Joe Biden has said that he would pick Michelle Obama to be his running mate in a “heartbeat,” but the feeling doesn’t appear to be reciprocated.
There is “no chance” that Michelle will run for vice president alongside Biden, former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett told the Hill. Michelle’s husband Barack has already given Biden his token endorsement, and Michelle apparently plans to do the same — but not much more than that, it seems.
Jarrett: No chance Michelle Obama joins Biden
As Biden stumbles and stammers his way to the November election, speculation abounds: who among the Democratic party’s stable of establishment strivers is shameless enough to tie their political fortunes to a candidate suffering obvious signs of mental decline? Whoever that person may be, it won’t be Michelle Obama, as Jarrett made unambiguously clear.
“The reason why I’m being so unequivocal is that there just simply has never been a time when she’s expressed an interest in running for office,” Jarrett told The Hill. “She’s not demurring here. She’s not being hard to get. She doesn’t want the job.”
Michelle Obama has long drawn speculation of political aspirations, and she has consistently pushed back against the gossip. As Biden consolidates the nomination, she’s holding the line. It’s not about what Biden wants, Jarrett snapped: Michelle is happy with that life of grifter activism that liberals call ‘public service.’ The question, “what’s in it for me?” seems to be drawing blanks.
“Of course he would take her. That’s not the question,” Jarrett said. “The question is, is this the way in which she wants to continue her life of service?”
She continued, “There is a difference between being a public servant and being a politician, and she has no interest in being a politician,” adding, “Her husband was interested in being both. She’s only interested in the service component.”
Obamas look to rescue Biden, with caution
Michelle’s answer comes after her husband gave Biden his endorsement in a long-winded video that touched on “all the qualities” that make Biden fit for the role, almost as an afterthought. Biden had long been mocked for appearing to court Obama’s endorsement fruitlessly, something Biden denied.
Michelle plans to endorse Biden as well, but it’s unclear when and what form that will take. The former first lady may help with fundraising and driving voter registration and turnout, the Hill reported, through her “When We All Vote” campaign, which enlists the help of celebrities.
Endorsements from the Obamas, celebrities in their own right and often said to be the most admired woman and man in America, respectively, would give a much-needed lift to an uninspiring campaign that even defenders have likened to a lesser of two evils.
Biden has promised to pick a woman to be his running mate — the powers that be apparently sense that a little tokenism is needed to leaven what is a basically fraudulent presidential bid — and names include Stacey Abrams, the imaginary governor of Georgia, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer (D).
How much political capital are the Obamas willing to spend to get Biden past the finish line? It looks like they’re being careful. Understandably.