Ed Klein has written yet another bestseller, following on the heels of The Amateur, his 2012 chronicle of President Barack Obama.
His latest, Blood Feud, about two First Families – The Clintons and The Obamas – provides hot copy. His book has created quite a stir as some have challenged Klein’s accuracy regarding what amounts to minor matters – like the name of a restaurant or the name of the books on the President’s nightstand.
But if this is the trivia that Klein, the former New York Times editor, is being attacked for, then some need to read again, or read it for the first time even, because they miss the point of the book. This is writing about inside politics, a look behind what the public sees.
Ed Klein is a world-class journalist with stellar credentials. As the editor of the New York Times Magazine, he produced their first Pulitzer Prize. He also has been the foreign editor of Newsweek Magazine and a contributing writer for the long standing Vanity Fair Magazine. He knows how to write and he left newspaper/magazine journalism to write books.
He also knows how to write a bestseller. His books read with the features of a novel, thoughtfully put together as he weaves a story with scenery and detailed conversation.
The Clinton faction has accused Klein of fabricating parts of the book because of a lack of many documented sources to support the claims made in Blood Feud.
In the book Klein writes that Blood Feud is a sequel to two of his other books, The Truth About Hillary in 2005, and The Amateur, and that in the course of writing all three books, he interviewed hundreds of people, many of who spoke to him on the basis of anonymity.
Klein writes that because of the sensational and hostile rivalry between the Clintons and the Obamas, “Most people were unwilling to be quoted by me, either because they were not authorized to speak on the record or because they feared losing access to their powerful friends.
“As a result, in order to get a candid and accurate picture of the Clinton-Obama feud, the bulk of the interviews in this book, as in many contemporary political books, had to be conducted on what journalists call ‘deep background.’ In practice, this means that I was able to use the information they provided but could not identify them as a source.”
Here are some potent representations from his critically acclaimed book that has taken the politicos by storm. Blood Feud has outsold Hillary Clinton’s new book about herself, Hard Choices. Klein’s book, The Amateur was a best seller, with 230,000 sold copies.
Here are 10 of Klein’s revelations from Blood Feud:
1. Valerie Jarrett runs the White House. She was more powerful than the president’s chiefs of staff, Rahm Emanuel and William Daley, Klein states, and covers for the president by saying that he is so brilliant, some of the White House details are just beneath him. He also reports that Valerie is the “third member in the marriage.” Klein describes her as the “protective mother figure.” He writes that Valerie said, “ It was impossible to keep the president focused. He was invariably bored and wanted to move on to the next subject. He likes to surprise people with a display of his brilliant intellect.”
2. Rahm Emanuel thought he was running the White House, but he wasn’t. “His advice was sometimes taken and sometimes not. There were people who were much closer to the president than Rahm, especially David Axelrod, Michelle and Valerie Jarrett, and Rahm didn’t get along with two of them – Michelle and Valerie.” He left the White House because of these women.
3. Oprah’s endorsement equated to one million votes. For the 2012 election the campaign was looking for a third party endorsement to speak to the President’s accomplishments. Oprah, the media maven, would not get involved in the re-election campaign because of the poor treatment she received from the Obamas during their first four years in the White House. Valerie and Michelle tried wooing Oprah by celebrating Michelle’s 50th birthday with Oprah in her Hawaii home, but they could not talk her into joining the campaign. They assessed her “endorsement” to mean one million votes.
4. Bills’ deal. Bill Clinton was solicited to join the campaign instead, but with hesitation on both sides. He was thought to be extremely valuable as the senior statesmen, but the Obama camp was afraid that he would steal the show at the convention and that his price would be too high. Bill Clinton wanted Hillary’s campaign debt of $250,000 retired, he wanted to take charge of the Democratic Party, and he wanted the Obamas support for Hillary in 2016.
5. Promise anything. Valerie Jarrett told the Obamas to promise Bill Clinton anything, but to give him nothing afterwards, because Barack was the President of the United States. Obama tricked Bill. Clinton gave the rousing support speech at the democratic convention that helped give Obama his second term, but Barack did not recognize or thank the former president for his efforts.
6. The golf game. When Clinton and Obama played golf to discuss the terms for Bill’s participation in the 2012 campaign, Obama suggests that he might run Michelle for president in 2016. Valerie Jarrett has said she would leave her White House duties to run Michelle’s campaign.
7. The Obamas ignored Caroline Kennedy until the 2012 campaign. “She was very disappointed at not being offered something by Obama in his first term,” Klein writes. When the Japan ambassadorship opened up, it was offered to Caroline because they required the Kennedy clan’s assistance in the 2012 election.
8. Plastic surgery. Klein writes that Hillary and Bill Clinton have both had plastic surgery and that both are sicker than the public really knows. Bill Clinton has even planned how Hillary should use his death politically in case he should die before she is elected to the presidency.
9. After the White House. After the White House Michelle will write a memoir. They are shopping for an agent and the right publisher now. After the book, “they want to travel abroad – maybe making their base for a while in Spain or France. They have friends there, and they love both countries – the food and the fashion. These are two women who very much embrace the good life. Valerie sees Michelle and herself sitting on the boards of a handful of corporations, giving speeches for big bucks, writing books and living large.”
10. The blood feud. “The Clintons and Obamas were engaged in a blood feud.” The feud is over control of the Democratic Party and the Clintons’ re-taking of the White House.
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