If Michelle Obama were running for President, she’d likely beat both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump by at least 20 points. The First Lady has been the most effective surrogate for Mrs. Clinton on the campaign trail and has proven that she is an effective and motivating speaker. She made a memorable and heartwarming appearance on “carpool karaoke” on The Late Show with James Corden while making a pitch for her Let Girls Learn initiative. In every sense, Michelle Obama is a class act.
Steals the show at both conventions
Michelle Obama managed to steal the show at both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Mrs. Obama was the first major speaker on day one for the Democrats, and when Melania Trump borrowed some words first spoken by Mrs. Obama for her speech at the Republican Convention, Mrs. Obama dominated that discussion as well.
Following the release of the Access Hollywood tape that captured Donald Trump expressing his lewd view of women, it was Michelle Obama who delivered a speech that, for many women was a perfect expression of their feelings.
It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted. This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. Strong men don't need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. — Michelle Obama
More popular than Clinton or Trump
A recent Gallup poll gave Michelle Obama a favorable rating of 64%. These numbers are in sharp contrast to Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating of 45% and Donald Trump’s meager 38%.
Michelle for President?
All this raises the question of Michelle Obama running for President in 2020 or 2024. Mrs. Obama is only 52 years old and would bring a breath of fresh air to the Democratic Party, similar to what her husband accomplished in 2008. Even if Hillary Clinton wins in 2016, there are questions on whether she would run again in 2020. She will be 70 by inauguration day and is likely to be dogged by ongoing investigations and controversy over her emails. The Democrats don’t have a deep bench of new and exciting candidates (Bernie Sanders would be 79 if he chose to run in 2020) and Michelle Obama could prove unstoppable if she decided to run.
A few days ago, President Obama downplayed the possibility of Michelle running for President.
She will never run for office. 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. — President Barack Obama
But, “never” has a short shelf life in politics and things might look much different in four years, particularly if Donald Trump wins the election. In the meantime, the country can continue to enjoy the grace of Michelle Obama during her final months in the White House and speculate about how Barack Obama would do as First Husband.