When asked over the weekend if his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama, was considering a White House run, Former President Barack Obama gave an evasive answer. His lack of response drew attention from many observers.
As he exited the Funke restaurant in Beverly Hills, a reporter posed a query concerning Michelle potentially entering the race, citing rumors of President Joe Biden’s declining cognitive abilities and plummeting approval ratings.
Barack didn’t answer.
Barack Obama was asked “Is Michelle running for president?”
No comment from him. pic.twitter.com/0FzKyUfker
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 1, 2023
Several people have speculated that Michelle will run, though she herself has repeatedly denied any interest.
“They are the left-wing of the Democrat Party, and when the media turns on the presumed Democrat nominee, I think that is the cutting edge of the Democrat intelligence saying we may have to cut bait and find someone new,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said during his “Verdict” podcast recently.
“In August of 2024, the Democrat kingmakers jettison Joe Biden and parachute in Michelle Obama,” he predicted, the date being a reference to the Democratic National Convention, where a nominee will be named.
Also, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin noted on the X platform: “Don’t be surprised. But I still say it’ll be Michelle O’ #2024Election. Biden’s out.”
In response to a viral post by political author Greg Rubini, which theorized that California Governor Gavin Newsom would be the eventual Democratic nominee, Sarah Palin tweeted her thoughts.
“Kamala will be forced to resign as VP, and sent to the senate to replace Dianne Feinstein. Then, Gavin Newsom will be subbed in as VP. THEN they will REMOVE Joe Biden from office,” the post summarizes Rubini saying.
“Then, Newsom will run against Trump!” the post adds.
On November 30, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is set to have a debate with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the latter of whom is vying for the Republican presidential nomination.
Despite being in second place behind former President Donald Trump in polls, many political commentators suspect that Newsom may use this nationally televised event on Fox News as a precursor to his own potential candidacy rather than supporting Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s campaign.
In recent months, there has been speculation that Michelle Obama may enter the race for president next year if Biden and Harris do not run. This has been suggested by authors Joel Gilbert and Roger Stone, as well as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Additionally, some Democratic supporters have argued that she has the necessary qualities to win should she decide to make a bid for nomination from her party.
Although Democratic leaders are publicly endorsing Joe Biden as their nominee for the 2024 presidential election, there has been some speculation among Democrats regarding the best candidate to defeat President Trump in a potential face-off.
For example, Douglas MacKinnon, a former White House and Pentagon official, suggested that if neither Biden nor Kamala Harris were chosen, Democrats could turn to a past superstar to create a stronger ticket.
One such name that was brought up during the previous Democratic presidential primary was the former first lady; although she is 59 years old and has consistently denied any interest in running for office, some Democrats may still consider urging her to enter the race.
Recently published Politico article claims that some “high-level Democrats” harbor doubts about Biden and may only be supporting him out of fear of what the party’s ticket would look like without him.
“High-level Democrats are rallying to President Biden’s reelection, not because they think it’s in the best interest of the country to have an 82-year-old start a second term but because they fear the potential alternative: the nomination of Kamala Harris and election of Donald Trump,” the report read.