Will she or won’t she?
Pundits have been speculating if Michelle Obama will run for President in 2020 from the second Hillary Clinton conceded the 2016 election.
Now, Michelle Obama may have dropped a big hint about her future plans.
Michelle Obama’s travel plans are raising eyebrows.
In April, she appeared at the American Institute of Architecture’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida.
And she recently announced her speaking tour would continue with an appearance at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia this October.
The Washington Post reported:
“After leaving the White House, Michelle Obama might not be the first lady, but she might still be our gabber-in-chief — she’s added an appearance at a women’s conference in Philadelphia to her chat-it-up tour.
Obama will headline the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in October, for an expected audience of 10,000, the nonpartisan organization announced. “With her career-long devotion to improving the lives of children, increasing nutrition awareness, and advocating for equal access to education, Michelle Obama’s impact clearly extends beyond her White House years,” the group’s board president, Leslie Stiles, said in the announcement.
The format of the former FLOTUS’s cameo follows the pattern she has set since leaving 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It’s a “conversation,” not a speech, which allows Obama to be more relaxed and, well, conversational, than a formal address dictates.”
While these two events were billed as non-political – and she avoided discussing Trump in her appearance at the American Institute of Architecture – they have allowed her to travel to crucial general election states.
In fact, the nonpolitical aspect of the travel is the biggest appeal.
It allows her to drop into important states without being hounded by the political press corp.
Michelle Obama has repeatedly claimed to have no interest in running for office.
“First lady Michelle Obama said she has no plans to run for president – or anything else – in the future.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast Monday on CBS, Obama said she believes some people calling for her to run for the White House in 2020 are serious, and others are just “hopeful.”
But, she said, most people have no idea what they are asking, and the job is not something that should be expected of one family for more than eight years.
“Sixteen years? I wouldn’t do that to my kids,” Obama said.”
While she may pay lip service to having no interest in politics, her travel into key swing states suggests she may want to keep her options open.