Hoping for Michelle Obama to Replace Joe Biden? Prepare for Disappointment

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.06 - 2024 12:34 PM CET

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Michelle Obama's office firmly denies any plans for her to run for president.

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Michelle Obama has officially addressed the swirling rumors about her potentially running for the White House, putting an end to the speculation once and for all. On Tuesday, the former First Lady's office communicated to NBC that Michelle Obama has no plans to seek the presidency.

"She will not be running for president," her office confirmed, adding, "Mrs. Obama supports President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris' reelection campaign," according to her communications director, Crystal Carson.

Biden's Age Sparks Speculation

The discussion around potential Democratic candidates comes amidst concerns regarding President Biden's age and whether he would seek reelection. Speculations had been rife, with some suggesting that Biden might step aside for another candidate to be named by the Democratic National Committee. Michael Cembalest, a strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management, even suggested a possible withdrawal by Biden citing health reasons.

However, Biden himself has dismissed these speculations.

The rumor mill hasn't limited its focus to Obama; California Governor Gavin Newsom has also been mentioned as a possible contender.

Michelle Obama has been clear about her stance on the presidency. In a firm declaration back in 2019 to The National, she stated there was "zero chance" of her entering the presidential race.

"There are so many ways to improve this country and build a better world, and I keep doing plenty of them, from working with young people to helping families lead healthier lives," Obama told the magazine. "But sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office will never be one of them. It's just not for me." 

Looking Ahead to the 2024 Election

With Michelle Obama out of the presidential race, attention turns to the likely rematch between Biden and former President Donald Trump this November.

Despite Trump facing competition in the GOP primaries, his prominence remains significant.

"What's going to happen in this next election? I'm terrified about what could possibly happen because our leaders matter," Obama said of the 2024 election in a podcast interview with Jay Shetty in January.

"Who we select, who speaks for us, who holds that bully pulpit, it affects us in ways sometimes I think people take for granted," she added.

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