Caroline even became so disgusted by Obama she called him a “liar and worse.”
Klein’s just-released book “Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House” skyrocketed to the No. 1 spot on the New York Times best-seller list in its first week in publication and has remained there for the third week in a row.
Klein offers surprising behind-the-scenes details about Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s relationship with Caroline and other members of the Kennedy clan.
During the 2008 primary campaign, Caroline enthusiastically supported Obama, comparing him to her father JFK. She and her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy, broke long standing ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton to strongly back Obama in the contested 2008 Democratic primary.
Caroline even described Obama as the heir to her father’s political legacy, writing, “I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.”
And Caroline and Sen. Kennedy’s support even caused a rupture in the Kennedy clan, known for its tight family bond.
Bobby complained to his uncle Ted Kennedy about the “outrageous way” the Obama camp tried to hang the charge of racism on Bill Clinton.
Bobby grew angry listening to Caroline praise Obama at a family luncheon and squeezed his glass so hard that it shattered in his hand, “shocking everyone and causing a sudden silence,” Klein reports.
Seeking a position as an adviser on education policy, Caroline sent the White House a long memo detailing her suggestions for reform and asking for a meeting with the president. She never got a response.
Caroline again sought a meeting with Obama while he was vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard in the summer of 2011, staying at a house close to Caroline’s. The president spurned her overture, and “a presidential snub had turned into an insult,” Klein observes.
Caroline heard back from White House sources that the president and first lady made catty remarks about how badly the Kennedy women dressed and how their homes were shabby.
Caroline felt that Michelle didn’t want the Kennedys to be part of the administration because she feared they would have too much influence over the president.
At a White House reception, Caroline said shaking hands with the first lady was “like shaking hands with a cold fish.”
Caroline was annoyed by what she called “odious” comparisons in the media between her mother Jackie and Michelle.
Caroline ultimately became so disillusioned about Obama that she said: “I can’t stand to hear his voice anymore. He’s a liar and worse.”