Bill Clinton has not forgiven Ted Kennedy or Caroline Kennedy for their support of Barack Obama during their heated primary fight for the Democratic nomination last year.
The New York Times magazine will report on Sunday that Clinton felt he “did so much” for the Kennedys over the years and that they had become almost family. He felt deeply betrayed when they endorsed Obama instead of his wife.
Indeed, as IrishCentral.com has previously reported when word of the impending Kennedy announcement was circulating, Clinton tried to have several leading Irish Americans call Kennedy to try and get him to change his mind.
As Clinton sees it, according to the article by Peter Baker, “he did so much for the Kennedys over the years that he felt they became almost family.”
In the article, Bono also criticizes the former President for not doing enough about AIDS overseas when he was in office.
“He did a lot on domestic AIDS, but I think he does beat himself up on not dealing with global AIDS quickly enough,” Bono told the Times. However, since leaving office, Bono says Clinton “not only got up to speed but got into the fast lane in fighting this epidemic.”
Clinton agrees with Bono. On AIDS he said, “I felt that neither I nor anyone else in the world did enough. We tripled overseas AIDS funding when I was President, and we were contributing about 25 percent of the funding in the world, but it was a pitiful amount.”
The article also makes clear that the Obama/Clinton relationship is guarded. The two have only spoken once since Obama became President and there is little love lost despite the fact that Hillary is Secretary of State. However, Clinton is praised by Obama insiders for staying out of the way of the new President and not trying to upstage him.
People who worked in both administrations compare Obama favorably to Clinton in terms of his working habits. They “marvel” at Obama’s discipline, and remember with a shudder Clinton’s “purple rages” when he castigated staff members behind closed doors.
Clinton also reveals that he does not have the same amount of the legendary stamina he used have since his heart surgery six years ago. However, he says his slower pace has made him more mellow and more laid-back about his life and career. He and his wife spend every weekend they can together, but mostly live separate lives, often globetrotting to different countries at the same time.