We know Michelle Obama takes every chance she can get to go on vacations but does she take every chance she can get to do her 1st lady duties? Nope. Hardly.
The Chinese 1st lady will be at the US Summit and Michelle plans to stay home.
Is this a deliberate snub? Or are there problems in paradise between Michelle and Barack?
The Telegraph reported:
The White House announced that Michelle Obama would not be joining her husband in attending the two-day meeting with China’s new president and his wife.
Her office cited domestic responsibilities for not attending – it is the last week of the school year for the Obamas’ daughters Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, – but the move leaves China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, to attend the summit without her American counterpart.
China experts immediately warned that Mrs Obama’s decision to stay in Washington could have an unwelcome chilling effect on a summit that White House officials have billed as an “unprecedented” opportunity to heal divisions between the world two biggest economies.
Her absence is likely to limit Ms Peng’s role at the two-day California meeting and may be interpreted by the face-conscious Chinese bureaucrats and public as a deliberate snub, both US and Chinese analysts said.