Democrats may obtain a third term for Obama, but it won’t be Barack’s. The party’s “secret weapon,” as The Atlantic labeled the former First Lady, is unexpectedly popular, and her recent relative quiet in the media may be a deliberate ploy. While Republicans argue about Trump vs DeSantis and Democrats debate whether Biden deserves a second term, Michelle Obama patiently waits.
Obama has been purposefully delicate in her backing of Joe Biden, who is probably her greatest political competitor. Obama stirred eyebrows in a November interview when she claimed Biden was “doing a great job” but stopped short of supporting him.
While Kamala Harris, the country’s first black female vice president, may have satisfied the diversity requirements of the left, she has a significant challenge with her likeability. Michelle Obama does not experience this issue. In 2020, four years after her husband departed the White House, she was elected the most adored woman in America. In 2016, Obama had a 72% favorable rating, according to a Pew Research poll. This rating is considerably greater than her husband’s already relatively high rating of 64%.
Happy birthday, @MichelleObama! 🥳 pic.twitter.com/iADVNuQ9fa
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) January 17, 2023
“I really believe if Michelle Obama runs, she wins,” Joe Rogan said on his popular podcast a year ago. “She’s great. She’s intelligent, she’s articulate, she’s the wife of the best president that we have had in our lifetime in terms of being representative of intelligent, articulate people. She can win.”
Joe Rogan predicts Michelle Obama would beat Trump in 2024: “If she runs, she wins”. pic.twitter.com/mnxamn2h1g
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) December 27, 2021
Obama earned greater favorability ratings than Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and Mike Pence, according to a more recent 2020 survey. Obama’s popularity rating among Democrats and Black voters is 91% and 87%, respectively.
Obama stated vehemently, “I’m not going to run” when she was asked if she would run for president.
“The voices at the top matter if we can continue to be susceptible to voices that want to lead by fear and division. That’s why government matters, democracy matters. Voting matters. So I think it starts with having leadership that reflects the direction that we want to go in as a people,” she said.
The Democrats are in serious need of a credible candidate in 2024, as Biden’s favorability rating continues to sink. A January Reuters/Ipsos survey reveals that Biden’s approval rating is below 40%. After dozens of sensitive materials were discovered at the president’s house and the Penn-Biden Center in Delaware, some Democrats appear to be turning on Biden.
How fast will Dems turn on Biden the moment Michelle Obama reveals her interest for 2024? Apparently, President Obama was obviously correct when he stated, Don't underestimate Joe's ability to (expletive) things up.”
— Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) January 17, 2023
“As the best-loved Democrat, Michelle has been preparing to run for President since 2016 by following the same formula as Barack did before her. This includes writing an autobiography, giving the keynote speech at the Democrat National Convention, and heading up a voter registration organization,” according to a book exploring an alleged plan by Obama to run for president despite her protestations.
Tucker: “Right after the midterm elections Joe Biden made it clear that he had no plans to step aside and make way for Kamala Harris or Gavin Newsom or Michelle Obama. Oh, he shouldn’t have said that. Next thing you know he’s got a special counsel crawling around his life.”
Tucker: "Right after the midterm elections Joe Biden made it clear that he had no plans to step aside and make way for Kamala Harris or Gavin Newsom or Michelle Obama. Oh, he shouldn't have said that. Next thing you know he's got a special counsel crawling around his life." pic.twitter.com/AEPNO9nTFS
— American Firebrand (@AmFirebrand) January 13, 2023
Obama’s allegation that Clinton recoils at the prospect of a presidential candidacy does not exclude some Democrat leadership from convincing her to run. At this moment, a Democratic primary discussion between Biden and Obama would be an absurdly lopsided contest. It is improbable that other possible candidates, such as Pete Buttigieg or Gavin Newsom, could devise assaults against Hillary that are sufficiently lethal. She is so well-liked by the party’s grassroots that such assaults would kill whatever career prospects these individuals may have inside the party. Furthermore, would the majority of Democratic candidates for 2024 even wish to oppose Obama?