Michelle Obama is following in Roosevelt’s footsteps and one longtime Democrat pointed to a rousing speech that Obama gave this summer during the thick of the presidential campaign.
“Much like they did 50 years ago, or 150 years ago, our laws still shape so many aspects of our lives: Whether folks are paying their fair share of taxes, or not; whether we invest in roads and schools, and the jobs that come with them, or not; whether our sons and our daughters who wear our country’s uniform get the support and benefits they’ve earned, or not,” the First Lady told a crowd of 10,000 AME members at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
“You see, those decisions are made by the folks sitting in Congress and in our White House,” Obama added. “They’re made by the folks in our state legislatures and city halls. And we all know who’s supposed to select those folks, don’t we? We know who’s supposed to tell those folks what to do, right? We are. That’s our job. That is our most fundamental right and our most solemn obligation –- to cast our ballots and have our say in the laws that shape our lives.”
For some black Democrats, Obama’s speech sounded a lot like a politician – and a very good one. Some folks have speculated that a Michelle Obama candidacy is not far-fetched at all since Hillary Clinton, a former first lady herself, was elected to the U.S. Senate, ran for president and became Secretary of State.
But for now, the Michelle Obama-for-president crusade is just office water-cooler talk.
“Nothing she’s done indicates she wants more power on the national or international front,” Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, told reporters. “Yet everyone else says she has to have it.”
In the meantime, Michelle Obama put the rumors to rest saying she’s not thinking about a political career.
“I’m just looking ahead to getting Barack back in office and continuing the work he’s been doing,” she said in October on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live! “Supporting him is my focus.”