WHITE HOUSE INSIDER: Bill Clinton vs Valerie Jarrett Backstage At DNC
Backstage, Bill says something like, “He wanted to break my hand.” He’s laughing it off. -WHI
Here is our latest interview with a longtime D.C. political operative. This interview was conducted via a series of messages both to and from the figure we simply refer to as Insider. In order to share with readers as quickly as possible, this interview has not been edited , so apologies for it’s somewhat brief and/or broken up nature.
UM: Final thoughts on the DNC convention?
WHI: Bill was great. Everyone else just ok. Obama fell flat.
UM: Do you think President Clinton’s speech will help Obama?
WHI: No. And I will try and explain why but do it briefly as I don’t have much time. Got a flight to catch. What Clinton did was a clever Lloyd Bentsen rehash. Kind of in reverse. Or first person take on it. And it was brilliant. Thank you very much.
UM: Sorry to bother you with a follow up to that but what do you mean? Lloyd Bentsen?
WHI: The VP candidate back in ’88. The debate with Quayle. Bush I era. Look it up.
UM: Know who Bentson was. But regarding Obama and the DNC????
WHI: Look it up. The “I knew JFK and you’re no JFK” part. That is what Bill did this week. A version of it. Reminded everyone of what was but what hasn’t been these last four years. Trust me. Don’t buy the liberal spin. That is what he did. And by the end of that speech, Obama knew it. Things were pretty icy backstage.
UM: Explain. How so?
WHI: Bill’s speech was double the time they gave him. Had Obama waiting. Kept the current POTUS waiting for almost an hour. Handlers not happy. Jarrett pissed. They do that little shake at the end when Obama walks out. Backstage, Bill says something like, “He wanted to break my hand.” He’s laughing it off. Knows what he wanted to do was done. Obama storms off. The two were all smiles onstage. Backstage, they parted. Bill’s getting congratulated and Obama is gone. Told somebody, was a woman so assume Jarrett but didn’t ask for clarification, took Bill aside and was shaking her finger in his face for a moment. Bill leaned down and whispered something to her and she walks off. He goes back to smiling and the handshakes. Classic Clinton. The smiling assassin. And what is the feedback today? That Obama’s speech was not as good as Clintons. That he isn’t Clinton. Look up the Bentsen reference. That’s what we saw Clinton pull off this week.
UM: Will he help fund-raise for Obama? Campaign for him?
WHI: Sure. In a limited amount. Has to keep the party bosses happy. For ’16. He won’t help Obama much. As little as possible to keep others he might need later happy.
UM: So he’s just playing politics with all this?
WHI: It’s Clinton. So yeah. Politics. Right. He is what he is.
UM: Saw the ad blitz story. Used your exact words. That came directly from Romney campaign. So you are working directly with them right?
WHI: I saw that story too. Just like I told you last week. Ad blitz. Tens of millions. Gonna bury POTUS.
UM: So you are working directly with the Romney campaign right?
WHI: The Romney team is running a good campaign. Very professional. Not perfect. And they are gonna need some more help. But so far so good.
UM: One more time. You are working directly with the Romney campaign, right?
WHI: How’s the weather up your way?
UM: If you won’t answer the question I will take that as a yes.
WHI: How’s the weather up your way?
UM: I really appreciated the heads up on the ad blitz info you gave out last week. Got something you can share about what’s coming up now?
WHI: Sure. Watch for DOJ-related.
UM: Dog and pony show or the real deal?
WHI: Don’t know. Out of my hands. Told you that a while ago.
UM: How about you? Just politics?
WHI: You know better than that. This is personal. This is real. Not just me. Kept thinking what happened four years ago. Denver. All of that. Let’s shut this down for now. Got to go. How about we do a sit down in a week or so? Should have some other things fleshed out by then that we can make part of this. Just enjoy the Romney ad campaign for now. It will be effective. Should be fun.
UM: Got anything on the Euro bailout? Lagarde, IMF, World Bank? To help Obama? Any information there?
WHI: That’s not my world. Hit up the Old Man for that stuff. He should be available soon. I got to shut this down. Got to go.
RELATED LINKS REGARDING “WHAT HAPPENED FOUR YEARS AGO” :
Insider: Told you – don’t know. He…my friend – he didn’t say…
…so out of that room they come. Everybody is excited…including Barack Obama. It’s like…it’s like one man went into that room and another one came out. An entirely different man walked out of that room than went in. That is how…that’s how he told it to me. A different man walked out. The change…that…the transformation was stunning. He seemed taller. His eyes were…there was an energy to him. Powerful. He was smiling and joking, shaking hands, talking real fast…the suit – the one you see on television…every detail was perfect. Everybody was rushing to shake his hand, tell them they loved him…but my friend…he was shaken up. It was too damn weird, right? What the hell happened in that room? How could one man walk in and another man walk out? We’re talking two extremes here…Obama was just about carried into that room…and he comes out…he’s bouncing off the f-cking walls.
UM: Did your friend get close…up close to Obama at that time?
Insider: Oh yeah…got the handshake. Looked right up at him. And Obama…he looked right down…looked right down and through him.
UM: Through him?
Insider: Yeah boy…right the f-ck through him. He didn’t recognize…my friend…he had been introduced to Obama not more than a day before. He was helping organize the whole fu–ing event there in Denver. He spoke to the president…to the nominee…probably for about ten minutes. And there was nothing odd at that time…Obama seemed like what everybody saw in public. Not what my friend saw go into that room…or what he saw come out of that room. And Barack Obama – my friend was very…he made a point of emphasis there – Barack Obama did not recognize him in the hall. Not a clue. He smiled down at him, shook his hand…kept repeating thank you over and over again…and his eyes were always blinking. Fast.