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Reports are claiming that former President Bill Clinton made insensitive remarks about then-Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential Campaign. Clinton allegedly made the insensitive remark to Senator Ted Kennedy in 2008, while trying to convince him to endorse Hillary for the Democratic nomination, according to the New Yorker. Allegedly he said: “A few years ago, this guy would have been carrying our bags.” Clinton and President Obama are said to have clashed after President Obama won the bid for Democratic presidential nominee over Clinton’s wife.
Although Clinton is said to have since given his support to President Obama, his remark is the latest in a series of apparent outbursts against the President. There’s a claim that Clinton made yet another insensitive remark in 2010 about President Obama, in which he stated: “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee, ” in the book titled “Game Change” by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Rumors are claiming Clinton nearly boycotted this week’s Democratic National Convention, stating he wouldn’t attend the convention if he wasn’t given a prominent role. Interesting enough, he is slated to speak on Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.
Clinton is also quoted for previously branding President Obama as “incompetent” and an “amateur” last year. Clinton added that Obama “does not know how the world works“, according to an article in the Sunday Post by Edward Klein, author of “The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House.” Reports claim Clinton even urged his wife to quit her job as U.S. Secretary of State and to challenge President Obama for the Democratic ticket as she knew how to do a better job of it.
Clinton, once revered as the “first black President” by prominent African American leaders, has not released a comment in response to the allegations.