To those who are missing Barack Obama’s presidency, sadly the Chicago native can never be president again. He, however, could be a first husband in the not-too-distant future. That is because many believe that there is a strong possibility that his wife Michelle could be in the 2024 presidential election running.
Michelle has never expressed any desire of running for office but there are now leaks from her inner circle that it is something she is contemplating.
The possibility of Michelle Obama running is so real that Republicans are running scared and contemplating what tactics they would use to defend the former first lady if she does decide to run.
The conservative commentator Monica Crowley, a former Trump administration aide, on Saturday said that a presidential run by former first lady Michelle Obama would put Republicans in “a very difficult position.”
“If the Democrats were to run Michelle Obama, that would put us in a very difficult position because they’d reach for a candidate who is completely plausible, very popular, and immune to criticism,” she said. “Also, when you think about her positioning, she spoke as a DNC [Democratic National Convention] keynote speaker in 2020, she wrote her autobiography and did a 50-city tour, she has massive Netflix and Spotify deals, and she’s got a voting-rights group alongside Stacey Abrams.”
Crowley made the remarks during a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida featuring her alongside Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas, conservative activist Jack Posobiec, and attorney Kurt Schlichter. She also spoke of the complications that Democrats might face in 2024 if President Joe Biden chooses not to run for reelection.
Pointing to Vice President Kamala Harris and some of her first-year stumbles in office, Crowley argued that Democrats nonetheless would be hard-pressed to deny her a presidential nomination for fear of alienating Black women, who have been the most loyal segment of the party for years.
Crowley, who served as an assistant secretary for public affairs for ex-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, then said that Democrats might seek another scenario that would thrill the party − the candidacy of former first lady Michelle Obama.
Obama, who was the first lady while her husband — former President Barack Obama – served president from 2009 to 2017, has long expressed her distaste for politics. She has also enjoyed moderate to high favorability among the general public in various polls.
But the former first lady has continually stated that she does not foresee her name being on a presidential ballot. Many Democrats, though, cannot help but envision her running for a White House bid given her status as a highly regarded first lady with universal name recognition and an appeal that can cut across demographic and political lines.
Although conservatives are eager to regain the White House after former President Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential loss, Crowley, during the forum, refused to underestimate Obama’s potential appeal as a candidate.
“For all of these people who say, ‘Michelle Obama isn’t political and they’re making too much money now,’ keep a very close eye on her because her trajectory is exactly what Barack Obama did before he ran for president and what Bill and Hillary Clinton both did,” she said. “I think if she were to run, that would be a very difficult situation for us.”
The former first lady has never held elective office, but some of her major speeches — beginning at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver to her deeply personal video at the DNC in support of Biden during the 2020 presidential race — have been praised by many voters from across the political spectrum.