (in Russian).

“The current US administration is today wrecking much of the co-operation structures that it created itself along with us. Most likely, something more will come up – a reset No 2 or a reset 2.0.”

If not for the birth of her granddaughter, and if not her departure from this gaggle of losers a year and a half ago, I would call that a bitch-slap of Hillary Clinton. So I won’t. But it ain’t a peck on the cheek either.

Hey Barack, the 1980s called: they said you suck.

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A Woman Scorned

CBS benched Sharyl Attkisson until she ultimately resigned.

Bad move, CBS:

Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review

Sharyl Attkisson

As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

New Benghazi allegation puts spotlight on Hillary Clinton confidants, alleged after-hours document review.

According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story.

Maxwell says the weekend document session was held in the basement of the State Department’s Foggy Bottom headquarters in a room underneath the “jogger’s entrance.” He describes it as a large space, outfitted with computers and big screen monitors, intended for emergency planning, and with small offices on the periphery.

When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents. He says a State Department office director, whom Maxwell described as close to Clinton’s top advisers, was there. Though the office director technically worked for him, Maxwell says he wasn’t consulted about her weekend assignment.

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” says Maxwell. He says “seventh floor” was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisers.

“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’”

Maxwell, 58, strongly supported President Barack Obama and personally contributed to his presidential campaign. But post-Benghazi, he has soured on both Obama and Clinton, saying he had nothing to do with security and was sacrificed as a scapegoat while higher-up officials directly responsible escaped discipline.

Maxwell spent a year on paid administrative leave with no official charge ever levied against him. Ultimately, the State Department cleared Maxwell of wrongdoing and reinstated him. He retired a short time later, in November 2013.

Several weeks after he was placed on leave with no formal accusations, Maxwell made an appointment to address his status with a State Department ombudsman.

“She told me, ‘You are taking this all too personally, Raymond. It is not about you,’ ” Maxwell recalls.

“I told her that ‘My name is on TV and I’m on administrative leave, it seems like it’s about me.’ Then she said, ‘You’re not harmed, you’re still getting paid. Don’t watch TV. Take your wife on a cruise. It’s not about you; it’s about Hillary and 2016.’ ”

How does this make you feel, Madame Secretary?

Don’t take it too hard. As the lady said, “it’s not about you”:

Attkisson said that the White House is misleading the public about the ongoing releases of information that they’ve offered regarding the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2012 on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

She stated that one of the goals of the committee will be to investigate President Obama’s movement that night and how he reacted to the attack.

“I do think that they will reach out at some point, not in the beginning, to the White House and probably to President Obama directly, in some form, to get a timeline and an accounting of what he did that night, which has remained, mysteriously, and I think, unacceptably private when he’s the Commander-in-Chief acting on our behalf at a time when Americans are under attack on foreign soil.”

Ultimately, Attikisson confessed she has little hope that this committee will change the public narrative on what happened that night.

Allow me to elucidate, Sharyl. Obama was prepping for a fundraiser in Las Vegas the next day. Check his schedule; it’s public record.

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Lizzie Warren Took an Axe/And Gave Ma Clinton Forty Whacks

More like a tomahawk than an axe:

In an echo of 2008 — when Ted and Caroline Kennedy backed upstart Barack Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton — members of the Kennedy clan have been quietly wooing Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and encouraging her to throw her hat in the ring, sources tell me.

The question of whom to back in the 2016 presidential race has split the Kennedys down the middle. Robert Kennedy’s widow, Ethel, and their eldest son, former US Rep. Joe Kennedy II, favor Warren — the darling of the party’s left-wing base who now sits in Ted Kennedy’s old seat — while Bobby Jr. and Max Kennedy remain loyal to Hillary Clinton.

Over the past several weeks, the Kennedys have tried to settle their family quarrel by inviting Clinton and Warren to their compound in Hyannis Port, where each woman has been put through a kind of audition for the role of party standard-bearer.

Clinton and Warren were feted on separate occasions at a catered buffet lunch under a large tent. In addition, Hillary and Bill Clinton were treated to a sail aboard the Kennedy schooner, the Maya.

