In the wake of a windfall of devastation over the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, wishful thinking about who the next president should be is at a fever pitch.
According to The Grio, there is a huge public call for the outgoing First Lady Michelle Obama to embark on a presidential campaign for 2020.
“Hillary Clinton didn’t break through that highest of glass ceilings and become the first female president of the United States, but many people are calling for Michelle Obama to take on that challenge,” read an online article The Grio published today (November 10th).
With all the public pleas for the outgoing FLOTUS to run, is it honestly realistic to be hoping that a woman who didn’t necessarily like the national spotlight all that much to consider basking in it again so soon? In the past, Michelle Obama has openly expressed her desire to go back to living a normal life after her time in the White House is over.
In a 2014 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Mrs. Obama talked about not really being comfortable with her husband’s decision to run for president. In fact, she tried to talk him out of it. She also told Winfrey that she was eager to get back to doing things that regular people do.
“I want to sit in a yard that is not a national park. I want to go to Target,” Mrs. Obama told Winfrey at the very first White House State of Women Summit in 2014. She has more recently expressed her desire not to run for the presidency four years from now.
The current political climate has created a tidal wave of emotions. The Obama fairy tale has come to an end much to the discontent of millions of people who got used to seeing history being made in the White House. However, Mrs. Obama has earned her right to return to civilian life on her own terms.
To experience the character assassination Mrs. Obama endured while maintaining a high level of class and grace had to have been one of the greatest challenges of her life. It would be wiser for Democratic voters to wish her well and press their party to find a stronger candidate for the future. Four years is not a lot of time.