As Michael Bloomberg continues to saturate the airwaves with commercials that suggest he and former president Barack Obama were bosom buddies (along with ads that make Bloomberg a saintly figure in every other way as well), Gabriel Sherman, writing for Vanity Fair, has published a commentary which tells a very different story.
Here are its first three paragraphs:
The logic of the current Democratic primary contest dictates that Michael Bloomberg portray himself as Barack Obama’s true heir. And so, with Bloomberg’s vast resources, it has come to pass. 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.
Oops. That doesn’t exactly read like a mutual admiration society, does it?
But, then again, what’s the difference? As joseph goebbels supposedly said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” And no one doubts Michael Bloomberg has the means to endlessly tell us about his comradery with Barack Obama, even if it doesn’t exist.
And now, the big question: where is Barack Obama on this?
Mr. Obama, by pointedly not endorsing his two term vice president, Joe Biden, has made it clear he is not on board the Biden candidacy. Can it also be said that, by not debunking the implicit claim of Bloomberg’s ad, he is OK with it? Supportive of its premise?
Some people say a lot by saying nothing. Barack Obama certainly knows this. So why isn’t he piping up, one way or the other?
There is little doubt the Bloomberg campaign thanks him for remaining silent….just as the Biden campaign (along with Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, etc.) must be resentful for that silence. And, still, not a word out of him.
Can we call it ObamaDoesn’tCare?