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February 21, 2020

"Mike[Boomberg] Would Have Dinner Parties And Piss All Over Obama"

And Obama still holds a grudge.

From Vanity Fair's not-super-reliable Gabe Sherman, Obama and his cronies are "triggered" (their words!) by a Bloomberg ad which suggests the he and Obama were great pals allies, when in fact Obamaworld considers Bloomberg to have been at best a frenemy.

A 30-second spot began circulating earlier this month that portrays Bloomberg and Obama as close allies. The spot pairs photos of the two together with encomiums from the former president. "I want to thank the mayor of this great city, Mayor Bloomberg, for his extraordinary leadership," Obama intones at one point.

Obamaworld, with its long memory, was not happy. "I was triggered by the ad," a former Obama official said. "The ubiquity of the ads is what bothers me," Dan Pfeiffer, Obama's former communications director told me. "Bloomberg didn't endorse Obama in 2008, and in 2012 he offered a tepid endorsement that included parts that read like an RNC attack ad."

Several recent reports have acknowledged Bloomberg’s policy differences with Obama, but sources close to both men tell me the antagonism runs much deeper. In private, Obama thinks Bloomberg acted high-handed and arrogant, while Bloomberg has told friends that Obama is a lightweight, sources said. "Mike would have dinner parties and piss all over Obama when he was president. I know because I attended them," a prominent Democratic donor told me.

Hey, I think I'm starting to like this guy.

All right, it's passed.

At a dinner party during the 2008 election, a source remembers Bloomberg's longtime girlfriend, Diana Taylor, getting into an argument with Sheekey's wife, who was supporting Obama. "How can you be so stupid to be for someone like Obama?" Taylor asked, the person told me. "Diana was repeating what Mike would say about Obama, except it was louder," the source recalled. (The Bloomberg campaign did not respond to a request for comment.)

A confidant of both Bloomberg and Obama told me the tension between them was in part fueled by Bloomberg's belief that he should be president. "Bloomberg would belittle Obama in private. It was like, That should have been me in the White House. There was jealousy there," the source said.

I don't know about you, but I personally find a great deal of reassurance in knowing that Our Cognitive and Moral Elites are so totally above vanity and petty personal squabbles and jockeying for social position and are just totally about The Common Good For Everyone.

Meanwhile: Michael Bloomberg is the only candidate whose level of support shifted notably in the debate.

It shifted down, of course:

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