Ed Klein’s book on Barack Obama, provocatively titled “The Amateur,” is an impressive work of investigative journalism – so impressive that it’s made waves everywhere, and hit the top of the New York Times bestseller list in very little time.
To that end, Glenn invited Klein on his show to discuss some of the more interesting allegations in the book, as well as to talk through Klein’s sourcing on some of the stories, just to confirm that the book’s reporting was really as unimpeachable as it should be. The interview lasted nearly 15 minutes, and included some fairly hot accusations and juicy bits of White House gossip, most of which Klein claimed were backed up by multiple sources.
The video is watchable below, and followed by a few highlights:
Klein tells several fairly shocking tales about the social circles surrounding the Obamas during the course of the interview. His stories range from the worrisome to the gossipy to the lurid, and even to to the humorous. For instance, in one part of the interview, Klein documents how women who had shared a gym with Michelle Obama had laughed off the idea of President Obama cheating on his wife.
“She would have killed him!” Klein quotes his sources as saying.
Not that it’s all humor. Among the more serious topics covered, Klein mentions the outsized power of Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who apparently had such a degree of influence with the First Lady that she was able to get no less an eminence than Oprah Winfrey frozen out of the campaign. Klein also notes that all of Obama’s closest advisers have returned to Chicago, with the exception of Jarrett, who still remains best friends with Michelle, and even eats dinner with the First Family at 6:30 – something no other White House staffer can do. So powerful is Jarrett, in fact, that she can even force Chiefs of Staff to leave the White House.
Klein also discusses Jarrett’s connection to Solyndra by way of the Kaiser Foundation, which gave Jarrett numerous grants while she worked at the University of Chicago, and which owned over 30 percent of Solyndra.
“It was an inside job, that whole Solyndra thing,” Klein says. “It’s all intertwined.”