The way President Barack Obama and the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carry on with each other, one would believe they have been best friends for years. However, this may be just be part of a charade to make people forget how they were once bitter enemies in a fight for the party’s nomination for president.
Back in 2007, when Billy Shaheen was the co-chair of Clinton’s New Hampshire campaign, while trying to bring Obama down, he tried using a tactic that Donald Trump is famous for; Apophasis, the raising of an issue by claiming it shouldn’t be brought up. (Donald Trump has mastered this technique. One example is when he tweeted in January: “I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct.”
In an interview with The Washington Post back in 2007, Shaheen said that he was concerned that the Republicans might use Obama’s 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father, to blast Obama for his drug use. In the book, the former president admits to experimenting with cocaine and marijuana.
Shaheen said, “It’ll be, ‘When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?’ There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks.” He continued by claiming that Republicans don’t have the same morals or principles they have and nothing was out of bounds.
Hillary Clinton knew that Shaheen had went too far and, according to Obama’s former personal aide Reggie Love, she apologized to Obama in person. He declined her apology, considering that her campaign was also spreading rumors that he was Muslim at the time.
Shaheen resigned from his position and currently works as a Clinton super-delegate.