The chief spokeswoman for the “party of the working people” is occupying Wall Street again – for a price, of course.
The New York Post’s Page 6 reports Michelle Obama heading back to the big money for an “intimate” meeting July 10 with a score of fat cat donors willing to shell out up to $32,400 – payable to the Democratic National Committee — for the privilege of having lunch and a photo op with the first lady.
The event is being billed as a “round-table discussion” where guests can have “an open conversation with the first lady on a wide range of issues (as well as a personal photo opportunity).”
But is there more to it than that?
The rocky relationship between Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton have gotten a public airing in the best-seller “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas” by Edward Klein, a former editor at Newsweek who maintains the two Democratic power couples detest each other in private.
The invitation to the Obama lunch – from financial consultant Charles Myers with Evercore Partners – doesn’t refer to Hillary by name, but the implied rivalry is clear, as well as doubts about Hillary’s chances.
“I’m sure you are aware of the various efforts to convince certain candidates to run in 2016,” Myers wrote (what “certain candidate” could he mean?). “The most effective way that we can ensure the Democrats keep the White House is to make the [DNC] as strong as possible today.”
So far, Team Obama has been publicly cool to a Clinton candidacy. Top adviser Valerie Jarrett pointedly declined to endorse Hillary in a recent interview with NBC (“Well, since she hasn’t even announced her candidacy, I think it’s premature.”)
The Michelle Obama “roundtable” invitation sounds like a way for Wall Street’s financiers to pony up enough to stay on the Obamas’ good side – at least until the smoke clears.
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