Speculation has been rife for several months that former First Lady Michelle Obama will jump into the 2020 presidential election and take on President Donald Trump.
Of course, anything is possible and who knows what might happen in the future. But for now, the former first lady seems to have just made it pretty clear she has no intention of running for president or even remaining in the public spotlight for much longer.
In her new Netflix documentary, Becoming, Obama did not mince her words.
“Now we’re out of the White House, not to be viewed, judged, and parceled by every other person on the planet — yeah, it’s better, it’s absolutely freeing. Being the first lady has been the greatest honor of my life. But how many people are in that position where the entire attention of everything is you, every gesture you make, every blink of an eye is being analyzed?” she said.
She added: “Barack and I are not interested in being at the forefront forever — not even for that much longer.”
She also went on to say it was a “slap in the face” when black Americans did not show up and vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
“It takes some energy to go high, and we were exhausted from it … when you’re the first black anything,’’ Obama said.
“You know, the day I left the White House, it was painful to sit on that stage, and then a lot of our folks didn’t vote — it was almost a slap in the face,” she added.
“It wasn’t just in this election, but every midterm, every time Barack didn’t get the Congress he needed, that was because our folks didn’t show up,” she said during another point in the film. “After all that work, they just couldn’t be bothered to vote at all. That’s my trauma.”
This week, the “Committee to Draft Michelle Obama for VP” announced they are working to build “substantial grassroots support for a potential Michelle Obama candidacy and help garner media attention for a vice-presidential nominee who has the power to beat Donald Trump.”
“Ms. Obama, the most admired woman in America, will be a vital asset this November when Vice President Biden will face an uphill battle to combat the lies and deceit emanating from the White House,” said the statement released Monday. “Her credibility as a trusted leader and a strong symbol of unity within the Democratic Party would certainly help Democrats defeat Republicans up and down the ballot.”
Last month, former President Barack Obama finally came forward and endorsed Biden’s presidential campaign.
Biden will now need to pick a running mate and stunned a lot of people in late April when he mentioned Michelle Obama.
During an interview with CBS Pittsburgh, Biden said he would undoubtedly select Michelle Obama to be his running mate, though he admitted she likely does not want to jump back into politics anytime soon.
“I’d take her in a heartbeat,” Biden said when asked if he would add Obama to the ticket. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends.”
However, he said he doubts she wants the job — but who knows at this point.