EXCLUSIVE: Barack Obama stays silent when asked if wife Michelle is running for president amid rumors

EXCLUSIVE: Barack Obama stays silent when asked if wife Michelle is running for president amid rumors

  • Barack Obama was spotted leaving Funke restaurant in Beverly Hills, LA
  • He was not drawn on whether wife Michelle could run for president amid rumors

Barack Obama stayed silent when asked whether his wife Michelle might make a bid for the White House amid swirling rumors as he was spotted leaving a Beverly Hills restaurant.

In photographs exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com, the 62-year-old former president was seen surrounded by security guards after enjoying a meal at Funke on South Santa Monica Boulevard.

Barack was dressed in a slick black blazer, open collar shirt and gray trousers for his outing at the Los Angeles hotspot.

Meanwhile, Michelle Obama, 59, is vacationing aboard Steven Spielberg’s yacht near Portofino on the Italian Riviera with Tom Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson, and Spielberg’s spouse Kate Capshaw.

Barack Obama stayed silent when asked whether his wife Michelle might make a bid for the White House amid swirling rumors as he was spotted leaving a Beverly Hills restaurant

In photographs exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com, the 62-year-old former president was seen surrounded by security guards after enjoying a meal at Funke on South Santa Monica Boulevard

In photographs exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com, the 62-year-old former president was seen surrounded by security guards after enjoying a meal at Funke on South Santa Monica Boulevard

Paparazzi who caught her husband leaving the restaurant asked him whether she would be making a bid for the White House – but he did not offer a comment. 

Barack said something inaudible to waiting photographers but did not clearly respond to the question. 

It comes after prominent Texas politician and former Republican candidate Ted Cruz speculated that Michelle could replace Joe Biden before the 2024 election. 

The Texas Senator said Democrats may be looking to avoid nominating 80-year-old Biden over concerns about his advanced age. 

‘Here’s the scenario that I think is perhaps most likely, and most dangerous,’ he said on his ‘Verdict with Ted Cruz’ podcast. ‘In August of 2024, the Democrat kingmakers jettison Joe Biden and parachute in Michelle Obama.’

But for now, Michelle appears to be enjoying a period of relaxation off the coast of Italy alongside a slew of famous faces. 

The former First Lady has spent the last few weeks enjoying the European vacation without her husband. 

She was pictured taking a boat ride with a dazzling array of A-listers including Hanks and his wife Wilson, as well as acclaimed director Spielberg and his spouse Capshaw. 

The group was seen exiting Steven’s $250 million superyacht together near Portofino, getting onto a smaller vessel, which took them out for a day of snorkeling.

Paparazzi who caught her husband leaving the restaurant asked him whether she would be making a bid for the White House - but he did not offer a comment. Barack appeared to say something inaudible but not in response to the question

Paparazzi who caught her husband leaving the restaurant asked him whether she would be making a bid for the White House – but he did not offer a comment. Barack appeared to say something inaudible but not in response to the question

Barack could be seen flanked by security guards as he left Funke restaurant in Beverly Hills

Barack could be seen flanked by security guards as he left Funke restaurant in Beverly Hills

Barack could be seen flanked by security guards as he left Funke restaurant in Beverly Hills

Island lady: Michelle Obama was spotted in a funky beaded outfit while enjoying a meal with friends on vacation in Mallorca

Island lady: Michelle Obama was spotted in a funky beaded outfit while enjoying a meal with friends on vacation in Mallorca

Meanwhile, Michelle Obama , 59, is vacationing aboard Steven Spielberg's yacht near Portofino on the Italian Riviera with Tom Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson, and Spielberg's spouse Kate Capshaw

Meanwhile, Michelle Obama , 59, is vacationing aboard Steven Spielberg’s yacht near Portofino on the Italian Riviera with Tom Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson, and Spielberg’s spouse Kate Capshaw 

Michelle appears to be enjoying a period of relaxation off the coast of Italy alongside a slew of famous faces, amid swirling rumors she could take Biden's place as the Democrats' presidential nominee

Michelle appears to be enjoying a period of relaxation off the coast of Italy alongside a slew of famous faces, amid swirling rumors she could take Biden’s place as the Democrats’ presidential nominee  

During the boat ride, the stars chatted as they soaked up the Italian sun and took in the stunning views.

Earlier in September, she was seen wearing a funky beaded outfit while enjoying a meal with friends on another vacation in Mallorca. 

She was captured leaving a restaurant on the Spanish island while wearing loose black high-waisted shorts and a similar-colored tank top. 

It has been reported that Michelle stayed with former US ambassador to Spain James Costos and his partner, Michael Smith, while on the island.

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