President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former rivals for the Democratic nomination, appear to be getting along swimmingly, seeing eye to eye on policy in her role as Secretary of State.
But her hubby, former President Bill Clinton, apparently has not quite fully moved past the nomination fight.
One of the juiciest assertions in a lengthy profile of Clinton in Sunday's New York Times magazine -- a piece entitled "The Mellowing of William Jefferson Clinton" and written by Times White House scribe Peter Baker -- is that Clinton hasn't reached the forgive-and-forget stage over some key Obama supporters.
"People close to Clinton said he has largely got over his resentment at Obama but not toward Ted Kennedy and his niece, Caroline Kennedy," Baker writes. "As Clinton sees it, they say, he did so much for the Kennedys over the years that he felt they became almost family. Nor has he forgiven Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, who endorsed Obama even though Clinton appointed him to two cabinet posts."
Senator Edward M. Kennedy's anointment of Obama as picking up the torch of his brothers John and Robert came at a key moment, just before Super Tuesday in February 2008, and helped coalesce the liberal wing of the Democratic Party behind Obama.
Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, sought the nomination himself last year, and his backing helped Obama among Hispanic voters, who eventually played a major role in Obama making inroads in the West in the November election.
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