President Barack Obama has enthusiastically endorsed Hillary Clinton, but his wife Michelle Obama remains silent since the former first lady claimed the presidential candidacy for the Democratic party.
Surprisingly, Michelle Obama made no mention of Clinton’s historic moment for women during the entire White House United State of Women conference, produced by Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.
The First Lady participated an interview with Oprah Winfrey during the conference which focused heavily on the power of women — but Hillary Clinton was not discussed by Winfrey or Obama.
Michelle Obama also delivered a speech at the conference which made no mention of Clinton.
After President Obama endorsed Clinton in a web video last week, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest asserted that the first lady was “enthusiastic” about Clinton’s campaign and that reporters could “interpret that video as a joint endorsement.”
But Michelle Obama didn’t express any enthusiasm for Clinton.
The two first ladies haven’t spent much time together, although Obama has dutifully kept court with both of the Clintons.
A book claimed in April that Michelle Obama had no love for Hillary Clinton as a result of bad blood during the 2008 primary campaign.
“The 2008 presidential campaign left deep and lasting scars on both the Clinton and the Obama camps, and they are still shockingly fresh,” wrote Kate Anderson Brower in her book First Women, the Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies.
Michelle Obama praised Clinton in April, calling her “phenomenal” and “impressive.”