Obama’s team branded Hillary Clinton a ‘f**king vampire you can’t kill off’ and snubbed her for VP job in 2008
BARACK Obama is set to reveal how his team brandedHillary Clinton a "f**king vampire you can't kill off" in his upcoming book,and overlooked her for the vice president job in 2008.
In his highly anticipated memoir A Promised Land, which goes on sale next Tuesday, Obama will admit he was furious when she refused to back down from her 2008 campaign against him for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency, a publishing source said.
"Obama writes about how by February 2008 it should have been obvious to Hillary that she was fighting a losing battle – but she would not give up," the book insider said.
"He says he admired her tenacity but his admiration only extended so far. He describes how his campaign manager, David Plouffe, described Clinton as ‘like a f**king vampire,' adding, 'You can’t kill her off.’
"After Obama won the nomination, he says Hillary started to lobby him for a job, insisting she wanted to be a ‘team player’ for the good of the party and her country.’
"He considered picking her as his vice-presidential running mate but decided it would be too complicated as it would mean nominating Bill Clinton as his Second Man.
"He describes in the book how he was worried it would be awkward to have a former president wandering around the West Wing and gave the job to Joe Biden. After his victory, Hillary became his secretary of state."
Obama will also describe a bitter clash with Bill Clinton’s wife after one of her top officials tried to portray him as a former drug dealer.
Obama admitted in a 1995 book, Dreams From My Father, that before entering politics, he tried marijuana and cocaine, adding that he didn’t try heroin because he disliked the pusher who tried to sell it to him.
But he complains in his new 751-page book that Hillary’s New Hampshire co-chair, Billy Shaheen, was out of order when he went further and falsely told the media he had dealt drugs too.
"Obama describes how Hillary apologized to him for the comment when they bumped into each other as they waited for their campaign planes to take off from a Washington airport," the source said.
"But then she became agitated and started attacking him, claiming Obama's campaign team was engaging in 'unfair' attacks and 'underhanded tactics'."
Shaheen later resigned after making the drug dealer comment.
Obama also turns the tables on Donald Trump in the forthcoming memoir.
The ex-president is set to reveal how he was outraged when Trump began peddling the claim that he was not qualified to hold office because he was born in Kenya.
The book says that Obama – who was actually born in Hawaii to a Kenyan father – had never even met Trump at the time, according to the source.
He talks about how Trump reached out to him during his presidency to offer his help plugging Deepwater Horizon, an offshore well owned by BP that exploded in April 2010, spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
When that offer was declined Trump offered to build Obama a "beautiful ballroom" at the White House, the insider said.
"Obama talks about how in 2010, during the Deepwater Horizon crisis, Trump called the White House out of the blue and asked if he could be put in charge of plugging the Deepwater Horizon well," the source said.
"The call was taken by Obama’s senior policy advisor, David Axelrod, who pointed out that the offer was unnecessary because the well was almost sealed.
"Trump then apparently shifted gears and said he wanted to build 'a beautiful ballroom' to replace the tent on the White House lawn that Obama used for a recent state dinner.
"Obama describes how the offer was politely declined because he found it hard to take Trump too seriously.
"He says all the developers and business leaders he knew in New York described him as 'all hype' and a person with a long list of breached contracts, bankruptcy filings and disgruntled employees."
The highly anticipated memoir covers Obama’s youth and the years 2008 to 2011 up until the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
The book also reveals the bizarre moment when photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse were beamed to the White House and Obama told a joke to "lighten the mood".
The publishers Penguin Random House paid over $65 million in 2017
for the rights to Michelle and Barack’s memoirs — a record for presidential autobiographies.
Obama’s manuscript was so large that it had to be split into two volumes – A Promised Land is the first of these.
The book is also set to cover details about the raid on bin Laden and how he had a tense first meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin who went on a 45 minute rant against America.
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