President Obama's last year in office has seen his approval ratings skyrocket, and he, too, seems to relish the opportunity to be less wary, less diplomatic, and more outspoken about the issues he cares about. Aides have said that Obama is eager and glad to finally be campaigning for Hillary Clinton, unencumbered by D.C. politics. And he has indeed been an asset to Clinton's campaign, denouncing her opponent and the Republican politicians who still back him.
In the hectic few weeks leading up to election day, Hillary Clinton is wielding her vast political experience to excite voters, win over those yet undecided, and raise funds for herself and down-ballot Democrats. But Clinton also has a treasure trove of powerful surrogates whom her campaign has deployed across the country to win over voters on her behalf. And though some of them may be the country's most powerful political figures (namely President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden), Clinton's secret weapon is Michelle Obama, her mightiest and most popular surrogate by far.
The First Lady has long basked in the adoration of the American public, but her astonishing speech at the Democratic National Convention in July seems to have cemented her greatness in many people's hearts. Since then, many have called for Michelle to run for president.
But Michelle has never expressed any modicum of interest in being a politician. And on Friday, President Obama broke the sad news during a radio show interview when he told Americans that Michelle will never run for president. Speaking on Sway In The Morning, he said:
She will never run for office. She is as talented and brilliant a person as there is, and I could not be prouder of her, but Michelle does not have the patience or the inclination to actually be a candidate herself. And that's one thing y'all can take to the bank.
But Obama emphasized that both he and Michelle will continue to be "very active" in advocating for the issues they care about, including their education and community efforts. They're going to be busy with a lot of work — but, he added, "we'll just be doing it a different way."
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