Despite the death of the family patriarch, Ted, the Kennedys still consider themselves the torchbearers of the Democratic Party.

That these genetic mutants think themselves representative of anything (other than the perils of excess) is astonishing. I used to enjoy these Democrat civil wars, but then we got eight years of Barack Obama. Another eight of Betty Buckskin is too much even to contemplate.

Not least to Bill and Hill:

“Bill and Hillary take the threat from Elizabeth Warren very seriously and are doing everything in their power to neutralize her,” said a member of the Clintons’ inner circle. “In July, they cut short their vacation in the Hamptons and flew by private jet up to the Cape, where they had lunch with Bobby and his fiancée, [actress] Cheryl Hines, Ethel, Joe, Rory, Max, Doug and Bobby Shriver and Chris Lawford.

“Bill was in full campaign mode,” this source added. “He made a point of talking to every member of the family, shook every hand, and remembered the names of everyone from the youngest to the oldest.

“Hillary was pretty reluctant about sailing on the Maya, but Bill told her that you can’t visit the Kennedys and not go for a sail. The outing on the choppy waters of Nantucket Sound was pretty rough, and Hillary was a little green around the gills.”

When you consider the company, can you blame her?

But there was one detail that particularly galled me:

“A Kennedy endorsement matters,” said a family member. “It’s not just the aura of being compared to JFK, Bobby and Ted. But it’s also the use of the Hyannis Port compound and the JFK Library, which are magnets for fund-raisers.”

The Kennedy Library is a Democrat money magnet? When it’s a public/private entity?

The Kennedy Library Foundation has its origins in the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Inc., a non-profit corporation that was chartered in Massachusetts on December 5, 1963, to construct and equip the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Massachusetts.

The Corporation, under its first president, Robert F. Kennedy, raised more than $20 million in private funds for the construction of the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum by public subscription. Among the Corporation’s many responsibilities were the raising and management of all building funds, the selection of the Library site, the appointment of the architect and exhibit designers, the selection of the general contractor, and the actual supervision of all construction. The Kennedy Library Corporation transferred title of the completed library to the United States Government on October 20, 1979 at a dedication ceremony attended by President Jimmy Carter.

In 1984, the work of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Corporation was reorganized and incorporated under Massachusetts law as the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Foundation currently employs 26 full and part-time staff who work closely with the Library’s federal employees to help fulfill the mission of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

The private financial support provided by the Kennedy Library Foundation enables the federal government to expand the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s research and archival capacity, to undertake marketing and public information projects, to offer intern and research fellowship programs, to enhance its museum and exhibits, and to offer nationally recognized educational and public programming.

The close relationship between the Library and Foundation illustrates the benefits to society and the American taxpayer that accrue from such public/private partnerships.

Thanks so much, America! I hope every family can take advantage of the tax laws to build a waterfront mausoleum to their patriarch, and then use it for partisan politicking. As they said of ObamaCare, do it for Ted!

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She Did Not Just Say That!

Hat tip to reader Jeanette in a comment below, but Hillary did:

“The problem is, and this is something, I’m not a military planner, but Hamas puts its missiles, its rockets in civilian areas, part of it is that Gaza’s pretty small and it’s very densely populated. They put their command-and-control of Hamas military leaders in those civilian areas,” Clinton said in an interview Monday with Univision’s “America with Jorge Ramos.”

Clinton also said she thinks “Hamas intended to provoke Israel” with rocket fire, but added that Hamas may have acted because it “has its back against the wall.”

Maybe it sounded better in the original Spanish.

This is not “misspeaking” or ignorance. Everybody knows why Hamass fires missiles and rockets from schools and hospitals; why it stores same in UN-run schools; why it dismisses Israeli warnings to civilians to evacuate as propaganda and lies. Hillary knows. Why she won’t speak of it, only Hillary knows.

PS: This is the wall against which Hamass “has its back”:


Gaza/Egypt border barrier

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At a Certain Point, You’ve Made Enough Money

There goes Obama again, bashing the Clintons:

The Clintons’ annual income easily puts them in the top 1% of Americans. But they may have reached the top 1% of the top 1%, according to publicly disclosed income data.

