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Michelle Obama Clarifies Stance Amid Biden Family Speculation

 June 29, 2024

Reports of a rift between former first lady Michelle Obama and the Biden family have sparked considerable attention this week.

Both Michelle Obama's spokesperson and the White House have denied tensions, underscoring her support for Biden's reelection and strong familial bonds, as Newsweek reports.

A recent article by Axios brought to light alleged frustrations from Michelle Obama concerning the divorce of Kathleen Buhle from Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden's son.

This report, citing anonymous sources, suggested these tensions could affect her visibility in the upcoming 2024 reelection campaign for President Biden.

Spokespersons Deny Rift Within Political Families

Responding to the claims, Crystal Carson, a spokesperson for Michelle Obama, and Andrew Bates, a White House spokesperson, both emphasized the strong connection between the Obama and Biden families.

Carson specifically noted Michelle's ongoing friendship with both Kathleen Buhle and the Biden family, stating, "She is friends with Kathleen and with the Bidens. Two things can be true."

Andrew Bates reinforced this sentiment by describing the relationship between the two families as very close, almost like family. "The Biden and Obama families are like family to one other, and whoever made these claims about that relationship isn't familiar with it," he said.

Background of the Biden-Buhle Divorce

Buhle and Hunter Biden were married from 1993 until their divorce in 2016, which Buhle attributes to infidelity and substance abuse issues in her 2022 memoir.

The couple has three children together. Additionally, Hunter was recently found guilty in a federal gun trial, an event that has also brought significant public and media scrutiny.

In his 2021 memoir, Hunter Biden recounted the friendship that he and Buhle shared with Michelle Obama, including shared activities like workouts and social gatherings at the White House.

Media Attempts to Verify Rift Claims

Following the Axios report, media outlets, including Newsweek, have sought to independently verify the claims of discord.

Despite reaching out to both the White House and the Obama Foundation, no concrete evidence supporting the Axios allegations has surfaced.

The lack of verifiable information has led to questions about the accuracy of the initial report and the reliability of its anonymous sources.

Continued Public Appearances and Support

Despite the reported tensions, recent public appearances tell a story of unity. Jill Biden, wife of Joe Biden, was seen attending a memorial service for Michelle Obama's mother, illustrating the ongoing personal connections between the families.

This act of solidarity is in contrast to the reports of a wedge between Michelle Obama and the Biden family, further complicating the narrative presented by some media outlets.

Conclusion: Reaffirming Bonds Amid Speculation

In conclusion, the claims of a rift between Michelle Obama and the Biden family seem to be unsubstantiated at this time.

Both parties, through their representatives, have affirmed the strength and closeness of their relationship. This relationship continues to be characterized by mutual support and respect, evident in both public gestures and private affirmations.

The assertions of a divide primarily propagated through anonymous sources, have been consistently refuted by on-the-record statements from spokespeople closely connected to both Michelle Obama and the Biden family.