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President Clinton: 'Barack Obama Is An Amateur'

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May 11 2012, Published 6:00 a.m. ET

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Former President Bill Clinton called current President Barack Obama an "amateur," according to Edward Klein’s The Amateur, a new memoir about the current commander-in-chief.

"Barack Obama is an amateur," he said, according to the book. “The economy’s a mess, it’s dead flat. America has lost its Triple-A rating."

The man who famously didn't inhale made the eyebrow-raising remarks to his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in an effort last summer to convince her to challenge the sitting president in the 2012 elections.

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"You know better than Obama does,” Bill told Hillary, adding he thought the current president “doesn’t know how to be president” and is “incompetent.”

He tried to coax Hillary into a run, telling her, “The country needs you!” and that he wasn't necessarily "young enough” to help her for a 2016 run.

Hillary told him she's "the highest-ranking member in Obama’s Cabinet," eats "breakfast with the guy every Thursday morning" and is loyal to the current president.

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“Loyalty is a joke,’’ Bill told her. “Loyalty doesn’t exist in politics.”

Clinton’s spokesman Matt McKenna called the quotes “totally and completely false," noting Klein -- an ex-editor of publications like The New York Times Magazine and Newsweek -- is “a known liar.”


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