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'Hildebeest' insult made public: Obama - Clinton feud hits boiling point

"I hate that man Obama more than any man I've ever met, more than any man who ever lived..." - Bill Clinton comments on Barack Obama, 2008.

Barry and Bubba share a quiet moment.
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In what could be described as a political bombshell, the New York Post reported on June 21, 2014 that journalist Edward Klein's new book has opened the proverbial can of worms between the Democratic Party's favorite family dynasty, and what may be the Dem's family in waiting ready to snatch away the crown. However this D.C. drama plays out, the N.Y. Post is noting behind-the-scenes theatrics and instances of flat out backbiting that at times has aspired to Shakespearean proportions.

Aptly named "Blood Feud," Klein's released-this-week tell all book chronicles example upon example of Bill and Hillary Clinton quite simply have a very, very low opinion of Barack and Michelle Obama. Obversely, for those who consider themselves hard core Obama backers, they can rest assured that the feeling is more than mutual.

With the Donkey Party not yet descending into an all-out civil war, the real and palpable dislike the former and current First Couples have for each other has survived the 2008 and 2012 White House runs. Yet the cattiness has descended to such a state of raw emotions, there may be a drag on Hillary Clinton's much presumed White House run in 2016, and also on the oft-speculated Michelle Obama run at replacing Illinois Republican Mark Kirk from the U.S. Senate, also in 2016, as reported by NBC News - Chicago on June 5, 2014.

As reported, the rift between the two dynasties dates back to the tumultuous, and often personally nasty, 2008 presidential primaries which saw Hillary and Barack going head-to-head for the Democratic Party's nomination. As The New York Times reported at the time, Bill angrily accused Barack of a "hit job" during the South Carolina primary, accusing his fellow politico of feeding to the media that he was promoting racism.

Relying on political insiders who all spoke only on grounds of strict anonymity, Klein penned that Bill Clinton has never forgiven nor will he ever forgive Barack Obama for insinuating in '08 that he was promoting racial bigotry. As cited, Clinton was quoted:

I hate that man Obama more than any man I've ever met, more than any man who ever lived.

The loathsome comments weren't strictly male dominated. Taken from "Blood Feud" was an example Michelle intimating to White House heavyweight Valarie Jarrett exactly how she felt about Hillary:

On most evenings, Michelle Obama and her trusted adviser, Valerie Jarrett, met in a quiet corner of the White House residence. They’d usually open a bottle of Chardonnay, catch up on news about Sasha and Malia, and gossip about people who gave them heartburn.

Their favorite bête noire was Hillary Clinton, whom they nicknamed 'Hildebeest,' after the menacing and shaggy-maned gnu that roams the Serengeti.

Klein also penned 2012 bestselling exposé "The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House" in which Klein claims the title was taken from an unsubstantiated quote Bill Clinton once used to describe Barack Obama. Despite Klein's books hitting exposed nerves, he does have a reputable journalistic résumé: Contributing editor to Vanity Fair, former foreign editor of Newsweek, and former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine.

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