Michelle Obama brushes off presidential run talks, says she wants ‘thousands of me’s’ instead

If Michelle Obama is anything, she certainly is modest. As millions of Democrats beg the former First Lady to run against Trump in 2020 so they don’t have to watch gaffe reels of Joe Biden, she has once again rebuffed outcry for her to bring the Obama back to the Oval Office.

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“This is why I’m not going to run for president, because I think it’s a better investment to invest in creating thousands of ‘me’s’,” she said at a New York event this week.

“They’re tired of watching us do the same old thing and expect different results,” Obama said at Klick Health’s Muse event on Tuesday. “So I’m optimistic about the future. There are some bright young people out there doing some amazing things.”

“We don’t just need one [Michelle Obama], we need thousands and thousands,” she reiterated.

Politicians, however, are infamous for playing coy and lapping up the calls for presidential runs in order to build up anticipation and excitement. Once a candidate announces, the “thrill” can quickly fade. In other words, prospective candidates often don’t declare their intentions until their campaign can hit the ground running and keep up the voter enthusiasm.

Michelle Obama has never run for elected office, but then again, neither did Donald Trump before he became President of the United States. If Michelle Obama should decide to follow in the footsteps of Hillary Clinton and decide to become her husband’s unofficial third term, in the eyes of many Democratic voters, it could provide and intriguing matchup.

Fox News guest Brit Hume appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show to respond to Juan Williams’ argument that there are three black women who could defeat Trump in 2020: Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, California Senator Kamala Harris, and former First Lady Michelle Obama.

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“What struck me about this is the way it was framed,” Tucker said. “The way so many of these conversations are framed, they primarily turn on questions of race and gender. Is that the future, do you think, of American politics, identity politics?”

“Well, that’s certainly the future of the Democratic Party,” Hume responded. “It’s the present of the Democratic Party that looks at things that way. And being a woman and being a minority would be an important credential for nomination of the Democratic Party. It doesn’t mean you’ll get the nomination, but it gives you a leg up. It gave Hillary Clinton a leg up, and enabled her to fight off the rather significant challenge from a geriatric Democratic Socialist in the person of Bernie Sanders.”

Hume explained that any would-be Democratic presidential nominee should have rather hefty far-left bonafides, before expressing his doubt about an Oprah run and recounting several Kamala Harris gaffes.

“I think Michelle Obama, Tucker,” Hume concluded, “would be an imposing candidate.”

Tucker Carlson’s bemused reaction is well worth watching.


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