Of all the freshly revealed anecdotes, though, none may be as eye-opening as the previously-unknown friction between the president and vice-president – which on Saturday a Biden spokesman dismissed as “rumors.” The tensions began in September of 2008 word got back to Obama’s campaign headquarters that Biden had told reporters on his campaign plane that he was more qualified than his running mate to be president.
“A chill set in between Chicago and the Biden plane,” Halperin and Heilemann write in the book, to be released Monday. “Joe and Obama barely spoke by phone, rarely campaigned together.”
And when Obama campaign manager David Plouffe was asked about having Biden dial into the nightly campaign conference call, he responded: “Nah.” Instead, Biden had his own call with Plouffe and senior campaign adviser David Axelrod.
Obama himself was growing increasingly frustrated with his running mate after Biden let loose with a string of gaffes, including a statement that paying higher taxes amounted to patriotism and criticism of one of the campaign’s own ads poking fun at John McCain.
But when Biden, at an October fund-raiser in Seattle, famously predicted that Obama would be tested with an international crisis, the then-Illinois senator had had enough.
“How many times is Biden gonna say something stupid?” he demanded of his advisers on a conference call, a moment at which most people on the call said the candidate was as angry as they had ever heard him.
For his part, the authors write, Biden wasn’t pleased with the campaign’s direction.
After a prep session for a “Meet the Press” appearance following the Democratic convention, Biden was incredulous when he was briefed by campaign aides about the ticket’s tax policy. He told them: “Well, it’s your campaign. I’ll say what you want me to say. But after Election Day, all bets are off.”
Following his campaign plane braggadocio about being more qualified than the man who put him on the ticket, Biden’s access to the press was limited and he grilled new staffers that were assigned to him to try and determine if they were part of his team or loyal to Chicago.
When the ticketmates talked a few days after Biden’s prediction that Obama would be tested, Obama lit into his running mate. But Biden didn’t apologize – or even indicate he understood why his comments in Seattle were problematic, though McCain’s campaign had already cut an ad featuring the dark warning.
Speaking to his own staff, Biden insisted that it hadn’t really been a gaffe. And feeling a bit defensive, he invoked one of the worst memories of Obama’s primary campaign.
“I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t say anything about bitter people who cling to their guns and religion,” Biden cracked, the authors paraphrase.
Asked about the book, Biden spokesman Jay Carney said: “We aren’t going to comment on rehashed rumors about the campaign. But I can say that if the authors were concerned with accuracy they might have checked their reporting with people on the Vice President’s staff. They did not. I can also say that the President and Vice President have worked together very closely and successfully this past year.”
Paula Nowakowski, answers questions from the news media after testifying before the U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct at the U.S. Capitol October 17, 2006 in Washington, DC.
Just awful, and horribly unexpected:
Paula Nowakowski, the longtime chief of staff to House Republican Leader John Boehner, died suddenly Saturday night, according to the leader’s office. She was 46.
“It is with profound sadness and shock that I announce the passing of Paula Nowakowski, my longtime chief of staff, trusted aide and friend, who died suddenly last night,” Boehner said in a statement early Sunday afternoon. “Words cannot adequately express the sorrow and disbelief I and every member of our team are grappling with today in the wake of this stunning news.”
A Boehner aide said the cause was an apparent heart attack.
Aides said Sunday that Boehner’s office and extended network of former colleagues, known to many as “Boehner-land,” were collectively shocked by the news.
“We will remember Paula as she would want to be remembered — as a tireless worker, faithful friend, rabid Detroit sports fan, whip-smart strategist, warrior for freedom and devoted Catholic who counted President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II among her greatest heroes. She will never be replaced or forgotten,” Boehner said. “I ask for your prayers for Paula’s family.”
As one lady bellows, “Oh my word!”
The video, below, via The Roanoke Tea Party, is just another example of the arrogant, disdainful, and contemptuous attitude currently running rampant among the political class towards taxpayers. It was shot at the Tea Party protest at Senator Webb’s office on 1/06.
The Roanoke Tea Party has more video from the confrontation at their site.
It’s never made sense to me why the party of slavery, the party of segregation, the party of the Ku Klux Klan, aka The Democrat party somehow ended up winning the vast majority of minority votes in this country, year after year. It doesn’t seem fair. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, Martin Luther King was a Republican. Coretta Scott King was a Republican.
Republicans of all colors embrace King’s principle of judging a man by the content of his character, and not the color of his skin. But Democrats could never do that…they turned that principle on its head. They were more interested in grievances, and retribution, instead of becoming colorblind, they became race obsessed.
That’s why Democrats repeatedly accuse their political opponents of being racists. The tea partiers are racist, opponents of ObamaCare are racists, anyone who criticizes the President is obviously a racist. But the Dems, themselves supposedly harbor no negative racial stereotypes, or attitudes, whatsoever.
I said supposedly, because we all know that elite progressives (as they like to be called) project their own inclinations onto others.
Chris Matthews ticked off countless black conservatives with his “monochromatic tea parties” remark:
Bob Parks, a Project 21 member from Virginia, said: “Here’s a news flash for Chris Matthews. I was there. So was my son. Last time I checked, both of us are black — and we weren’t the only black people there. I know other black people who attended the September 12 rally in Washington, including some of the ones who spoke at the podium! I guess the MSNBC camera people missed them.”
“To me, this means Chris Matthews thinks that blacks who don’t toe the liberal line are either invisible – and apparently irrelevant – or such sellouts that they’ve become white. Obviously, he doesn’t have the guts to have us on ‘Hardball’ so he can call us all-white ‘teabaggers’ to our faces.”
What could be more racist than insinuating that unless you tow the party line, you don’t count.
A new book, Game Change, by John Heliemann and Mark Halperin airs some dirty laundry about our betters in the Democrat party.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Saturday following reports he had privately described then-candidate Barack Obama during the presidential campaign as a black candidate who could be successful thanks in part to his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
Journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann reported the remarks in their new book “Game Change,” which was purchased by CNN Saturday at a Washington-area bookstore. The book is slated for official release next Tuesday.
Atlas Shrugs has Lt Colonel Allen West’s response to Harry Reid’s buffoonery.
America’s “first black President” doesn’t come out looking any better:
[A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bill’s handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.
Obama was quick to forgive Harry Reid, accepting his apology “without question”.
Just spit-ballin’, here, but I wonder what his reaction would be if a Republican had made a much more racially innocuous statement in say, *an elevator, to another Republican on his 100th birthday?
* It wasn’t an elevator? I had always thought Lott’s comments to Thurmond were made in an elevator.