Former First Lady Michelle Obama spent nearly a decade in the political spotlight–but it did not take long for her to bounce back into the news.
Michelle Obama was known for her radical programs initiated as First Lady, which were met with a lukewarm reception across the country.
Now, Obama is taking a stand in the media once more, but this time, she is making a hit at President Trump.
Former First lady Michelle Obama claimed that the female candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, was a “more qualified” candidate than President Trump–despite her flaws.
Michelle’s biggest reasoning for this bold statement?
That Hillary was a woman.
“The best qualified candidate in this last race was a woman,” Obama said Thursday at the longest-running women’s leadership conference in the nation. “And she wasn’t perfect, but she was way more perfect than many of the alternatives.”
Obama at the 39th annual Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston reiterated that she isn’t looking to follow in the footsteps of her husband Barack, and that people who want to see a woman president need to develop and support women with such ambitions.
“Look, the reason why I don’t want to run for president—I can’t speak for Oprah—but my sense is that first of all, you have to want the job,” Obama said. “And you just can’t say, ‘Well you’re a woman, run.’”
Later in the interview, Michelle Obama admitted she was not one who was passionate for politics–a shocking revelation amongst her bold claims.
Obama said there are millions of American women with a passion for politics, but that she isn’t one of them.
“I happen to be married to somebody who has a passion for politics and he dragged me kicking and screaming into this arena,” Obama said. “So just because I gave a good speech and I’m smart and intelligent doesn’t mean I should be the next president—that’s not how we should pick the president, that’s been our problem.”
Obama in the past has defended her fellow former first lady, who long had presidential ambitions.
“Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice,” Obama said at the Inbound 2017 conference in Boston last September.
“What does it mean for us as women that we look at those two candidates, as women, and many of us said, that guy, he’s better for me, his voice is more true to me,” Obama said at the time. “Well, to me that just says you don’t like your voice. You like the thing you’re told to like.”
Do you believe Michelle Obama has the authority to make such a claim considering her apathy towards politics?
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