Report: Obama secretly urging Elizabeth Warren to challenge Hillary

According to Edward Klein, author of Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas, President Obama and Valerie Jarrett are working to derail Hillary Clinton’s plan to be the Democratic nominee by urging Elizabeth Warren to run. According to Klein, writing in the New York Post:

 President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me.

Publicly, Obama has remained noncommittal on the 2016 race, but privately he worries that Clinton would undo and undermine many of his policies. There’s also a personal animosity, especially with Bill Clinton, that dates from their tough race six years ago.


Obama has authorized his chief political adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to conduct a full-court press to convince Warren to throw her hat into the ring.

In the past several weeks, Jarrett has held a series of secret meetings with Warren. During these meetings, Jarrett has explained to Warren that Obama is worried that if Hillary succeeds him in the White House, she will undo many of his policies.

While it is no secret there is great animosity between Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, dating to the charge of racism back in the South Carolina primary race in 2008, I m somewhat skeptical of Klein’s anonymous sources here. While Warren is more left wing than Hillary, I strongly doubt Klein’s assertion that Obama is worried Hillary would repeal much of his legacy.

Nevertheless, I hope this report is true. I would love to see a brawl between Clinton and Warren break out. It would be great to observe how well an Obama endorsement works out for Warren. A lot of Senate candidates this year don't seem too eager for one.