Bill Clinton told an audience in Spokane, Washington, on Monday that President Obama has left America an “awful legacy.”
The former president, who already has a strained relationship with Obama, did himself no favors with the commander in chief while on the campaign trail for his wife.
Clinton told listeners at Spokane Falls Community College that if they believed the U.S. had “finally come to the point where we could put the awful legacy of the last 8 years behind us and the 7 years before that where we were practicing trickle-down economics and no regulation in Washington, then you should vote for [Hillary].”
Clinton’s remarks are likely to conjure up memories of the time he allegedly tried to secure an endorsement for Hillary’s 2008 campaign from Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy by saying then-Sen. Obama “would have been carrying our bags” only a few years prior to his run for the White House.
The anecdote was revealed in a Sept. 10, 2012, issue of the New Yorker. The story was relayed by NBC’s Tim Russert to writer Ryan Lizza. The famous “Meet the Press” host died in 2008.
Author Edward Klein also claimed in his 2012 book, “The Amateur,” that Clinton told friends Obama was “incompetent” and an “amateur.”
“The economy’s a mess. It’s dead flat. America has lost its Triple-A rating. … You know better than Obama does,” the former president allegedly told Hillary. “The country needs you!”
A spokesman for the Clinton family denied any such conversation took place, the Blaze reported May 11, 2012.
Monday’s remarks by Clinton are odd considering his wife’s pledge to continue Obama’s policies if she is the 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee. They also come at a time when Hillary is at the mercy of the FBI as it conducts an investigation into her handling of government documents while secretary of state.
More than 100 agents are examining the contents of the former secretary of state’s “home brew” email server to determine whether or not she should be prosecuted for violating a subsection of the Espionage Act related to “gross negligence.”