The Hill is reporting that the Biden campaign expects former First Lady Michelle Obama to join her husband in officially endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for president soon. Michelle Obama is also expected to help the campaign with remote fundraising, along with voter registration efforts, sources told The Hill.
Sources also said Michelle Obama could appear in an online video expressing support for Biden, similar to her husband’s video endorsement earlier this week. However, there are conflicting predictions regarding how much more involved in the campaign she plans to get.
“A big deal”
“This week was President Obama’s moment to enter the campaign. Of course Mrs. Obama supports Joe Biden and we will keep you posted on her plans,” an unnamed Obama aide was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, a Biden aid sounded very optimistic about what Michelle Obama’s endorsement could mean, saying, “We know what pretty much everyone in America does: Michelle Obama is probably the most beloved member of the Democratic party and her support is a big deal.”
Howard Gutman served as an ambassador under the Obama administration, and he said the former first family’s level of involvement will hinge on how much personal exposure they are comfortable with.
“The question is, as a family matter, what kind of profile does she and her husband and her daughters want her to have?” he said. “It’s a question of how much they want her to be out there in the crossfire.”
Michelle Obama “hates campaigning”
Some argue that despite her popularity, Michelle Obama may simply not have the appetite for what high-level campaign involvement would bring.
“She hates campaigning and fundraising with a passion,” the website quoted one anonymous Biden fundraiser as explaining. “She hates dealing with donors, hates the bulls–t political side of things and how fake it all is, and she thinks of it as a time suck.”
“It’s the single number one reason she won’t run for office, even though no matter what office she’d run for, she’d win,” the individual concluded.
However, not everyone agrees with that assessment. Former Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian believes that whatever natural aversion Obama might have could be overcome by her personal stake in the election, the Hill reported.
“She may not like politics, but also Donald Trump has dissembled everything her husband tried to accomplish,” Harpootlain argues, adding, “If she engages, God help Donald Trump, because she’s tough as nails and enormously popular.”
“She may not be out there breathing fire on the campaign trail. But she’ll be firm, and she’ll explain why Trump is not fit to be reelected and can synthesize her support for Biden in a digestible way.”
Earlier this week, Fox News reported on a poll that it commissioned showing Biden and President Trump in a neck-and-neck race with each receiving support from 49 percent of respondents.