Published July 23, 2014
Michelle Obama may not be having a blood feud with Hillary Clinton, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy about another Clinton in the White House.
The first lady reportedly told people who attended a Manhattan fundraiser earlier in the month that she isn’t at war with either Hillary Clinton or her husband, the former president; however, people who were present say she took a swipe at Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations.
Obama’s comments came during a question-and-answer session at a fundraiser at the home of financier Charles Myers, according to people who were present.
When she was asked if she had any aspirations to run for office, Obama said “no” because her children need some time being out of the spotlight. Without mentioning Hillary Clinton’s name, she then added: “I don’t believe one family should be in the White House or running for office constantly,” according to the recollection of one person at the event.
The attendee tells FOX Business that he took the remarks as a snub against Clinton, though the questions soon shifted away from presidential politics to other matters including her husband’s presidential library, joking at one point that she’s going to donate “all my dresses there.”
Press officials for Myers, an executive at investment bank Evercore Partners, declined to comment. Representatives for Michelle Obama didn’t return requests for comment.
The alleged strained relations between the presidential families is the subject of Edward Klein’s bestseller, “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas.” Since the publication of the book, Democratic operatives have downplayed the tensions between the former first family and the current one, and poked holes in some of Klein’s reporting.
But that hasn’t stopped Klein’s book from surpassing Hillary Clinton’s own tome “Hard Choices” on the bestseller lists even as the former first lady and ex-secretary of state gears up for a possible 2016 presidential run.
Michelle Obama herself denied a quarrel with the Clintons during the Myer’s fundraiser, according to news reports. But one of the people present told FOX Business those comments weren’t made during the question-and-answer period.
“She must have said that privately when she was taking photos with people,” this attendee said.
Rather, all 20 guests who attended heard Michelle Obama explain that “the White House shouldn’t be occupied by one family,” this person added.