As we reported recently, according to their 2012 income disclosed in government forms, the Clintons made at least $16.7 million in income that year, largely from Bill Clinton‘s speeches. That total is based on income disclosed in forms that provide income ranges, and the $16.7 million total uses the minimum amount from each stated range.

The nationwide level to make the top 1% of households in 2012 was $567,719, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. And the level for the top 0.1% was about $2.9 million, a bar the Clintons easily surpassed.

The Tax Policy Center data stop there, at the top 0.1% — or the top 10% of the top 1% of Americans.

Did the Clintons reach the top 1% of the top 1%, based on their 2012 income? A different measure offers a strong clue. The Tax Policy Center says that IRS data for 2011, the most recent numbers available, show 11,500 total tax returns with adjusted gross income over $10 million that year, out of 145 million total returns. So a $10 million adjusted gross income puts one in the top 0.007% of all tax returns, and the Clintons’ income was well above that — likely putting it into the top 1% of the 1%.

Not bad for a couple who left office “dead broke”. Horatio Alger smiles down approvingly.

But not everyone does:

You are truly well-off by anyone’s definition of the term. And hard work is the guys tearing up my roof right now. It’s not flying by private jet to pick up a check for $200,000 to stand at a podium for an hour.

Which gets me to the second set of issues: how you’re continuing to ­vacuum up the money, and the aura of greediness it exudes. Madam Secretary, enough already. This behavior borders on compulsion, like refugees who once were starved and now hoard food. You’re rich beyond your wildest imaginings! You don’t need any more! Just. Stop. Speaking. For. Pay.

In the midst of a book tour (and with the ample cushion of a multimillion-dollar advance), you don’t need to be hustling for another $200,000 or so from the United Fresh Produce Association and Food Marketing Institute. On the verge of a potential presidential bid, please feel free to say yes to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas if you want to speak there. But you don’t have to hit its foundation up for a $225,000 fee, even one you plan to donate to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

What an effed-up world. The Clintons should be free to part fools from their money, and fools should be free to be parted from it for the “privilege” of hearing from them. Hillary should be free to run for President, and people should be free to vote for her (or not). There is no inherent value in poverty and no vice in wealth. It is for no one else to decide when you’ve made “enough money”.

And then there’s politics, where only appearance matters. It’s easy to see how Hillary’s “inartful” language hurst her politically. But hasn’t it always? Think of her comments over the years. On Bill’s affairs, she wasn’t “some little woman standing by her man like Tammy Wynette.”

On her life in public: “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas…”.

On Bill’s candidacy, “Elect him, you get me.”

More on Bill’s affairs: “The great story here for anybody willing to find it, write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president.”

On partisanship in politics: “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic, and we should stand up and say, ‘We are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration!'”

On her friends across the aisle: “I wonder if it’s possible to be a Republican and a Christian at the same time.”

On her trip to Bosnia: “I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base…. There was no greeting ceremony and we were basically told to run to our cars. That is what happened.”

On the passing of Moammar Qaddafi: “We came, we saw, he died.”

On the passing of Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith: “What difference at this point does it make?”

It’s no wonder she’s mangled her book tour so completely. When it comes to politics, she’s deaf, dumb, and blind. And rich as Croesus, God bless her.

PS: Of course, my favorite Hillary Clinton quote is someone else’s. But it proves the same point:

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Who Said It?

Oprah or Hillary?

Let’s play!

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***ing tiller.

Obama has turned into a joke.

You can’t trust the motherf***er.

His word isn’t worth sh*t.

[E]ven when the Obamas think they are being charming, they hold you at arm’s length.

It slowly dawned on [her] that the Obamas had absolutely no intention of keeping their word and bringing her into their confidence. [… She] was hurt and angry and will never make up with the Obamas. […] She knows how to hold a grudge.

Does it really matter? Either one said them all, according to Edward Klein’s new book.

Except for this. Bill said this:

I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who ever lived.

A rare moment of truth from 42.

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