Over the last few days, we’ve taken a look at several of the big names currently in the running to be Joe Biden’s vice-presidential nominee. These candidates have ranged from the highly-qualified Val Demings to more lackluster options like Elizabeth Warren and Stacey Abrams. But the final contender for Joe Biden’s VP selection is the most far-fetched of the bunch. Some Democrat insiders have speculated that it would be wise for Biden to choose former First Lady Michelle Obama as his Number Two.
But does the country actually need another Obama in the Executive Branch? Would siding with Michelle Obama be a boost for Biden’s chances…or would it be the last nail in his campaign’s coffin?
Biden himself has said he would consider choosing Michelle Obama. When asked about it during a campaign stop, Biden said he would tap Obama “in a heartbeat” if she was willing to be his running mate. Recently, a member of the Democratic National Committee said they would support a Michelle Obama Vice Presidential pick when he told the New York Times “She’s the only person I can think of who can unify the party and help us win … This election is about saving the American experiment as a republic. It’s also about saving the world. This is not an ordinary election.”
Michelle Obama is revered by the political Left. Her book was the best-selling memoir of all time, and she has sold out arenas around the country on her traveling speaking tour. She obviously has name recognition, and Biden is desperate to hold onto the Obama legacy (although why he’d want that, I don’t know. It was a pretty disastrous presidency, but if he wants to attach himself to that, that’s his business).
Michele Obama has sky-high approval ratings in the Democratic Party, but she’s never held a position of importance in either the private sector or government, and that would likely become a liability for her when the honeymoon phase ended and she had to go up against Donald Trump and Mike Pence in a campaign.
Michelle had to be reined in by her husband’s presidential campaign in 2008 following a statement she made about her love of America. At the time of the comment, Newsweek reported, “Before the Wisconsin primary in mid-February, Michelle Obama made a remark that Republicans will use to hammer her husband should he win the Democratic nomination. ‘For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.’
And Newsweek was right. That controversial remark did end up being used as a criticism of Barack Obama’s approach to politics, and it continues to be a recurring talking point.
Michelle Obama also wrote a controversial thesis during her time as a student at Princeton University. Newsweek reported, “The remark may have been just a slip under the relentless pressure of campaigning.
But it may also reveal an edge of bitterness that Michelle Obama felt as a Princeton senior when she was just entering her adult life. In the winter of that year, 1985, she wrote her thesis on the subject of ‘Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community.’
The thesis is dense with sociological jargon about ‘dependent variables’ and the like, but it also includes some strong personal sentiments. Though she came from a black working-class neighborhood in Chicago, she writes that ‘my experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘blackness’ than ever before.
I have found that at Princeton no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my White professors and classmates try to be towards me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong. Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with Whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be Black first and a student second.” She further suggests that even if she assimilates into white society after Princeton, she will “remain on the periphery of society: never becoming a full participant.”
She has been adored by the Leftwing press and the entertainment industry for years. She also has crossover appeal made possible by her restraint about getting too political after her early controversial comments.
However, as a VP candidate, she would have to become very political and that will not sit well with a certain segment of the population that would rather her stay silent on political matters. It is very unlikely at this point that Joe Biden will select her as his running mate, especially since it’s reported that she has expressed no interest in accepting the job. A nomination from Biden might actually be a bad thing for Michelle Obama, cutting into her lucrative post-White House business.
With better options out there, Biden will likely look elsewhere, but with his recent announcement that we can expect the big reveal by the beginning of August, we’ll likely know soon enough.