By Katie Maher
Hillary Clinton’s decision to run for President gave many Americans hope of seeing a female in office for the first time. However, her defeat to Donald Trump leaves people asking the question: when will America have its first female President?
This desire to see a female President in the Oval Office has caused many American voters to look to Michelle Obama, a woman who has gained supporters across the world during her time as First Lady.
In an article for the New York Times, Michelle Obama described the First Lady as “a defender of women’s rights, a champion of wellness education and a voice for American military families.” Back in 2003 when her husband ran for a Senate seat, Michelle was intentionally uninvolved, lacking an interest in campaign politics. Yet over the course of her husband’s consecutive terms in office, Michelle Obama has gained confidence as a leader, and become a powerful voice for the American people. During the 2016 Presidential campaign, her slogan, “when they go low, we go high,” inspired American Democrats to go out and vote, and the First Lady remained extremely active throughout the entirety of the election.
Yet despite the growing desire of her supporters to see Michelle Obama in office one day, she apparently has no aspiration to be President.
In a July 2016 article titled “Here’s Why Michelle Obama Will Never Run for President,” Valentina Zarya explains why our First Lady’s eight years in the White House will be her last, according to those who know her best.
Former White House correspondent Kate Andersen Bower says that simply put, “she doesn’t want to.” Brower states that after eight years in the public eye as First Lady, Michelle Obama feels “trapped” by the pressure and misses the simple things in life that she used to be free to do.
Bower continues, that unlike Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama “doesn’t like politics in general. She doesn’t like the games that are played in Washington,” a fact that would hold her back from running for President.
Still not convinced that Michelle Obama won’t one day run for President?
Well, just ask her husband, President Barack Obama.
In recent interviews, the President was asked about the possibility of his wife entering politics, and he said, “Michelle will never run for office. She is as talented a person as I know. You can see the incredible resonance she has with the American people. But I joke that she’s too sensible to want to be in politics.”
On a radio show just last month, Obama gave a similar response, stating, “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.”
Sorry to those of you who had hoped to see Michelle Obama in office in the future, but according to our nation’s leader and her husband, it’s not happening. Despite the fact that Michelle Obama has no intention of running for President, her remarkable time as First Lady has set the bar high for future Presidents’ wives.
An intelligent woman with no prior interest in politics became a dominant figure in the White House and a strong presence in American and global politics. Although her supporters are disappointed by Michelle Obama’s decision not to run for office, her strength of character is admirable, and many believe that she will go down in history as one of the most impressive first ladies, right alongside Eleanor Roosevelt.