RUSH: The Ed Klein book, it's called Blood Feud, and based on the chapter Hillary's Heart, I think it should be called Blood Clot, but that's a different thing. The chapter that was excerpted in the New York Post yesterday that details the hatred the Obamas and Clintons have for each other, I read it, and I'm not alleging it doesn't exist and isn't true, any of that, but some of the quotes strike me as odd in the sense that I don't know people who speak this way.
Let me give you an example. Here's how the excerpt yesterday begins. "Outwardly, they put on a show of unity -- but privately, the Obamas and Clintons ... loathe each other."
Okay. Privately loath. Publicly put on a show of unity, but privately loathe. You know, words mean things to me. If you loathe somebody, you dislike them beyond hate. Hate and loathing are two different things. And then they quote Bill. "'I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who ever lived,' Bill Clinton said to friends on one occasion, adding he would never forgive Obama for suggesting he was a racist during the 2008 campaign."
"I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who ever lived." I don't know. Does this guy talk that way? "I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who ever lived." Why would he tell people this? If they've got this public show going on of unity, you know, one of the things you never betray your true feelings about people. Keep those -- small point. Let's move on.
"The feeling is mutual. Obama made excuses not to talk to Bill, while the first lady privately sniped about Hillary. On most evenings, Michelle Obama and her trusted adviser, Valerie Jarrett, met in a quiet corner of the White House residence. They’d usually open a bottle of Chardonnay, catch up on news about Sasha and Malia, and gossip about people who gave them heartburn. Their favorite bête noire was Hillary Clinton, whom they nicknamed 'Hildebeest,' after the menacing and shaggy-maned gnu that roams the Serengeti."
It's not menacing. It's an idiot. The wildebeest is an idiot. Anyway. "The animosity came to a head in the run-up to the 2012 election, when Obama’s inner circle insisted he needed the former president’s support to win. Obama finally telephoned Bill Clinton in September 2011 and invited him out for a round of golf."
Look, I know I'm not in this world of presidential politics, but I would never call somebody I loathed to play golf with 'em. Just wouldn't do it. Not if I really hated 'em. And then it quotes Bill telling Hillary, "I am not going to enjoy this. I’ve had two successors since I left the White House -- Bush and Obama -- and I’ve heard more from Bush, asking for my advice, than I’ve heard from Obama. I have no relationship with the president -- none whatsoever."
"I'm not going to enjoy this," Bill told Hillary? Then why do it?
"I really can’t stand the way Obama always seems to be hectoring when he talks to me. Sometimes we just stare at each other. It’s pretty damn awkward. Now we both have favors to ask each other, and it’s going to be very unpleasant. But I’ve got to get this guy to owe me and to be on our side."
He's explaining all this to Hillary. He's explaining why he's gonna go out and play golf with Obama, 'cause they need each other even though they hate each other. "'During the golf game, Clinton didn’t waste any time reminding Obama that as president, he had presided over eight years of prosperity, while Obama had been unable to dig the country out of the longest financial doldrums since the Great Depression.' 'Bill got into it right away,' said a Clinton family friend. 'He told Obama, "Hillary and I are gearing up for a run in 2016." He said Hillary would be "the most qualified, most experienced candidate, perhaps in history."'"
Well, I guess I can see him taunting Obama. This sounds like, I don't know, grade school chatter back and forth.
RUSH: Back to this Ed Klein chapter on the "Hildebeest" blood feud here. "And so, on March 1, 2013 -- the very day that the $85 billion in budget cuts known as the 'sequester' went into effect -- the Clintons slipped unnoticed into the White House and sat down for dinner with the Obamas in the Residence. Typically, once Obama decided to do something (for example, the surge in Afghanistan), he immediately had second thoughts, and his behavior during dinner degenerated from moody to grumpy to bad-tempered.
"After the obligatory greetings and small talk about family, Obama asked Bill what he thought about the sequester: Would it turn out to be a political plus for him? Bill went into a long -- and boring -- lecture about the issue. To change the subject, Hillary asked Michelle if it was true, as she had heard, that the first lady was thinking about running for the Senate from Illinois," Obama had told Clintons that on the golf course, and Obama had also told Clinton that Michelle was thinking about running for president.
When Bill was talking to Obama about maybe Hillary running in 2016, supposedly Obama said (impression), "Well, yeah. You know, uhhh, Michelle thinking about doing that, too," which supposedly made Clinton livid on the golf course. And if he didn't have a larger purpose, "he might have stormed off the golf course then and there," it says here.
"To change the subject," from the sequester, "Hillary asked Michelle if it was true, as she had heard, that the first lady was thinking about running for the Senate from Illinois, Michelle said that she was warming to the idea, though she had yet to make up her mind. Bill shot Hillary a look of incredulity," like: What are you bringing that up now for?
