Now that former Vice President Joe Biden appears all but assured of the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, many are wondering who he will choose as his running mate. Biden has pledged that his vice president will be a woman — and some have argued that former First Lady Michelle Obama is a likely contender.
However, Tiana Lowe doesn’t see it happening. In an op-ed on Monday, the Washington Examiner columnist said there is a powerful, perhaps shocking reason why Mrs. Obama’s name won’t appear on the ticket in November: she’s not interested.
“The former first lady is the most admired woman in America, and if she wanted to be the Democratic nominee for president, not vice president, she would already be,” Lowe wrote.
Biden himself has outwardly expressed a desire to have the former first lady join his ticket. In a radio interview on Monday, he said he’d take Obama as his VP “in a heartbeat,” CBS Pittsburgh reported.
“She’s brilliant,” Biden added. “She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The Obamas are great friends.”
But according to Lowe, they aren’t good enough friends for Mrs. Obama to take up a career in politics.
“Obama repeatedly topped early polling for the 2020 primary, and as recently as the end of October, half of all Democrats polled by Fox News said that they would ‘definitely’ vote for her if she made a late entry into the primary. Another 39% said they’d consider it,” she wrote Monday. “In contrast, Biden earned 31% support.”
The columnist went on: “And still, even as Obama has repeatedly rejected the notion, everyone from the backrooms of the DNC to Tucker Carlson has speculated that she’s secretly angling an upgrade from the East Wing to the West Wing.
“But consider this: The top job was hers for the taking, and she let it go. Why would she sign up to be bumbling Biden’s understudy instead?” the columnist opined.
“She doesn’t want the job”
Lowe, for her part, isn’t alone in her assessment; former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett agrees that there is “no chance” that the former first lady has the White House in her future plans.
“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 said in an interview with The Hill on Tuesday.
“She’s not demurring here,” Jarrett stressed. “She’s not being hard to get. She doesn’t want the job.”
Sounds like Uncle Joe is out of luck on this one.