ANALYSIS: Michelle Obama for President

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  • Would Michelle Obama run for President?

    It’s been a recent topic of conversation among some black Democrats in Washington, D.C. ever since Samuel L. Jackson put it out there.

    “Michelle is Superwoman. What can’t she do?” Jackson told Newsweek. “That’s why people love her. She can be on the Supreme Court and anywhere else she wants. She can be the president. She’s history and she’ll stay history because she is so amazingly smart and together.”

    Jackson, the outspoken Hollywood actor, apparently has never heard of an issue that he couldn’t comment, on so why should politics be any different?

    But he’s right. Americans love Michelle Obama –and she is one of the most popular first lady’s in history. According to a Gallup poll, 66 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Michelle Obama, which is unchanged from nearly two years ago. And here’s an interesting fact: Michelle Obama’s approval ratings are higher than the ratings of President Barack Obama, which is why she was the president’s most effective surrogate in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

    And since the First Lady launched her successful Let’s Move! campaign to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation, Michelle Obama has become a national leader – and one of the most astute politicians in modern memory.

    Some leading black congressional leaders think Michelle Obama should consider running for an elected office.

    “I’d love to see her get more into politics because it would be a breath of fresh air in D.C.,” Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina told reporters. “She’s honest and straightforward, which is not what you see in Washington much. She is exactly what we need around here.”

    Many African Americans on Capitol Hill are in awe of Michelle Obama – and for good reason. The First Lady is often referred to as a modern-day Eleanor Roosevelt who became a leading advocate for civil rights in America and was the most politically-active first lady of her generation.

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