“[Michelle] will never run for office,” Obama said Thursday while calling into SiriusXM’s Sway in the Morning, shooting down rumors of a political future for the First Lady. “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.
He added: “That’s one thing y’all can take to the bank.”
Both Barack and Michelle have made it clear that the First Lady will not run for the highest office in the land. But Michelle’s recent round of masterful speeches condemning GOP nominee Donald Trump have sparked new speculation.
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Although the Obamas have shot down the rumors, it seems the pair’s loyal supporters just won’t take no for an answer. And perhaps with good reason, as the 52-year-old has received praised for her recent speeches in favor of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“Hillary has done her job, now we need to do our job and get her elected president of the United States because here’s where I want to get real: If Hillary doesn’t win this election, that will be on us,” she said alongside Clinton on Thursday at a joint event at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Along with the rest of her supporters, Clinton praised Michelle for her way with words and powerful delivery.
“Seriously, is there anyone more inspiring than Michelle Obama?” Clinton asked. “Maybe it’s especially meaningful to me because I do know something about being first lady of the United States.”
The First Lady has been shutting down rumors of a run since at least 2012.
During the White House’s “Take Your Daughters And Sons To Work Day” in April 2012, Michelle said she would “absolutely not” run for president, ABC News reported at the time.
“One of the things you learn about yourself as you get older are what are your strengths and what are your interests,” she said. “And for me, it’s other stuff, that is not being the President. So I probably won’t run.”