Last week we watched as Mrs. Obama danced the night away with the president, who she described as “the love of my life”, at the inaugural ball and consequent after parties. As the the First Couple celebrated the beginning of a second term in the White House, many wondered what was next for them beyond the next fours years. Inevitably, the question of Mrs. Obama running for political office came up again and once again, the First Lady emphatically denied that she had any intention of going into politics.
In April, asked if one day she would seek the White House herself, Mrs. Obama replied, “absolutely not.” Last year, she also told the ladies of the ABC talk show “The View”, “I have no interest in politics. Never have, never will.”
While I don’t believe Mrs. Obama to be a dishonest person who is intentionally misleading the people who ask her if she would run for political office, I would urge you to consider that in 2004, after then Senator Obama won the senate race, he was also asked if he would be running for President in 2008. His answer can be seen in the video below, but the essence of what he said was that he would definitely not be running because he felt that if he were to run, he would have to do it right away, on his first day as senator. He also mentioned that he felt that he did not know enough to feel comfortable running for the office of the President. In 2008…he ran.
So now, back to Mrs. Obama: Her husband jut got back into office and I reckon that, being the good wife that I believe she is, she does not want to draw attention away from him (more than she already does) and what he plans to accomplish in his second term. I have a feeling that Mrs. Obama may run for a political office because no one can question how well respected and adored she is. She is very popular-there is no disputing that.
Most people who insist on saying “no”, generally stick to their guns if no one persists in asking them the same thing over and over ….and over again! President Obama started out saying that he was definitely not running and then his “no” turned into a “maybe” and then his “maybe” turned into a “yes”. I imagine the same people who urged President Obama to consider running for President are the same ones nudging Mrs. Obama to consider running for senator or some other political office. She is saying “no” now but only time will tell if that “no” will eventually make it’s way to a “yes”.
Whatever Mrs. Obama decides to do, I genuinely appreciate how she has demonstrated that being a strong and independent woman does not mean that you can’t also enjoy the love of a man and marriage. She has shown women across the world that health, fitness and self care do not have to end when you have children and above all, she has shown us that you can still be true to who you are and be adored by millions and millions of people across the world.
Video: Obama says he will not run for President
Nomalanga helps Black Women thrive in their lives and careers. She is a Social Commentator, an Editor at Your Black World , Assistant Professor of Professional Studies and the reigning Mrs Botswana. Visit Nomalanga’s blog at successfulblackwoman.com