Dreams of Michelle
Democratic pulses are racing. Party faithful are daring to dream of the improbable possibility that former First Lady Michelle Obama could join former Vice President Joe Biden on the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket.
“I’d take her in a heartbeat!” Biden declared on Monday during a Zoom chat to a local news station in the swing state of Pennsylvania. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around,” Biden effused. She also happens to be the most popular figure in the Democratic Party, edging out her husband, former two-term President Barack Obama, with 92% approval among Democratic voters. MSNBC cable news host and party honcho, Reverend Al Sharpton, confesses to Politico that he offers a daily prayer that the megastar will hear the call.
Currently ranked by the London analytics firm YouGov as “the most admired woman in the world,” Obama is reportedly in talks with the Biden team to record an endorsement video, following her husband’s last week, and to open her vast and glittering fundraising Rolodex.
Close Obama confidantes, however, dismiss the fevered veep speculation. Former presidential advisor David Axelrod tells Politico that he “would be beyond shocked” if she took up the baton. Obama, herself, wrote in her bestselling 2018 memoir, “I’ll say it here directly: I have no intention of running for office, ever.”
But with an estimated 6.7 to 9.2 million voters who flipped from her husband in 2012 to President Donald Trump in 2016, Michelle Obama could be the magic that lifts Biden over the finishing line and that the party needs to restore the Obama legacy.