President Barack Obama has tamped down any speculation that first lady Michelle Obama may one day run for office herself.
In an interview with Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner conducted the day after the presidential election earlier this month, Obama said, “Michelle will never run for office.”
He added, “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.”
Obama also said in the interview published online Tuesday that once he leaves office in January, he and his wife will “continue to be very active” on their belief that “when you work with people on the ground at a grassroots level, change happens.”
Following Hillary Clinton’s defeat, the Democratic Party has four years to come up with a new plan and a new candidate. In the days following the election, thousands of Twitter users took to their timelines to rally for the first lady to run.
Both the President and Mrs. Obama rallied hard for Clinton during the election; however, Clinton also showed admiration and support for the first lady.
“Seriously, is there anyone more inspiring than Michelle Obama?” Clinton asked, as a crowd in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, answered with cheers.
Mrs. Obama declared the feeling mutual. She referred to Clinton as “my girl” and offered reassurance that her testimony for Clinton is both personal and political.
– With files from Global News