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In this highly anticipated follow-up to his blockbuster The Amateur, former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein delves into the rocky relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons. An old-school reporter with incredible insider contacts, Klein reveals just how deep the rivalry between the Obamas and the Clintons runs, with details on closed-door meetings buttressed by hundreds of interviews. Blood Feud is a stunning exposé of the animosity, jealousy, and competition between America’s two most powerful political couples.
Edward Klein's "Blood Feud, the Clintons vs. the Obamas" is the source of this week's trivia. It's a very quick read and frankly is more gossip than history, the kind of thing I like to reward myself with after pouring through more important matters. (I read this in a day and was left feeling a bit guilty that I enjoyed it, but truth be told, it is rather enjoyble, especially if you want to know the dirt on both Obamas, both Clintons, and Valerie Jarrett).
A pair of juicy Presidential quotes, one regarding heaven, the other hell, are trivial fodder this week.
The first quote is one I'd actually read somewhere else, so it appears to be true. Which President, the day after his election, told his party's chairman (page 167), "Before we proceed, I wish it clearly understood that I owe you nothing. Remember that God ordained that I should be the next president of the United States"?
The second quote (page 169) is new to me, but I like it a lot. Which Prdsident allegedly was known for the dictum, "You never tell somebody in politics to go go hell unless you can send them there"?
Need some choices. Let's begin with my two worst Presidents of all time.
John F. Kennedy
Answer--in fact, they were my two least favorite Presidents. Wilson felt he was ordained by God; LBJ spoke of the need to be able to send political opponents to Hell.
Confession--I didn't buy the book. It seemed to be screaming, "Take me home" as I passed by the new non-fiction section of the library. It's priced at $27.99 and only rates two (of five) stars in the source I googled. I'll get it back to the Manchester library the first of the year, so it can start screaming at other people innocently passing by.