What Barack Obama Thinks of Michelle Running for President

Erica Gonzales
Harper's Bazaar
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From Harper's BAZAAR

Even President Obama has heard the pleas for the First Lady to run for office in 2020. After the election results at the beginning of the month sent the nation into a frenzy, citizens desperately begged FLOTUS to run for president, as #Michelle2020 became a trending topic on Twitter.

When Michelle Obama herself was confronted with the idea while addressing veterans at the White House, she playfully laughed it off.

But what does POTUS himself think of his partner running for office in four years? In a new interview with Rolling Stone, which took place on the same day the election results were announced, President Obama finally broke his silence when he was asked, "Do you think Michelle should run for office?"

He answered:

"Michelle will never run for office. She is as talented a person as I know. You can see the incredible resonance she has with the American people. But I joke that she's too sensible to want to be in politics."

So there you have it-Michelle really is too good for us. But if the First Couple won't be spending the next few years out of the White House starting another presidential campaign, what will they be doing? According to POTUS, there's not a lot of down time planned post-presidency.

"I will continue to be very active, and Michelle is going to continue to be very active – and [on] the very thing that brought us here, which is our belief that when you work with people on the ground at a grassroots level, change happens," he said.

For President Obama, those activities include writing a book and organizing a "presidential center," which will focus on training and empowering "the next generation of leadership." But if either he or the First Lady changes their minds on a potential Michelle 2020 campaign, Barack can surely squeeze in First Gentleman prep into his schedule.

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