San Diego Sun Times
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In what observers are calling "callous chauvinism," President Barack Obama was heard on tape denigrating Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a discussion with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, calling her a "broad."
Obama was reportedly frustrated that Secretary Clinton, his former primary rival, did not secure a key trade deal with China last week. According to Emanuel's staff, the President expected the deal to be one of the landmarks of his early foreign policy.
The recording, was dismissed by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as "a misinterpretation." Gibbs would not go into further detail. The Washington Post's editorial board also declined to comment on the story.
When listened to, the recording of the President states that, "...I really needed her to do this. (inaudible) ... another failure. She told me that she didn't want (inaudible)." The President is then interrupted by a question from Emanuel, to which Obama replied, "She told me that she didn't want to do it. But she has to realize that I'm in charge, Rahm. She just can't go spouting her own views on important trips like some broad from downstate New York."
The tape was released to the press, despite the objections Chief of Staff Emanuel. After the Governor Rod Blagojevich scandal, Emanuel's conversations have been taped by staff, which makes it possible for all of his conversations with the President to be monitored.
This controversy comes at a time when Obama's approval rating is slipping with the American public, and Secretary Clinton is rumored to be contemplating resignation.
Secretary Clinton was unable to be reached for comments because of her trip to the Middle East.
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