With an historically popular second-term president in office for only another three months, and two presidential candidates with historically high unfavorability ratings, a desperate electorate is dreaming of likeable alternatives. One name that continues to surface is the one name with highest approval rating in Washington: First Lady Michelle Obama.
But, despite her popularity and constant campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the First Lady has no plans to ever run for office herself.
“[Michelle] will never run for office,” President Barack Obama told the Sirius XM radio show “Sway in the Morning”, reports Politico. “She is as talented and brilliant a person as there is and I could not be prouder of her, but Michelle does not have the patience or the inclination to actually be a candidate herself. That’s one thing y’all can take to the bank.”
The president added, however, that Michelle will “continue to be very active” in such organizations as My Brother’s Keeper, and the First Lady’s own initiative Let Girls Learn.
“So we’re gonna be doing a lot of work,” President Obama said. “We’ll just be doing it a different way.”
According to The Hill, David Axelrod, the chief strategist of President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, support’s Barack Obama’s claim about his wife.
“People say to me all the time well, ‘Do you think she might run for office sometime?’” Axelrod told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt. “I would bet everything that I own against that prospect.”
“She was a reluctant conscript to politics,” he later continued. “I mean, when Michelle, you know, she had her own sort of professional life, and she was very committed, as she is now, to the kids.”
According to the New York Times, Michelle Obama’s approval rating hit 64 percent in August. The rating is a full 10 percentage points higher than the president’s October approval rating of 54 percent.
“There are some folks out there who are commenting that it is unprecedented for a sitting first lady to be so actively engaged in a presidential campaign, and that may be true,” the First Lady told a recent campaign rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “But what is also true is that this is truly an unprecedented election, and that’s why I’m out here.”
Sources: Politico, The Hill, The New York Times / Photo Credit: Hillary Clinton/Instagram