The former First Lady of the United States is one of the world’s most iconic women, and ever since her husband Barack Obama left office in 2017, calls for her to run in a presidential election have erupted. Currently, Democrat Joe Biden is polling ahead of incumbent US President Donald Trump, as the pair go head-to-head for the White House role. But before Mr Biden was officially announced as the Democrat runner, a bombshell poll saw Michelle take a massive lead as the US’ favourite person to go against Mr Trump.
The poll, compiled 12 months ago by Axios/Survey Monkey, had Michelle in a commanding 13-point lead over Mr Trump in a hypothetical election.
However, Michelle reflected on the clamour for her to run by confirming she wouldn’t take on the role due to one thing that had caused herself and Barack concern since he took on the presidency back in 2008.
Speaking on the Conan O’Brien podcast, Michelle said: “What Barack and I talk about that we do miss… is the loss of anonymity.
“And that’s something that most people don’t understand, how valuable anonymity is. Being able to blend into your environment, and not be the centre of it, but just to observe it… and because I love people so much, I love casual conversations with people.”
She added: “While I loved my time in the car alone with Chipotle, I love what you learn standing in a grocery store line and overhearing someone’s conversation.
“You know, watching their interactions with their loved one. Not being the watched, but watching, and taking that in and understanding life and the observations that come.
“Most of your interaction with your partner is about what you saw, what you experienced over the course of the day. For Barack and I, that’s still very limited because we’re not able to be exposed in an anonymous way in the world.”
As well as this desire to become anonymous, Michelle also said that she wouldn’t run due to her lack of political experience, even though many claimed she was ready for the top job.
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In 2016, after claims continued to emerge surrounding whether Michelle would run, Barack went on to ‘Sway in the Morning’ radio show to distance his wife from the role.
He told the broadcaster: “She will never run for office.
“She is as talented and brilliant a person as there is, and I could not be prouder of her, but Michelle does not have the patience or the inclination to actually be a candidate herself.
“That’s one y’all can take to the bank.”