If the American people have proven anything in the still-young 21st century, it’s that the cult of personality plays a key role in determining presidential elections.
A factor that would play well for a candidate loved by the media and pop culture who has no serious qualifications or skills to qualify as a viable candidate — someone like Michelle Obama.
Former Fox News host Monica Crowley noted last week at Conservative Political Action Committee that the former first lady could put Republicans in a “very difficult position” if she made a bid for the White House — if successful, it would give husband Barack a fourth term in the eyes of many who believe the former president is the man behind the curtain in the Biden White House.
“If they were to run Michelle Obama, that would put us in a very difficult position because they’d reach for a candidate who is completely plausible, very popular, and immune to criticism,” Crowley said during a panel discussion.
“Also, when you think about her positioning, she spoke as a DNC keynote speaker in 2020, she wrote her autobiography and did a 50-city tour, she has massive Netflix and Spotify deals, and she’s got a voting-rights group alongside Stacey Abrams,” she added.
Not exactly presidential timber… at least not until recently.
Crowley, who served as assistant secretary for public affairs for ex-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, was participating in a panel alongside U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, conservative activist Jack Posobiec, and attorney Kurt Schlichter.
She noted that Mrs. Obama could deliver Democrats from the conundrum of being forced to run Vice President Kamala Harris, despite her dismally low approval ratings, being boxed in for the very reason Harris was selected to begin with, her gender and the color of her skin. Crowley said rejecting Harris could alienate black women, who have been loyal to the party for years.
Cautioning those who underestimate Obama’s potential appeal as a candidate, Crowley said, “For all of these people who say, ‘Michelle Obama isn’t political’ — ‘They’re making too much money now,’ keep a very close eye on her because her trajectory is exactly what Barack Obama did before he ran for president and what Bill and Hillary Clinton both did. I think if she were to run, that would be a very difficult situation for us.”
Mrs. Obama was — and still is — treated like a goddess by the media when her husband was in office. Fashion magazines gave Obama countless front-page covers and they gushed over her “toned arms.”
The result being an adoring fanbase that believed Obama could do no wrong — case in point:
Michelle Obama would be good at any position! She would make a great President, Senator, Supreme Court judge, any thing she chooses to do would be successful! 💪🏽💙 pic.twitter.com/dgPpxBiTBO
— Michael (@MichaelisNOLA) February 27, 2022
Of course, Michelle Obama has never held elected office and she has previously stressed that she has no interest in doing so.
“The reason why I don’t want to run for president — and I can’t speak for Oprah [Winfrey] — but my sense is that, first of all, you have to want the job,” she said in 2018, during the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston. “And you can’t just say, ‘Well, you’re a woman, run.’ We just can’t find the women we like and ask them to do it, because there are millions of women who are inclined and do have the passion for politics.”
She also told late-night talk show host/political activist Jimmy Kimmel in 2018, “It’s not something that I’m interested in, or would ever do — ever.”
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