For those who were excited to elect the country’s first woman president, many have already set aside their original pick — Hillary Clinton — and now are rooting for another potential candidate, Michelle Obama.
It’s no secret that Mrs. Obama is perhaps the most popular political figure in American politics. She has virtual universal name recognition. She has not been subject to the years of political attacks which were launched against Hillary Clinton, or many other political figures. She is widely considered to be very charismatic, effective, and potentially even a better speaker than her husband.
Obama fans agreed that Mrs. Obama would be the perfect alternative to the former Secretary of State as thousands of people on Twitter started encouraging her to run for president in 2020 under the hashtag #Michelle2020.
Twitter users tweeted inspirational videos and messages meant to motivate Michelle Obama to run.
— J.R. Moody (@_senatormoody) November 9, 2016
— ♔ rosie (@cocochanelite) November 10, 2016
Despite all of the encouragement, all indication is that the chances of Mrs. Obama making a presidential run — or any political office run for that matter — are very slim. That is something that has been repeated by her aides and her husband, alike.
In fact, at an event at a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, high school in early January, a member of the audience asked the president whether voters can convince his wife to run for the White House. The President said:
“No, no, no, no, no … no, no. Let me tell you, there are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and Michelle is not running for president. That, I can tell you.”
The President’s sentiments were repeated later in the year when the First Lady spoke at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas in May. “I will not run for president. No, nope, not going to do it,” she said.
Still, stranger things can happen in four years.