- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 20, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton has issued a statement of strong support for President Obama’s planned executive action on immigration — a somewhat curious stance, given the so-called bad blood that’s divided the two first families for years.

Mr. Clinton said that Mr. Obama stood on “pretty firm legal ground” on his executive plans for immigration, The Hill reported.

At a gala for The New Republic’s centennial celebration, Mr. Clinton said: “As far as I can tell, every president in the modern era has issued some executive action on immigration, so I imagine he’ll be on pretty firm legal ground.”

The show of support from Mr. Clinton comes just a few weeks after author Edward Klein pointed out in his book “Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas,” that the two first families have been political enemies for some time.

Others in the Washington political circuit have whispered about similar bad feelings between the two powerhouse families, too, saying the animosity goes back years, to the time when Hillary Clinton was fighting Mr. Obama for the Democratic Party nomination for president.

Regardless, Mr. Clinton pushed aside any lingering political feelings to give the thumbs-up to Mr. Obama’s executive amnesty plan, just hours before the president was due to give a prime-time television address on the topic. The former president also joked to the crowd that nobody really cares what he has to say, though, unless it’s related to his wife’s expected plans to seek the White House in 2016, The Hill reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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