What's a Presidential election without a little gossip?
And, with the 2012 race for the White House just around the corner, we've now got some juicy gossip about the incumbent candidate, President Barack Obama.
It's all due to Edward Klein -- a former "Newsweek" and "New York Times" editor.
Edward has written previous salacious bestsellers about Hilary Clinton and the Kennedys, though many questioned his sources. And his new book, "The Amateur," which hits shelves Tuesday, focuses on the rumors and back-room talk behind Obama's 2008 campaign and his first term in the White House.
In the build up to the release, various tidbits have leaked. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Former President Bill Clinton implored his then-candidate wife Hilary not to give in to candidate Obama at the tail end of her 2008 Presidential bid. (We're sure this made things awwwkward later between POTUS and former-POTUS).
- The Obama camp tried to pay Obama's former pastor from Chicago, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, to keep silent after the media feeding frenzy about some of his rather inflammatory statements. According to Jeremiah, Obama asked him in a secret meeting to stop talking to the press and speaking in public, to which Jeremiah countered by explaining that speaking in public was part of his job as a pastor. Later, a "close friend" of Obama's offered him $150,000 not to preach until after the election.
- First Lady Michelle Obama is paranoid that POTUS will have a Bill Clinton-style moment of infidelity and keeps tabs on all of the women that surround the President, looking out for anyone that gets too touchy or close.
- FLOTUS also hates Oprah Winfrey. Apparently, Michelle is not a fan of the first lady of TV talk shows and despised that fact that POTUS had to seek her support. She also made her go through the regular bureaucratic hoops for requesting a White House interview and did not want Oprah involved in her "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity because FLOTUS supposedly thought the media tycoon was a bad role model for kids to stay healthy.
Can someone say "ouch!?"
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