Sunday, January 10, 2010

Obama asked Biden to be his VP because he needed foreign policy gravitas... but

The relationship between Barack Obama and Joe Biden grew so strained during the 2008 campaign, according to a new book, that the two rarely spoke and aides not only kept Biden off internal conference calls but refused to even tell him they existed.
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann in “Game Change,” let loose with some secrets, according to Politico

Chelsea Clinton persuaded her mother to opt out of a running in 2004

Schumer – using an Obama ally, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), as a back channel – pushed the candidate to “take a two-by-four to Hillary,”

Kennedy recalled Clinton had said of Obama, “a few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee,” the authors paraphrase.

On John and Elizabeth Edwards, the former North Carolina senator's wife viewed herself as a worldly intellectual and publicly called her husband "a hick" and his parents "rednecks," according to the authors.

Reid said Obama could fare well nationally as an African-American candidate because he was “light-skinned” and didn’t speak with a “Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.”