Michelle Obama’s office officially addresses rumors she’ll run for president and it settles nothing

It’s over for Michelle Obama believers …

In a statement issued this week to NBC News, former first lady Michelle Obama’s office officially dismissed the notion of her running for president.

“As former First Lady Michelle Obama has expressed several times over the years, she will not be running for president,” Obama’s director of communications, Crystal Carson said. “Mrs. Obama supports President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ re-election campaign.”

This bombshell dismissal comes after months of high-profile folks on the right, including conservative radio show host Clay Travis, speculating that Obama would be running for president in place of current President Joe Biden, whose polling numbers are miserably low.

“I think they’re going to replace him. … I think they can’t replace him with Kamala because she’s even worse than he is. I think the fix is going to be in at the convention,” Travis said in the clip above from Fox News’ “Hannity.”

“Joe Biden comes out shortly before, says due to health-related concerns, he’s not able to run. And I think they’re going to go with Michelle Obama. I think they’re going to pull a fast one this summer,” he added.

As further proof of Obama’s lack of interest in seeking the presidency, one Obama aide reportedly pointed NBC News to what she told Oprah Winfrey last year in a Netflix special.

“Politics is hard, and the people who get into it … you’ve got to want it. It’s got to be in your soul because it is so important. It is not in my soul,” she said.

The hilarious irony is that, even in the face of Carson’s statement on Obama’s behalf, not to mention Obama’s remarks last year to Winfrey, many conservatives STILL think she’s running.

Observe:

NBC’s sources did confirm that Obama intends to assist President Biden in his reelection campaign — but only to a degree.

“[A]s in 2020, her engagement is likely to be fairly limited compared to that of her husband, reflecting both her other commitments and her long-standing reluctance to re-enter the political fray full time,” according to NBC.

The reported expectation is that Biden’s campaign will wait until late in the game when more swing voters are paying attention to capitalize on Obama’s “star power.”

“A senior Biden adviser said there have been early conversations with Obama’s team about campaign engagements and noted that an obvious area of ‘alignment’ with her is her nonpartisan voter registration group, When We All Vote, which aims to promote turnout and close the registration gap among young voters and people of color,” NBC notes.

“President and Michelle Obama were enormously helpful in the fight to beat Donald Trump and elect President Biden and Vice President Harris the first time and we are grateful to have their voice and their support in the fight for the fate of our democracy this November,” Biden campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz said in a statement.

All this said, current first lady, Jill Biden did express a little interest in Obama running as vice president back in 2020.

“You know, I’d love it if Michelle would agree to it [running as VP],” the current first lady told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that summer. “But I — you know, I think she’s had it with politics. I don’t know. She’s so good at everything she does. That would — that would be wonderful.”

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Vivek Saxena

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