Jonathan Alter's 'The Promise': Barney Frank To Hank Paulson 'F**k You! F**K You!'
The leaked portions of Newsweek scribe Jonathan Alter's "The Promise," which details President Obama's first year in office and is due out in May 18, continue to surface. And Alter's got more profanity-laced details of tense backroom meetings.
At the Washington Independent Aaron Weiner highlights another F-bomb festival, this time from a September 2008 meeting that included House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D - Mass.), Obama, John McCain, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and President Bush.
Frank was apparently incensed at Paulson's attempt to stop Democrats from criticizing the huge plan to bailout the financial sector -- in fact, it was Republicans who balked, Weiner observes. Here's Frank's blowup at Paulson:
Barney Frank muscled his way past Harry Reid and started yelling. "F-- you, Hank! F-- you! Blow up this deal? We didn't blow up this deal! Your guys blew up the deal! You better tell [GOP Rep. Spencer] Bacchus and the rest of them to get their s-- together!"
Earlier leaks of the book have included some embarrassing portrayals of White House adviser Rahm Emanuel. New York magazine had some choice bits about Rahm's anger at Bo, the Obama's family dog ("I'm going to kill that fucking dog," and his yelling to a male staffer: "Take your fucking tampon out and tell me what you have to say."