"Bill then moved the conversation to Obama’s vaunted 2012 campaign organization. He told Obama that it would be a good idea to fold the organization, along with all its digital and social-media bells and whistles, into the Democratic National Committee. Obama's only response was a disparaging smile. 'You have to use your organization to aid the candidate in 2016,' Bill pressed Obama. 'Really?' Obama replied in a tone of undisguised sarcasm," which made Bill even madder.
"The two men went back and forth over the subject of where the money for Obama's campaign organization had come from and how to allocate funds for the 2016 presidential election," because it's going to be Hillary in Bill's mind. "Bill raised his voice. So did Obama. As Bill Clinton went on about his managerial experience, Obama began playing with his BlackBerry under the table, making it plain that he wasn't paying attention to anything Clinton had to say.
"He was intentionally snubbing Clinton. Others around the table noticed Obama thumbing his BlackBerry, and the atmosphere turned even colder than before. Hillary changed the subject again. 'Are you glad you won't have to campaign again?' she asked Obama. 'You don't seem to enjoy it.' 'For a guy who doesn't like it,' Obama replied tartly, 'I've done pretty well.'"
Can you believe this kind of thing happening between these two couples at dinner? (interruption) You can? I guess if it's two full-fledged narcissists. Why do it? If you don't want to do it and it's going to be constant sparring, why do it? Anyway.
"'Well,' Bill said, 'I was glad to pitch in and help get you re-elected.' There was another long pause," while Obama is steaming over Clinton's assertion he couldn't have done it without him. "Finally, Obama turned to Bill and said, 'Thanks.' After the dinner, and once the Clintons had been ushered out of the family quarters, Obama shook his head and said, 'That’s why I never invite that guy over.'"
Now, come on. "That's why I never invite that guy over"?
"Lately, Bill Clinton has become convinced that Obama won’t endorse Hillary in 2016. During a gathering at Whitehaven, guests overheard Bill talking to his daughter Chelsea about whether the president would back Joe Biden. 'Recently, I’ve been hearing a different scenario from state committeemen,' Clinton said. 'They say he’s looking for a candidate who’s just like him. Someone relatively unknown. Someone with a fresh face.
He’s convinced himself he’s been a brilliant president, and wants to clone himself -- to find his Mini-Me. He’s hunting for someone to succeed him, and he believes the American people don’t want to vote for someone who’s been around for a long time. He thinks that your mother and I are what he calls "so 20th century." He’s looking for another Barack Obama.'"
That's how the chapter ends. That's what Bill told Chelsea. And then there's the chapter on Hillary's health, and if this is true, this is devastating. Hillary has a bad heart. Doctors diagnosed Hillary with several problems. This is after she fell and hit her head and all that horrible stuff happened, was out for six months. She had a right transverse venous thrombosis, which is a blood clot between her brain and her skull.
"To make matters worse, it turned out that Hillary had an intrinsic tendency to form clots and faint. In addition to the fainting spell she suffered in Buffalo a few years before, she had fainted boarding her plane in Yemen, fallen and fractured her elbow in 2009, and suffered other unspecified fainting episodes. Several years earlier, she had developed a clot in her leg and was put on anticoagulant therapy by her doctor. However, she had foolishly stopped taking her anticoagulant medicine," like all smartest women in the world do "which might have explained the most recent thrombotic event," or clot.
And it makes the point that Hillary has flown so many miles as secretary of state that that's another reason why she's got thrombotic tendencies, 'cause flying up there so long promotes lack of blood flow and clots and this kind of stuff.
"Hillary’s tendency to form clots was the least of her problems. She also suffered from a thyroid condition, which was common among women of her age," even smartest women of her age, "and her fainting spells indicated there was an underlying heart problem as well. A cardiac stress test indicated that her heart rhythm and heart valves were not normal. Put into layman’s language, her heart valves were not pumping in a steady way.
"When the author," Ed Klein, "attempted to contact the Clintons’ cardiologist, Dr. Allan Schwartz, he refused to comment, which made it impossible to determine the exact nature of Hillary’s medical status or its long-term significance. However, sources who dis- cussed Hillary’s medical condition with her were told that Hillary’s doctors considered performing valve-replacement surgery. They ultimately decided against it. Still, before they released Hillary from the hospital, they warned Bill Clinton: 'She has to be carefully monitored for the rest of her life.'"
To which Bill said (imitating Bill), "Well, fine, I wonder who we can hire to do that, 'cause that is not what I signed up for." No, we don't know if he said that. He probably didn't. I'm sure he'll be there round the clock bedside, whatever it takes, Bill Clinton. So there you have it. That's the Clinton installment today. That's it, folks.