President Obama was shocked and irritated by Mitt Romney’s concession call in the 2012 presidential election—and claimed Romney insinuated that Obama won only by getting out the black vote, according to a new book by presidential campaign strategist David Axelrod.
Obama was “unsmiling during the call, and slightly irritated when it was over,” Axelrod writes.
The president hung up and said Romney admitted he was surprised at his own loss, Axelrod wrote.
“‘You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,’ in other words, black people,'” Obama said, paraphrasing Romney. “That’s what he thinks this was all about.”
The 488-page memoir, “Believer: My 40 Years in Politics,” is due out Feb. 10 from Penguin Press. An advance copy was obtained by the Daily News.
In the book, Axelrod also reveals:
* Shortly after winning the Democratic primary in 2008, Obama briefly considered appointing Hillary Clinton to the Supreme Court.
* Former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was uncomfortable with senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, because of her close personal relationship with the Obamas. “‘I don’t want to manage the president’s best friend,” Emanuel said. To get rid of her, he campaigned for Jarrett to run for Obama’s Senate seat. But Obama wanted her in the White House and convinced her to abandon the idea.
* Obama complained privately about Biden’s long-winded nature when they were senators. “Joe Biden is a decent guy, but man, that guy can just talk and talk,” Obama complained to Axelrod at one point. “It’s an incredible thing to see.”
* The president was so desperate to get then-Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe to support his healthcare plan he joked he would give her the White House if she voted for it. “We’ll call it the Snowe plan. Hell, she can live here in the White House! Michelle and I will get an apartment,'” Obama said.
SOURCE: ANNIE KARNI , CELESTE KATZ
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