At the Essence Festival in New Orleans over the weekend, Michelle Obama proved once again why she and her husband are some of the savviest political movers America has ever known, as she sat down for an interview on the main stage with Gayle King for CBS News.
Many people would expect the Obamas to immediately endorse former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 Democratic primary, and they certainly haven’t ruled it out. But being politically astute requires the Obamas to maintain an even hand when it comes to who might benefit from the considerable clout that would come from an endorsement by the former First Family.
When King asked her to weigh in on the presidential primary, Michelle very carefully told the enormous crowd that they would be voting for whoever wins the primary — a sort of official “Blue No Matter Who” statement from the First Lady we all know and love. In fact, Gayle specifically asked Michelle about endorsing Joe Biden, and Mrs. Obama was circumspect, telling the host “the general election is so important that we have to get behind whoever comes out of that primary.”
So we’re watching everyone, we’re supportive of everyone. We’re giving advice to whomever seeks it. Anybody who has called or wants to call, I am more than happy.”
King pressed just a little more on Joe, asking Michelle about the “dustup” between Senator Kamala Harris and the former Vice President at the first Democratic debate, asking her, “What, if anything, would you like to say about the Kamala/Biden dustup? He apologized today, you’ve been following that. Do you have any thoughts on that?”
Obama was concise: “I do not.”
So although some may attempt to paint the non-answer as a slap in the face of Barack Obama’s former partner in the Executive Office, the truth is that the Obamas are making clear right here and now that any worthy candidate will make it through the primary on their own, and whoever is tough enough to make it all the way to the end is going to earn their endorsement and their vote.
Watch the interview here:
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