The party of the ass is living down to its mascot:
It’s the vast left-wing conspiracy.
Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett leaked to the press details of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail address during her time as secretary of state, sources tell me.
But she did so through people outside the administration, so the story couldn’t be traced to her or the White House.
In addition, at Jarrett’s behest, the State Department was ordered to launch a series of investigations into Hillary’s conduct at Foggy Bottom, including the use of her expense account, the disbursement of funds, her contact with foreign leaders and her possible collusion with the Clinton Foundation.
Six separate probes into Hillary’s performance have been going on at the State Department. I’m told that the e-mail scandal was timed to come out just as Hillary was on the verge of formally announcing that she was running for president — and that there’s more to come.
Members of Bill Clinton’s camp say the former president suspects the White House is the source of the leak and is furious.
“My contacts and friends in newspapers and TV tell me that they’ve been contacted by the White House and offered all kinds of negative stories about us,” one of Bill’s friends quotes him as saying. “The Obamas are behind the e-mail story, and they’re spreading rumors that I’ve been with women, that Hillary promoted people at the State Department who’d done favors for our foundation, that John Kerry had to clean up diplomatic messes Hillary left behind.”
Then, according to this source, Bill added: “The Obamas are out to get us any way they can.”
The sabotage is part of an ongoing feud between the two Democrat powerhouses.
Last fall, during the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections, Jarrett was heard to complain bitterly that the Clintons were turning congressmen, senators, governors and grass-root party members against Obama by portraying him as an unpopular president who was an albatross around the neck of the party.
Jarrett was said to be livid that most Democrats running for election refused to be seen campaigning with the president. She blamed the Clintons for marginalizing the president and for trying to wrestle control of the Democratic Party away from Obama.
And she vowed payback.
Smart. Don’t fire till you can see the whites of their eyes. Just as they saved the indictment of Bob Menendez as payback for speaking out against Obama on Israel. Don’t ever take sides with anyone against the Family again. Ever.
“Obama and Valerie Jarrett will go to any lengths to prevent Hillary from becoming president,” a source close to the White House told me. “They believe that Hillary, like her husband, is left of center, not a true-blue liberal.”
If she gets into the White House, they believe she will compromise with the Republicans in Congress and undo Obama’s legacy.
“With Obama’s approval,” this source continued, “Valerie has been holding secret meetings with Martin O’Malley [the former Democratic governor of Maryland] and [Massachusetts Sen.] Elizabeth Warren. She’s promised O’Malley and Warren the full support of the White House if they will challenge Hillary for the presidential nomination.”
This is delightful, of course, but it’s always the next punch I’m looking forward to. This is Hillary’s last stand. Will she fight, or will she go back to Arkansas?
It’s good to be King, eh Barack?
When the President and the First Lady hopped off the plane at LAX on Thursday to tape media appearances, they did so on separate flights.
The President read “Mean Tweets” and talked about Ferguson on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the First Lady danced to “Uptown Funk” and announced the #GimmeFive challenge, part of her Let’s Move! campaign, on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Although both shows taped in Burbank, California, the First Lady flew earlier in the day and the President arrived in the late afternoon.
“I believe on this occasion the schedules were not in sync to travel together,” Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters Friday. “I’m not even sure they overlapped.”
While President Obama attended a DNC fundraiser Thursday night and traveled to Phoenix Friday morning, the First Lady returned home to the White House Thursday afternoon.
For a normal couple with hectic work schedules, separate travel arrangements aren’t uncommon, but the Obamas can’t just book a commercial flight. The taxpayer costs of private transportation can add up.
A 2014 FOIA request to the Air Force from watchdog group Judicial Watch found that the cost per flying hour for Air Force One is $206,337. Cost per flying hour includes “fuel, flight consumables, depot level repairables, aircraft overhaul, and engine overhaul.” At that rate, the President’s flight to Los Angeles, which clocked in at just under five hours, cost over $1 million.
The First Lady’s office would not provide specific details about the plane Mrs. Obama took to California. ?The Air Force lists the cost per flying hour for a C-32, which is frequently used for dignitary travel, at $28,834 in 2014, but notes that the costs for Presidential travel can be calculated differently.
“The lack of transparency on Presidential travel and the First Lady’s travel makes it tough for taxpayers to determine whether specific trips are wasteful or completely necessary. If this was an unavoidable scheduling roadblock, or a choice made for convenience at taxpayer expense, is difficult to know, and makes all the difference,” said National Taxpayer Union’s Douglas Kellogg.
“In general, the cost of flying Air Force One has gone up significantly over the past decade, the President has a duty to taxpayers to make prudent travel decisions,” Kellogg said.
You’d almost think they didn’t want to share each other’s company. Can’t imagine why.