Former President Bill Clinton received flak from his comment that Obama's campaign was "the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen." But he made an even more dismissive comment about Obama in private with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, according to the book.
"A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee," Clinton reportedly said.
Then-Sen. Hillary Clinton reportedly created a war room within her campaign war room, with staffers poised to deal with "a serious extramarital affair" by the former president, according to the book.
When Clinton was offered the job of secretary of state, she reportedly balked, worried about her husband.
"You know I can't control him, and at some point he'll be a problem," Clinton reportedly told the president-elect.
And then there is the controversial remark by Sen. Harry Reid on Barack Obama's race.
"[Reid] was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama, a 'light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,' as he said privately," according to the book, which comes out this week.
Republicans seized on Reid's comments, arguing that if a Republican had made similar statements, he or she would be asked to resign.
Reid called the president last week to apologize for his comments.
While the former candidates may want to keep the cover shut on the answers, the book will be open to Americans across the country, beginning later this week.